Gordon Polatnick's Big Apple Jazz Tours

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Big Apple Jazz Tour Agency offers exciting private tours, walking tours, van or bus tours, Harlem Tours, student tours, corporate incentive tours, unique tours that make great gift ideas (under $100) for the jazz fan who has everything.


   Private Tour
  customized, 4-hour minimum  info


   Harlem Juke Joint Tour
  walking, 4/5-hours, up to 8 guests   info


   Great Day in Harlem Tour with soul food
  VAN Tour, 5-hours, up to 12 guests   info


   Greenwich Village Jazz Crawl
  walking, 4-hours, up to 10 guests    info


   'Round Midnight at Minton's with Amanda
  walking, 4-hours, up to 15 guests    info

   Student Group Jazz Tour
  all-ages  --  customized   info




From Duke to Dizzy - Harlem Elegance

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Harlem Juke Joint Tour:

We start out by taking the A Train to Sugar Hill and catching old-school Harlem vocalists in a legendary neighborhood juke joint.  Then we walk/or subway down to Central Harlem and point out several great current jazz venues, and restaurants, as well as the locations of historic ones such as the original Cotton Club, Savoy Ballroom, Smalls Paradise, Count Basie's Club, The Big Apple - - and the site of the legendary Tree of Hope.  Our next set of music is at a side street, members only club with a Hammond B-3 organ trio and a great inexpensive soul food menu.  (Other great Harlem clubs may be substituted based on scheduling needs).  PHOTO AND VIDEO GALLERY at bottom of page.



Price per person: $99.   Includes cover charges, guide service, roundtrip subway transportation.
Timing: 4-5hours.  Tours begin and end in Midtown Manhattan
Expenses: Drinks and food and musician tips

Advance purchase required — tours often sell out in advance!

"This tour, hosted by New York jazz expert Gordon Polatnick, is the real deal for jazz buffs."
~ Brian Silverman Frommer's New York City 2013 & New York City For Dummies

"Gordon, Thanks a million for the fabulous Harlem jazz experience you mastered so wonderfully! I wish all my colleagues from the UN could hear your charming stories and insights, or the fantastic jam sessions you gave us the chance to enjoy in some cool clubs. My stay in New York would have been much poorer without this tour! Thanks for opening my eyes to the places where I can have the most authentic and thrilling jazz experiences!!! Iíll be back!
~ Ambassador Simona Miculescu, Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN

  More references by satisfied customers


Bill Saxton / Dennis Davis -- 2009 Underground Big Apple Jazz Fest. Bill Saxton / Dennis Davis -- 2009 Underground Big Apple Jazz Fest.


Nat and Max Lucas at the Post

Omar Edwards, tap; Alex Violette, sax
Sam Gresham - drums at NAMA

Jason Campbell and Seleno Clarke at the Post
Dean, Rio, and Isaiah at the Pub
Kenny Cherry Williams, American Legion Post


(References by satisfied customers)

Big Apple Jazz

Private NYC Jazz Tour Guide




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