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Best Jazz Venues in New York

Since its beginnings, jazz music has had a strong connection with the culture and people of New York City. As the time jazz moved from New Orleans to the cities of the West and the Northeast, arguably some of the most important evolutions occurred in New York City, the jazz capital of the world. Our guide to New York's best jazz venues reminds you that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.

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Bar Next Door
(212) 529-5945
129 MacDougal Street,
New York City, NY, 10012
thumbThe Jazz Gallery
(212) 242-1063
290 Hudson St,
New York, NY, 10013
The Jazz Gallery is a not-for-profit jazz cultural center providing performance and exhibition space for work in the arts - visual, literary and musical - that takes jazz as its central influence. Our goal is to pres more...
thumbZinc Bar
(212) 477-8337
82 West 3rd Street,
New York, NY, 10012
Located on the border of Soho, Zinc Bar offer a good mix of jazz, Latin, samba, and flamenco Bands. It is more of a late night place.
thumbSoul Food and Jazz Tour of Harlem
690 Eighth Ave,
New York, NY, 10036
Take a tour of Harlem, then dine on soul food and see a jazz show at a famous Harlem club. There's no better way to explore the full range of Harlem's diverse ethnic history, music and food! Relive t more...
55 Bar
(212) 929-9883
55 Christopher Street,
New York, NY, 10014
A Prohibition-era dive bar with incredible nightly live jazz, funk, and blues in Greenwich Village.
thumbBirdland
(212) 581-3080
315 W 44th St,
New York, NY, 10036
When the original Birdland opened fifty-one years ago in December, 1949, Charlie Parker was the headliner and the club was located on Broadway, a few blocks west of 52nd Street, which was a hotbed of jazz in the 1930s and 4 more...
thumbBlue Note
(212) 475-8592
131 W 3rd St,
New York, NY, 10012
Regarding the Jazz scene in New York City, one of the Blue Note's managers matter-of-factly told us: "This is it." Indeed, the Blue Note is arguably the world’s most popular jazz club. Although the club only opened their d more...
thumbDizzy's Club Coca-Cola
(212) 258-9595
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor,
New York, NY, 10023
The classic jazz club reinvented, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola brings the music out of the basement with views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, great soul food and some of the best music to be found anywhere more...
thumbIridium Jazz Club
(212) 582-2121
1650 Broadway,
New York, NY, 10019
Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Iridium Jazz Club is a nice place to hear different kinds of jazz in a nice, mild setting. Despite its’ location in chaotic Midtown West, once you enter the club, the hustle and bu more...
thumbFat Cat
(212) 675-7369
75 Christopher Street,
New York, NY, 10014
Fat Cat is a great pool hall that doesn't scream pool hall when you first walk in. It feels like you are entering a jazz club and the fact of the matter is you are. The eleven tables here are located underground. In addition more...
thumbJazz at Lincoln Center
(212) 258-9800
33 West 60th Street, Floor 11,
New York, NY, 10023
Jazz at Lincoln Center is the world's largest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. With the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Art more...
thumbJazz Standard
(212) 576-2232
116 East 27th Street,
New York, NY, 10016
Jazz Standard presents an extraordinary lineup of world-class artists, warm hospitality, pitch-perfect sound, comfortable seating and earlier sets for those that want to drop in right after work. From classic jazz to f more...
thumbSmalls Jazz Club
(212) 929-7565
183 West 10th Street,
New York, NY, 10014
Smalls is for Jazz purists who don't mind negotiating a cramped, no frills environment in exchange for some great jazz. Smalls features at least three bands all night, every night. Please note that Smalls does not s more...
Smoke
(212) 864-6662
2751 Broadway,
New York, NY, 10025
Located in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights, Smoke Jazz Club offers up a different variety of music throughout the week. On Monday nights, there’s a jam session, which typically begins around 10:30 after the headliners have pla more...
thumbVillage Vanguard
(212) 255-4037
178 7th Ave S,
New York, NY, 10014
The Village Vanguard is one of the coolest places to check out jazz in New York City. Always attracting top quality musicians like Geri Allen, the atmosphere is intimate. Check out their own weekly jazz orchestra on Mondays.
The Jazz Museum in Harlem
212-348-8300
104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2D,
New York, NY, 10035
As the legendary jazz pianist/composer (and mentor to Duke Ellington) Willie "The Lion" Smith once said: "I'd rather be a fly on a lamppost in Harlem than a millionaire anywhere else." His remark still ho more...