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An Intimate and Immersive Jazz in NYC Experience

Intimate and Immersive
Jazz Tours – 7 Nights a Week

We know exactly which New York city jazz clubs are swinging each night of the week, and which bands are not to be missed.  We show you where it’s at, and introduce you to all the cats!

Since 1997, Big Apple Jazz Tours has been on the front lines of the underground New York City jazz scene – taking small groups of visitors down into the basements where thrilling jazz and blues still thrive in hidden jazz haunts from Harlem to Greenwich Village.

Our guests range from New Yorkers who rely on our insights, connections, and expertise, to visitors from around the globe hoping to have an immersive adventure they could never have expected and will never forget. View our jazz tours in New York City!

#1 of 775 NYC Nightlife Activities on TripAdvisor!

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Our highlight of NYC

What can I tell you about our host Amanda, other than that she is amazing!? She's loud, vivacious, beautiful, and knowledgeable about all things New York, jazz, and drinking; which makes her the perfect host for a jazz tour around Greenwich Village.

– TripAdvisor
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Great Night of Jazz

"Enjoyed a great night in Harlem with Gordon taking us to listen to beautiful people play beautiful music. Listening to and meeting these musicians was a highlight of our New York City trip. Being welcomed by the club owners, staff and customers was a plus. Truly wonderful experience."

– TripAdvisor
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Harlem Jazz Tour with Amanda

A fantastic evening of jazz. I would like to thank Amanda, your knowledge is second to none and we hit the jackpot with you being our tour guide for the night. The standard of the musicians was incredible.

– TripAdvisor
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Memorable music, culture, & history

Gordon's warmth, expert knowledge & low-key demeanor are matched by his passionate love of the music. He has great rapport with club owners and musicians and clearly takes care of his own. I've done the tour twice and recommend it highly to anyone looking for a memorable musical experience in NYC.

– TripAdvisor
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Harlem Holiday

Great, very personalized access to and peek at a neighborhood in Manhattan we probably wouldn’t have ventured to on our own. The focus was jazz, but vibrant, energetic and engaging tour guide Amanda also wove in connections to history, architecture and neighborhood culture.

– TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor ranks us #1

with over 500 EXCELLENT ratings!

Big Apple Jazz is recognized as the only tour company specializing in jazz in New York City with a passion for seeking out the authentic hidden haunts of Harlem & Greenwich Village. Gordon Polatnick founded this company in 1997 to offer intimate, small group experiences to travelers and locals alike who crave authenticity, insight, customer service, and a real good time!

Our extraordinary access even helps the talented players and singers among our guests get on stage and jam with the band. If someone in your group wants to play on your NY jazz tour, just ask, and we will make it happen!