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Leading Harlem Jazz Tours for over 25 Years

  • Customizable

We’ll design your private jazz tour based on your tastes and our extensive knowledge of musicians, clubs and speakeasies throughout the city.  We know what is happening nightly on and off-the-beaten-path.

An Intimate and Immersive NYC Jazz 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 determined to get an immersive adventure they never expected and will never forget. View our Jazz Tours in New York City!

TripAdvisor ranks us #1

with over 600 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 an amazing and memorable night!

Our extraordinary access even helps the talented players and singers among our guests get on stage and jam with the band.  If you or someone in your group wants to jam while on our popular Harlem Juke Joint or Private Tour, just ask, and we will make that happen!

#1 of 850 NYC Nightlife Activities on TripAdvisor!

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If you've been to New York and haven't experienced Harlem jazz, you haven't come to New York's heart. The jazz tour with Amanda was fantastic. Be sure to include Big Apple Jazz Tours on your New York travel list.

– Lee Jongwoo, Google Reviews
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Gordon was an amazing host! He knows a ton about the history of jazz! He is passionate and engaging. He’s a local, who can give you the inside scoop! He gave us lots of flexibility in tailoring the experience to meet our interests.

– Alinda Shelley, Google Reviews
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Gordon was an incredible tour guide, and friend to our group. We highly recommend his services to anyone in Harlem looking for a great jazz experience!!!!

– Paschal Frisina, Google Reviews
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This tour was the highlight of our trip to New York City! Our entire family enjoyed the whole tour from start to finish. The artists were incredible. Gordon was amazing. I would highly recommend this

– Lorelei Lamphiere, Google Reviews
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Wow wow wow - Amanda went above and beyond to ensure we had a special experience! The bands at both locations were amazing - great talent and very high energy and the most welcoming vibes.

– Maricela Menchaca, Google Reviews