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Big Apple Jazz Tours New York City (NYC)

Legendary Greenwich Village & Harlem Jazz Tours in New York City

January 2022 message: Happy New Year! We continue our jazz tours through this period of Omicron, all guides and guests must be vaccinated. Sign up for one of our intimate Harlem jazz tours so we can take you to the heart of the local scene. For 25 fantastic years we have become the experts in knowing where underground live jazz is still thriving nightly. Our insider knowledge is even more valuable these days of limited live shows. We recommend choosing Friday thru Sunday Harlem Juke Joint Tours. Or perhaps a Private Tour any night of the week. We also offer consultations for do-it-yourselfers. Contact us for fees: +1 917.863.7854. If you know someone who loves live jazz in hard-to-find neighborhood clubs, please consider buying them one of our GIFT CARDS. Gift Cards are emailed to recipients and are transferrable.

 Peace, Gordon Polatnick - Top Cat, Big Apple Jazz Tours

The Best Harlem Jazz Tours for 25 Years

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Intimate and Immersive
Jazz Tours – 7 Nights a Week

We know exactly which 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 754 NYC Nightlife Activities on TripAdvisor!

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
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
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
The Harlem Jazz Crawl was so much fun

Gordon is a great guide. He's knowledgeable not just about jazz, but about Harlem too. We went to clubs, heard different kinds of jazz and ended out night at the American Legion. The walk thru Harlem was a great way to learn about this part of NY.

– TripAdvisor
Harlem Holiday

Great, very personalized access to and peak 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 of its kind in New York City with a passion for seeking out the authentic hidden jazz 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!

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