Gordon Polatnick's BigAppleJazz.Com

Jazz Clubs List of New York City

Midtown Manhattan Jazz Clubs

 
scroll down

Sponsored By: BIG APPLE JAZZ TOURS
 

Tour References  Best Tour: Harlem Juke Joint Crawl

Listings below in Bold print are known to book primarily jazz music nightly.  
All others are known to book jazz less frequently.

Algonquin Hotel
Oak Room

RIP 2012

(212) 840-6800 59 W 44th (5th / 6th)
Cabaret and crooners in same hotel that gave its name to the infamous Algonquin Round Table literary clique.  Prices are high and the talent usually meets that standard.   Maureen McGovern, Paula West and Jane Monheit perform here periodically. 
Read all about it.
Arci's Place
RIP
(212) 532-4370 450 Park Ave S (30th / 31st) 
"DOORS CLOSE AT ARCI'S PLACE Park Ave. rents too expensive for popular nightspot John Miller makes plans to move to Theater District. After protracted discussions with his landlord, John Miller, the MC of such successful cabaret engagements by Donna McKechnie, Christine Ebersole, Sam Harris and Margaret Whiting, has confirmed that he has been forced to close the doors on the much beloved Arci's Place at 450 Park Ave. South. "~ from website
Au Bar
RIP
(212) 308-9455 41 E.58th (Park / Madison)
This is one of the big players on the upscale (read: expensive but usually well worth it) NYC scene.  Recent vocalists include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Mahogany Ruth Brown, and  Marlena Shaw.  Expect cover charges to hover around $35.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (212) 997-4144 237 West 42 St (7th / 8th)
Mostly a blues, funk classic rock and old school r & b club with some artists from the jazz world getting booked from time to time -- e.g. Sonny Rollins played here.  The ticket price is among the highest in the city, but the acts usually deserve it. Service-charge-free tickets can be purchased at the club's box office daily 10am-midnight.  There is also a small stage in a more intimate room named after the famous guitar -- Lucille's Grill, is off the main bar where less known acts perform for the budget conscience fan.  Check website for Lucille's upcoming schedule.

Birdland

(212) 581-3080  315 W. 44th St. (8th / 9th) 
One of the top jazz and cabaret venues in the city with musical choices 7 nights a week, a fine menu and complete bar.  The original Birdland, named for alto-sax jazz giant, Charlie "Yardbird" Parker was located on Broadway across the street from the Ed Sullivan Theater (where talk-show host, David Letterman's show is currently taped).  This incarnation of Birdland, now in its third location, is perfectly situated amidst the Times Square hotels, and just upstairs from the A Train's 42nd Street stop.  Check their website for weekly events and legendary bookings; and vocalists are encouraged to join in on the very popular Monday night open mic.
Blue Fin
at W Hotel
(212) 918-1400 1567 Broadway

(46th / 47th Streets)
"To create this two-story, 400-seat dining spectacle in the epicenter of the most exciting city in the world, design firm Yabu Pushelberg provided such original features as an expansive sparkling wall of highly polished mirror, glowing resin tables, and a floating staircase that leads to a live jazz club upstairs." ~from their website.  It's as slick as it sounds. ~GP

Carnegie Club (212) 957-9676 156 West 56th Street (6th / 7th Avenues)
Trumpeter Mark Rapp performs with his trio every Friday night from 9 – 12.  2 drink  minimum, no cover, elegant, relaxed setting.  On Saturdays, the Sounds of Sinatra featuring Steve Maglio with Stan Rubin's 11 piece Orchestra.  Two sets at 8 and 10 with a $30 music charge and a 2 drink minimum. Stan Rubin Jazz All Stars with Sarah Partridge perform on Mondays for a 2 drink minimum from 9-12.

Carnegie Hall

(see Zankel Hall)
below

(212) 247-7800 Corner of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue (Corner of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue)

Check calendar for dates, prices and ticket information regarding jazz artists that occasionally play this hallowed venue.  George Wein uses Carnegie Hall to showcase the most popular acts of his annual JVC Jazz Festival in June.
Charley O's (212) 977-0025 713 8th Ave (45th / 46th)
Great jazz at a great price, conveniently located in Hell's Kitchen one block from the Broadway Theater district.   Tuesdays: Stan Rubin's 5-piece band at 8:30PM. Stan Rubin's band is fronted by trombone/piano/vocalist triple threat, Herb Gardner
Charley-O's (212) 246-1960  1611 Broadway (Corner of Broadway / 49th )
Stan Rubin's Jazz Quintet has appeared here every Monday night 8:30 - 11:30 PM.   No cover, $25 per person minimum at tables, one drink minimum at the bar and after 10 p.m.   Stan Rubin's band is fronted by trombone/piano/vocalist triple threat, Herb Gardner.
Chez Suzette

RIP

(212) 581-9717 675 Ninth Avenue (46th / 47th Street)
Chez Suzette maintains an especially inclusive policy by featuring a different singer every night. In addition to the ever-rotating schedule of singers, Chez features Trudi Mann's open mic on Wednesday evening - 8:30pm - 12 am (sign in starts at 8pm) and Sunday brunch: 1pm - 5pm (sign in starts at Noon).  Please bring two copies of your music for piano and bass. On most Fridays at 9:00 Chez's Musical Director/Vocalist, Melody Breyer-Grell, hosts a singer's Salon with the Ellen Starr trio.  NO COVER - $11 minimum will get you great French meals and/or drinks.   "Chez Suzette is a serious little bistro; a remnant of what was once a neighborhood of little French places." Bryan Miller, New York Times
Churrascaria Plantation
RIP
(212) 489-7070 150 Central Park South Closed
(6th / 7th Aves.)
This is a high end traditional all-you-can-eat Brazilian feasting restaurant which has a comfortable lounge with live vocal trios on Fridays and Saturdays.

Club Cache
 NOW: Sofia's Downstairs

SEE IGUANA BELOW

(212) 719-5799 221 W. 46th St (Broadway / 8th Ave)
(Downstairs from Sofia's outside the Hotel Edison)
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have transformed this basement club into the dream come true for traditional big band fans of early jazz.  Listeners of Rich Conaty's long running Big Broadcast on local college station WFUV will die and go to heaven by stepping down these stairs every Monday and Tuesday night from 8PM - 11:30PM.  $15 cash at the door, with a fine Italian dinner menu and dance floor make this a one-of-kind NY event that should be in all the tour books that claim to know what's happening in New York below the radar and below street level.   There's also DJ'd Salsa Dancing on Thursdays.
Club Macanudo (212) 752-8200 26 East 63rd Street (Madison Ave.)
Elegant cigar bar/restaurant scene with Latin band currently featured on Wednesday evenings.  Enjoy the tropical sounds of the Enrique Lopez Band performing Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and more. Call in advance for table reservations.
Cobi's Place (516) 922-2010 158 W. 48th St.
Above Sam Ash (4th floor)
 (7th Ave. / 6th Ave.)
Jazz hostess, Cobi Narita, offers an intimate, all-about-the-music vibe for the inside NY jazz crowd.  Call the Long Island phone number for reservations to shows you may have heard about from the grapevine. There is usually a $10 cover charge and sets often start at 8:00 and 9:30.
Copacabana
Note: New Address
(212) 239-2672 268 W 47th St (B'Way / 8th Ave.)
Latin Dance Bands/DJ's
Da Marino Ristorante (212)541-6601 220 W. 49th Street (8th / Broadway)

Drummer, Jonathon Peretz's Quartet from 9pm- 11:30pm every Friday starting 8/26/05.  There is no cover but there is a minimum at the tables. The band, called StrataBlue, features Jerry Sokolov-Trumpet (Blood, Sweat, & Tears); Jonathon Peretz - Drums, (Ricky Martin, Blood Sweat & Tears, Jean Carne, Benny King , Bob James, and Maynard Ferguson); Tim Regusis - Keyboards ( Patti Austin, Jonathan Butler, Ruben Blades, Najee, Chuck Mangione, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Ofra Haza and Freddy Jackson); Leo Huppert - Bass (Bobby Caldwell, BS&T)

Danny's Skylight Room RIP (212) 265-8133 346 W. 46th St. (8th / 9th) 
Cabaret.  Thai restaurant on Restaurant Row. "from upstarts to great old-timers like Blossom Dearie" and Brett Somers.
Delta Grill (212) 956-0934 700 Ninth Ave. (corner of W48th St.)
"It's where the French Quarter meets Hell's Kitchen. Let the good times roll with Louisiana Brews, jumbo hurricanes, and live blues & jazz, zydeco and bluegrass on Friday & Saturday nights. Portions are large and prices are easy as Chef Gregory Tatis, of K-Paul's in New Orleans, cooks up Creole, Cajun, Blackened & Barbecued dishes. Try the spicy jambalaya, blackened catfish, and fresh raw bar delicacies."  No cover.
Dillon’s (212) 874-7956 245 W. 54 St. (Broadway / Eighth)
Open mic will be held every Monday from 7:45-11 p.m.  (sign-in begins at 7:45 p.m.) Pianist provided; or you can bring tracks, be self-accompanied, or sing a capella. For more info call Shepard & Jourdan at (212) 874-7956 or visit  www.gottasingnyc.com.  The winner will receive $1000, plus submission to record labels and a 30-minute performance on Shepard & Jourdan’s NYC TV show on TimeWarner Cable.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center

(212) 258-9595 60th Street at Broadway, 5th floor (Columbus Circle)
This is the latest and most ambitious venue to open in NYC in a while.  Your friends at Jazz @ Lincoln Center moved their stages to the new Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle and have added 2 other world class venues (
Frederick P. Rose Hall and the Allen Room) to enjoy jazz for all tastes.  Days/Times: 7:30pm, 9:30pm every day of the week, plus 11:30pm Friday and Saturday. There's an 11pm late-night set featuring the best local artists Tuesday through Thursday and after last artist set Friday and Saturday for $10 cover.  Monday nights feature Jazz Stars of Tomorrow.  Reservations are key: $30 cover charge ($10 minimum at tables, $5 minimum at bar),
Mondays: Upstarts!, 7:30 & 9:30pm
Tuesdays-Thursdays: Artist Sets, 7:30 & 9:30pm, After Hours Set 11:00pm
Fridays & Saturdays: Artist Sets, 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30pm, After Hours Set follows last Artist Set
Sundays: Artist Sets, 7:30 & 9:30pm
Downtime (212) 695-2747
(212)
695-3373
251 West 30th St
2nd Floor
(7th / 8th Aves)
Every Friday doors open 5PM - No Cover for Happy Hour they have the Askold Buk Trio from 6PM - 9PM.  Askold Buk Trio
is a "groove-oriented, guitar-driven, melodic instrumental jazz/r&b."
Exit Art
moved to midtown
(212) 966-7745 475 10th Ave. (36th Street)
Exit Art is a hip gallery that sometimes features live jazz performances.  Check ahead before heading down to see music, but go ahead in to see there famous LP covers exhibit.  Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Cafe Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.). The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. The suggested contribution for admission is $2.00, which goes to support Exit Art's programs.
Hotel Stanford's
Maxim Lounge
(212) 563-1500 43 W. 32nd St. (near the corner of Broadway and W. 32nd)
The  Hotel Stanford hosts a weekly jam session, featuring the Maxim Quartet every Saturday night in the Maxim Lounge. Sets are at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 pm, and there is a $5 cover charge.  Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome.
Houston's (212) 888-3828 54th and Third Avenue (In the Citicorp building)
On Sunday evenings find the Matthew Fries Trio (featuring Matthew on Piano and Gary Wang on bass) from 6pm - 10pm in this popular chain restaurant with a nice long bar.  No Cover
Iguana

212-765-5454 240 West 54th St. (8th Ave. / B'way)
Iguana, the midtown Tex/Mex restaurant is the latest home to Vince Giordano's Nighthawks.  This Grammy winning 1920's/30's jazz orchestra has had long-term residences throughout the city for years.  They will be playing for your dancing and dining pleasure every Monday & Tuesday, from 8pm - 11pm. Music Cover Charge: $15. cash at the door.  Food / Drink minimum: $20. There is an elevator to the 2nd floor!  Reservations are strongly recommended.
Il Campanello Ristorante (212) 695-6111 136 W 31st St (6th / 7th Ave.)

This is an upscale venue with a new jazz policy.  They also feature tango as this is an Italian/Argentinean restaurant.  Please call ahead for their jazz schedule, but be prepared for them not to have a clue as this is just getting off the ground and my experience on the phone was off-putting.  $10 Cover; 2-drink minimum at bar; $20 minimum at tables.

Il Punto Ristorante  212.244.0088  507 Ninth Avenue (corner of 38th Street)
Jazz Mondays
Live Jazz and World Music
Two Sets, 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM
Two Course Dinner + Complimentary Glass, Red or White Wine
$35 Inclusive, Plus Tax, Gratuity, (Reserve Early, Limited Seating) Artists such as Victor Prieto and
TK Blue. Presented by Roberta On the Arts.
 
Il Valentino
at the Sutton Hotel
(212) 355-0001 330 E. 56th St. (1st / 2nd Aves)
Northern Italian cuisine is served in this restaurant within a hotel that features 82 year old clarinetist Sol Yaged and his band: Performing every week, Tuesday through Sunday night, 7 pm to 11 pm. "Since 2001 he has been playing at Il Valentino, which is in the Hotel Sutton and was once a club run by the bandleader Eddie Condon. For a handful of diners each night Mr. Yaged turns back time, playing the same songs the same way he did a half-century ago. This is the Sol Yaged who hired the saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and the drummer Cozy Cole as sidemen and who wrote music for the film "The Benny Goodman Story," teaching Steve Allen to play the clarinet for the title role. Even now Mr. Yaged routinely plays into the wee hours...His usual group is Rick Stone on the guitar and Bob Arkin (the younger brother of the actor Alan Arkin) on bass, but he often invites friends to sit in." ~By COREY KILGANNON (NYT)

Iridium

(212) 582-2121 1650 Broadway (at 51st St)
This venue features top internationally known artists, many of whom play in a Les Paul Tribute every Monday. Check out the Iridium for their proactive booking policy which adds many tributes and unusually compelling pairings throughout the year. This is the big Times Square music venue, mainly known for its jazz roots. It is striving hard to create a niche sound of its own, and is not afraid to throw the rock guitar heroes onto the roster. Set Times at 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm . Cover charge ranges from $15 up to $40 with a $10 minimum depending on the artist performing.
Jack Rose (212) 247-7518 771 Eighth Ave.  (At W. 47th St.)
Restaurant with large upstairs lounge.  Check for updated jazz schedule.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center, in the Time Warner Building

Joey DeFrancesco, Paul Bollenback, Idris Muhammad David (Fathead) Newman, Vincent Herring, John Nugent, photo by Frank Stewart

(212) 875-5030 Columbus Circle (N.W. side of Columbus Circle @ W.60th Street, 5th floor)

In the Time Warner building this is the new home of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis.  There are 3 venues at one address.  Check their link for schedule of performances and venue information on the Allen Room, Rose Hall and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.  The birdseye view of Central Park South behind the bandstands at the Allen Room and Dizzy's makes for a memorable NYC jazz night out.  The musical offerings are inspiring.  The prices are high so if you want the experience and are on a tight budget check out the after-hours set at Dizzy's.  Music nightly.

Jezebel

RIP 2008

(212) 582-1045 630 9TH Ave. (44th / 45th St.)
This is the restaurant that brings together a swank but fun New Orleans vibe, and Southern cuisine with a fine New York City piano lounge feel. Call ahead for schedule updates, but expect music here only on the weekends from 8PM till Midnight.  Keep an eye out for outstanding pianist John Hicks who has made Jezebel his NY home on Saturday nights.
Jolly Hotel (212) 802 -0600 22 East 38th Street (5th / Madison Aves.)

Good jazz on Thursdays in the Whaler Bar.  $15 cover charge includes your first beer, wine or soft drink.  Sets: 7pm and 9pm.

Kitano Hotel (212) 885-7119 68 Park Ave. (37th / 38th)
Very intimate and nicely sophisticated Japanese hotel jazz lounge with top NY players. Mostly piano trios and quartets, some vocalists perform 
Monday: Open Jam Sessions, 8:00pm – 11:30pm.  Tuesday: Young Pianist Showcase, 8:00pm - 11:00pm.   Wednesday through Saturday: Live Jazz Sets at 8:00pm and 10:00pm.  Pricing: Wednesday and Thursday: No cover, $15 minimum drink and food per person, per set.  On Friday and Saturday: $25 cover, $15 minimum drink and food per person, per set. Monday and Tuesday: No cover.
La Maganette Restaurant (212) 759-5677 825 3rd Avenue Sandy Jordan performed Thursdays and Saturdays, Larry Hamm, among others accompanied Sandy on piano and vocals. They have just changed their music policy away from jazz -- let's hope or pressure them into reinstituting some jazz nights.
Langan's Bar & Restaurant  (212) 869-5482 150 W 47th St. (6th / 7th) 
Fridays: Live Piano Bar. Lenny Metcalf entertains with songs from Broadway 10:00pm - 2:00am at the bar. Saturdays: Camilla Sanders Jazz Group from 9:00pm - 1:00am.  3-course Prix Fixe dinner ($29.95). No cover / no minimum charge. Sundays: Camilla Sanders Jazz Group from 12:00 noon - 3:00pm. Prix Fixe Brunch with complimentary cocktail ($16.95)
La Prima Donna (212) 398-3400 163 W. 47th St. (6th / 7th)
Fine Times Square Tuscan, Italian restaurant.  Jazz nights feature Ken Simon's trio on Fridays and Saturdays from
8:30 to 11:30. 
Leisure Time Bowling Center (212) 268-6909 625 8th Ave (41st / 42nd St.)
(Port Authority Bus Terminal, South Wing, 2nd Floor)
Fridays:
Tony Purrone plays jazz guitar in the lounge of this bowling alley at the Port Authority.  You get the best of both worlds, and you know who are.  No cover.  8PM & 10PM. 
Le Madeleine
RIP after 28 years
(212) 246-2993 403 West 43rd St. (9th / 10th)
This is a modern French bistro with a long-standing good reputation in the neighborhood for service, food and wine list. Jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini every Sunday and Monday Night from 8 - 11: "It seems that only beautiful sounds emanate from Gene Bertoncini's guitar. This graceful stylist who moves effortlessly between his classical and electric instruments may be best known as part of a matchless duo with the bassist Michael Moore, but Bertoncini has more than enough talent to enchant on his own."—New Yorker, 9/17/01
Local 802 (212) 245-4802 322 W 48th St. (8th / 9th)
Jam Sessions for free every Monday at 7:00
Marie's Jazz Bar And Performance Center For The Arts
RIP
(212) 944-7005 51 West 46th Street

(5th / 6th)
Expect live jazz bands 5 nights a week, but not Wednesdays nor Sundays. Internationally recognized jazz musicians find their way to Maries including Bob Cranshaw, John Colianni, Dave Hopkins, Harvie S., Kenny Werner, Billy Drewes, Tony Marino, Jamey Haddad, and Dave Schnitter.   About $10 cover for bands.  Call for updated information.  Check out Monday night jam
session with Art LillardThursdays in August, 2005 Marie's presents the Manhattan Jazz Society Sets at 6:30PM & 8PM.  Check out their roster!  Bob Cranshaw, Bass (Sonny Rollins); John Colianni, Piano/Vocals (Mel Torme, Lionel Hampton, Les Paul); Tira Bluestone, Vocals (Joe Bushkin); Plus a variety of special guest artists every week: Tommy Morimoto, Sax (Hank Jones, Dave Brubeck, Anita O'Day); Jerry Bruno, Bass (Louie Prima, Liza Minelli, Frank Sinatra);Earl May, Bass (Billy Taylor); Matt Fishwick , Drums (Anita O'Day); Arnie Wise, Drums (Bill Evans); Bucky Pizzarelli, Guitar (Benny Goodman); James Torme, Vocals (Son of Mel Torme); Louis Vanaria, Vocals (Crazy Mario from A Bronx Tale); Jon Paris, Vocals/Blues Harmonica (Edgar Winter, BB Kings); Joe Wilder, Trumpet (Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie); Jay Leonhart, Bass (Mel Torme); Eddie Ornowski, Drums (Bob Dorough)

 McAnn's 948 First Ave (212) 813-1280 (at E. 52nd Street)

Sports bar/restaurant with a jazz policy.
Jazz @ McAnn's
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings.
Brunch every Sunday with music from 1:00 – 4:00p.m.

No cover, no minimum.

Metropolitan Cafe (RIP) (212) 759-5600 959 First Ave. (52nd / 53rd)
Tuesday night live jazz tradition continues at this neighborhood restaurant and bar. From a regular customer -- Stan:
"one of the best kept secrets in town for hearing incredible musicians, for FREE (never a cover charge) on Tuesday nights in Manhattan. I have been attending the gigs there (and have sat in on occasion as well) for the last 5 yrs, where they have Live Music every Tuesday night starting at 10:30 till around 1:30 am...Great place with very good food till midnight, an outdoor terrace in back for smokers nowadays, and people who play there and also simply come and hang out while friends play include:  Randy Brecker, Hugh McCracken, Lenny Pickett (SNL band), James Genus (SNL band), Andy Snitzer, Gil Parris, Bill Evans, Anton Fig (Letterman show band), Will Lee, John Tropea, Julie fernandez and Joel Rosenblatt from Spyro Gyra, Larry Coryel who I've brought there several times, Adam Holzman (ex Miles Davis and grover Washington keyboard player), The Blues bros band with Lou Marini, Chuck Loeb and the list goes on and on"
New York Jazz Cruises (212) 633-1231 Pier 81, West 41st Street (at 12th Avenue)
Notaro (212) 686-3400 635 2nd Ave. (34th/35th Streets)
Guitarist, Larry Luger's Trio featuring Sandy Jordan on vocals.  An intimate scene in this restaurant/lounge for over 4 years with lots of special guests and surprise visitors (like Tony Bennett) to lend a song or join the session. Every Tuesday from 8-12.
Opia Restaurant (212) 688-3939 130 East 57th St. (Lexington / Park)
On the 2nd floor of the Heritage Hotel.  Saturdays through Mondays Opia presents live music from 9:00pm to midnight. From World to funk, blues to contemporary jazz and cabaret -- always an amazing selection of talented musicians to entertain in a swingingly sophisticated setting.   Saturdays feature mostly jazz and blues; Sundays are cabaret nights with great local talent and singing sensations such as Lil Phillips and BJ Crosby.  Call Opia for schedule updates.  Cover Charge is $15 to $20 with a $20 Minimum.
Pasticcio (212) 679-2551 447 Third Ave. (30th St. / 31st St.)
Sunday Jazz Brunch ($11) at Pasticcio returns!   Pasticcio's brunch comes with a glass of sparkling wine for free! No Cover Charge, No Minimum Order. From  12:30pm-4:00pm  See musicians such as Taeko's (Vocal) Trio with featured Guitarist and Bassist, and Carla White's (Vocal) Trio.
Plaza Hotel

The Rose Club

    (58th / 59th Street)
The new Plaza is both hotel and condo.  During it's transformation, new vigor has been added to bring back some of the sparkle of yesteryear when jazz musicians were heard regularly at the Plaza. In fact, Miles Davis released a 1958 live recording from the Persian Room performing with his Kind of Blue band.  Here's hoping the Plaza begins to feel the weight of this history and starts offering jazz nightly.  As for now, be entertained with no cover charge 9-midnight on Wednesdays, by vocalist, Kat Gang and band; and 8:30-11:30pm on Thursdays with Lapis Luna.
Rainbow Room

RIP - But Stay Tuned

(212) 632-5100 30 Rockefeller Plaza (W49th Street between 5th Ave / 6th Ave)
The Rainbow Room was designed to symbolize all the glamour and elegance of New York nightlife with spectacular views of the city.  The Main Ballroom with revolving Dance Floor, located on the 65th floor overlooking North, South and East Manhattan, is open to public on selected week-end days.  
Dinner and Dancing every Friday A big Band Orchestra performs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Red Blazer
RIP
Will reopen in early Nov/03 as Frankie and Johnnies
(212) 947-8940 32 W 37th St
 
Closed
(5th / 6th) 
M-Th four sets starting at 7 pm. Fri-Sat 9 pm - 12:30.  Mondays they have trios, and the bands get larger through Saturday.  The focus is swing music for your dancing pleasure, and vocalists accompany each night.  $16 covers three courses, plus coffee or tea.
Redeye Grill
NO JAZZ
(212) 541-9000 890 Seventh Avenue (Corner of 56th Street)
Jazz nightly Tuesday - Saturday: 8-11:30, Sunday jazz brunch 12 - 3.  Here is a link to their
monthly jazz calendar.  Redeye Grill is conveniently located near many midtown Manhattan and Times Square hotels.  It's interesting to watch the band perform in a tight balcony space above the bar and do their best among the crowd of diners and imbibers below.  The jazz is good, and the food is fine, and there's no cover charge, and if you want to talk during the performance you will not be made to shush.
Russian Vodka Room (212) 307-5835 265W 52nd Street Every Monday, 7pm – 12am  for a very long time.
If you don't know these players, you will be thrilled and surprised by this gig.  Many musicians know about it and are asked to sit in.
Andrei Ryabov (guitar)
Misha Tsiganov (piano)
Dmitri Kolesnik (bass)

Great Russian food and atmosphere

Sage Theatre (212) 302-8818  711 7th Ave (47th / 48th Streets). Upstairs 2nd floor
$12 cover.  Friday and Saturday.  Sets start at 10 PM.  They've had Charles Owens, Lew Tabackin, and others coming up.
Saint Bart's
Les Lieber's
Jazz at Noon
(212) 674-7360 109 East 50th Street Park Ave / 50th Street
Over 40 Seasons and counting...
JAZZ-AT-NOON will inaugurate a new season of lunchtime jam sessions in Autumn as usual. This season's weekly Friday mainstream performances will take place on the ample stage of the spacious and reasonably priced (no music cover-charge, $12 minimum) Café St. Bart's on the North East corner of Park Avenue and 50th Street in Manhattan.
Saint Luke's Church   308 W. 46th St (8th / 9th Avenues)
John Ore's Jam Wednesdays from 4:30 - 7:30 PM. John Ore played with Monk, Lester Young, Bud Powell, Jo Jones, Earl Hines, and Sun Ra.  Tip bucket by no cover charge.
St. Peter's [Jazz] Church (212) 935-2200 619 Lexington Ave. (54th Street)
Jazz Vespers every Sunday at 5:00 PM.  A Worship Service in jazz featuring name and aspiring jazz artists.  Wednesday jazz sessions feature artists in the Living Room of Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Ave) every Wednesday at 1:00 P.M.   The concerts last for approximately one hour. Bring your lunch. A donation of $5.00 is requested.  These jazz sessions feature artists in the Living Room of Saint Peter’s Church every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. (E.G. October 30 Joyce Breach, vocals November 6, Howard Alden, guitar).
Seppi's

RIP
Le Parker-Meridien Hotel

(212 )708 7444 123W 56Th St

(6th & 7th Ave)
Sunday brunch noon till 3pm with
Rick Bogart
Monday 8:30 till 11:30 with
Rick Bogart
Tuesday
8:30pm till 11:30pm
Sedric Choukroun - Saxophone Wednesday 8:30 till 11:30 with Rick Bogart
Thursday 8:30 till 11:30 with
Rick Bogart

No Cover.  This is another fine restaurant located at the Parker-Meridien, but unlike it's neighbor, Norma's ("The best breakfast in New York" title holder), Seppi's features live jazz to make the mood complete.  Rick Bogart makes his clarinet sing Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday Brunch at 12 Noon to 3 p.m. .  Parlour Entertainment's own Sedric Choukroun brings his superb tone and feeling to enhance your dining experience on Tuesday nights.

Shutters Bar/Restaurant

RIP

(212) 279-3446 433 West 34th Street
(9th / 10th Aves.)
Jazz events from time to time.  Call for specifics.  Music on Fridays weekly
Siberia Bar (212) 333-4141 356 1/2 W. 40th St. (off 9th Ave. - door marked w/red light bulb)
Call ahead for jazz events.

Smith's Bar & Grill
John Coliani and Bob Cranshaw weekly at Smith's in NYC's Times Square
Dave Hopkins, Bob Cranshaw, John Coliani at Smiths
NO MO JAZZ

(212) 246-3268 701 8th Ave (Corner of W44th Street)
Smith's is perfectly placed in midtown next to hotels, subways and easily found around the corner from the more popular Birdland. Jazz is brand new in this decades old Irish pub with a strong neighborhood vibe.  Reedman, Dave Hopkins, plays twice weekly with the stunning John Colianni on piano and renown bass hero Bob Cranshaw as the main trio every Wednesday and Friday.  No Cover.  No Minimum.  Call in advance to confirm and keep up with their jazz programming for 2004/5 which has added jazz nights Mondays through Fridays.   Easily, the most laid back yet spirited jazz evening in Midtown for free.  Always a great chance to sit in or watch the stars come out with The Hopkins Trio.  Music from 9:00PM - 1:00AM.  Some nights feature the likes of Kenny Werner, Rachel Z., or Harvie S.  Check in advance if a cover charge applies for special engagements.

Monday night jazz. 8:30PM - 2AM

Sofia's

Sofia's Downstairs
 

SEE IGUANA
ABOVE

(212) 719-5799 221 W. 46th St. (8th Ave. / Broadway)
This is the Italian restaurant at the 1931 vintage Edison Hotel, which features jazz music duo's and trios in its bar Tuesdays - Saturdays 7:00 P.M. to 12:00.  Hidden gems of NY's talented jazz scene sneak in here to play unnoticed by the throbbing Times Square tourist and theater crowd Call ahead for schedule.

DOWNSTAIRS: Every Monday and Tuesday join Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (11-piece band vintage 1920's/30's) for a great evening of Dinner & Dancing: Below Sofia's 3 Sets: 8:00pm to 11:00pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
$15. cash cover charge at the door + $15. food/drink minimum.  DJ salsa dancing on Thursdays.

Somethin' Jazz Club (212) 371-7657 212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. (2nd / 3rd Ave.)
Name changed from Miles Cafe.
E/M train to 53rd St./ Lexington, 6 train to 51st St.
Midtown jazz fans and musicians on the Eastside will be happy to know that a spot just opened up in the spring of 2010 that is all about jazz. Check schedule of nightly events.  Every Sat. 3-6pm Open mic for vocalists.  Japanese cuisine cause it is the sister club to Miles Cafe in Tokyo.  All shows are $10 cover/$7 min. (unless noted otherwise).  Most nights feature two bands playing two sets each starting at 7:30PM for the early set; and the next band starting at 9:30PM till 11:30.
Soul Café
RIP
(212) 233-7685 444 W. 42nd St. (9th / 10th Aves.) 
Jazz Thursdays. Call for performance schedule.  Wonderful ambiance and spectacular soul food.
Stone Creek (212) 532-1037 140 E. 27th Street

 (Lexington / Third Avenues)
Bar, Restaurant, Lounge. Jazz sometimes. No Cover Charge

Summit Restaurant & Lounge
RIP
(212) 759-1964 308 E 49th St (1st / 2nd Aves.)
This is the place to live out your Rat Pack fantasies with Sinatra motifs and Bobby Darinesque entertainers.  There is a  lounge complete with a flagstone fireplace and baby grand piano and every Wednesday through Saturday swingin' singers reign.  Call before you go, because I just tried and someone answered the phone with a voice that sounded like he just toasted the demise of his restaurant a little incoherent and spooky.
Supper Club's

King Kong Room

@ Hotel Edison
(212) 921-1940 240 W. 47th St. (8th / Broadway) 
Please check the King Kong Room link to find out what special events are on the calendar at this Times Square venue.  The Supper Club is mostly being run as a catering hall, but keep in touch just in case swing dancing is brought back sometime soon.
Table XII

adjacent to Lombardy Hotel

NO MO JAZZ

(212) 750-5656 109 East 56th Street (Park / Lexington)

Swanky, quality Italian restaurant that features some of the best supper jazz you are likely to see anywhere in the city.  Check out John Colianni, p; Tira, v; and the Manhattan Jazz Society every Friday and Saturday nights from 7:30PM - 11:30PM.  There is no cover charge and no minimum at the bar.

Swing 46  (212) 262-9554 349 W. 46th St. (8th / 9th) 
Swing 46 is a restaurant/bar offering swinging dance bands 7 Nights a week. $10 - $12 cover at the door.  Sundays feature an afternoon tap class and showcase which honors the late, legendary hoofer: Buster Brown now from 1pm to 4pm.  Followed by Sarah Hayes & the Sophisticats starting at 6:30.  Every Monday Ron Allan and the The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra performs from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Tuesdays feature the
The Bensen-Scott Big Band.  Suggested dress code - no jeans or sneakers but jackets are not required.  Weekend dance bands from 9:30 - 1AM.  Dance lessons are also a welcomed feature prior to the show.
Tagine Dining Gallery 537 9th Avenue 212 564 7292 (@ 40th Street)
This Moroccan style restaurant hosts an ongoing Jazz showcase every Tuesday (usually during the tail end of their wine tasting events). The showcase is lead by Travis Sullivan of Bjorkestra. Other musicians are invited to sit in as well.  They  also have different styles of Jazz every Sunday.   Live entertainment from around the world nightly, and a lot of chances to see belly dancing and eat wonderful cuisine.
Times Square Grill 212-246-1960 1611 Broadway (at West 49th street)
Vince Giordano & His Nighthawks 11-piece Orchestra perform Mondays and Tuesdays.  8:30 to 11:30 - Three Sets.  Food & Drinks available to cover the $25 minimum.  The Nighthawks play original, traditional period arrangements that have been painstakingly transcribed from recordings. 
Tobacco Road (212) 947-1188 355 West 41 St. (corner of 9th avenue)
Relaxed club featuring mostly rock, funk, reggae, blues, folk and jazz too. But the kind of bands they seem to feature come from "music counts more than costume and hair" school of playing.   Hiram Bullock, Will Bernard, Bernie Worrell, Buddy Miles, and Buddy Cage are among the headliners who've played and help define Tobacco Road.  It seems that improvised music is likely to be a part of every show.
Traffic Bar & Restaurant 212.355.2357   (9th Avenue / 48th St.)
Live Jazz Every Wednesday evening.  Music from 7pm till 10pm. There are new bands weekly. No cover charge.
Tutuma Social Club  -- RIP June 9, 2012 (646) 300-0305 164 East 56th Street  (Lexington / 3rd Ave)
This is the first Afro-Peruvian jazz venue in New York City (2009). Their top musicians are playing here live. Open 7 days a week, lunch through dinner, 11 am -2 am. No cover. Singers and musicians to look out for: Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, Laura Andrea Leguia, Hernan Romero, and Gabriel Alegría.   Great food, presented gloriously for a jazz club, that is exotic and authentic.  This is exciting jazz; and you may run into some instruments last seen 50 miles into an arid wilderness.
Zankel Hall (212) 247-7800 881 7th Ave (57th / 56th Streets)
The newest addition to Carnegie Hall's musical  programming and presenting excellence and dominance.  Check the linked schedule to view when jazz is available in Zankel Hall.  This is a fine concert jazz venue with appropriately high priced tickets for high profile and noteworthy performers.
Zipper Theatre (212) 563-0487 336 West 37th St. (8th / 9th)
A quintet with Charles Davis, Dwayne Clemons and Tardo Hammer will hit the stage every Sunday from 9PM -midnight.
Zuni 
NO MO JAZZ
(212) 765-7626 598 9th Ave  (43rd St.) 
Restaurant / Jazz Mondays from 8 - 11:30.  You'll be thrilled and delighted by the new American cuisine, the atmosphere and particularly by regulars
Harry Allen and Joe Cohn.   No cover but a two drink minimum.

BigAppleJazz.Com


Site maintenance/improvement fund - Thanks

 

Help Support BigAppleJazz.Com by watching Free DVDS!
If you sign up for a free trial of Netflix,
we will get a nice commission. No pain just gain.

 

 

Get in the bag
(or T-shirt or
mug
)
and see all the other products and designs
 

2013/2014
Jazz Tour Gift Certificates

 

BigAppleJazz Home

Lower Manhattan Clubs

Midtown Clubs

Upper East and Upper West

Harlem Clubs

Club Reviews

Best Links

Shopping

Artists

Private NYC Jazz Tour Guide

Gallery

Obituaries

Guest Book

Email


(References by satisfied customers)

TOP

Copyright © 1997 - 2014 Gordon Polatnick / Big Apple Jazz.  All Rights Reserved.