Resurrection of our old NYC Jazz Club Bible
|Some of our long-time visitors, (we’ve been around since the turn of the century), have been missing our big list of NYC jazz clubs, and the content we used to include about each club.
As it turns out this information was lingering somewhere in the dark web ready to be resurrected – so here it is. Some of the information needs to be updated, so take it with a grain of salt, and do some further research regarding music policy, cover charges, set times, etc.
Please help us update this list with new intel: [email protected]. I’ll spend some time each day making this a more useful place to look for current information, so feel free to bookmark this page for those times you are seeking an up-to-date jazz guide.
There is also some great historical data. Where you see RIP next to a club listed, you will note that this club has since closed, but we want to continue to recognize that it once was.
Manhattan Jazz Clubs listed alphabetically
5C Jazz Café
The Allen Room
This wonderful new amphitheater, boasts a soaring 50-foot glass wall overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park. Check their website for updated schedule information.
American Legion Post (Col. Charles Young #398)
American Museum of Natural History Series discontinued RIP
Arturo’s Coal Oven Pizza & Restaurant
Bar Next Door
Big Apple Jazz / EZ’s Woodshed RIP – Closed July 2008:
Blue Water Grill
Cachaça – RIP – CLOSED – March 15, 2009
Cafe Creole – RIP 2004 -Moved uptown to Perks – also closed now.
Café Noctambulo (at Pangea)
The Cajun — RIP as of July 30, 2006 – after 28 years in business
Cassandra’s – RIP
Chez Suzette – RIP
Cornelia Street Cafe RIP
Detour – RIP
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
EZ’s Woodshed / Big Apple Jazz RIP – Closed July 2008:
Farafina Café & Lounge Harlem– RIP
Feinstein’s At The Regency RIP after 14 years in January 2013
Fez under Time Café RIP March 2005
Garage (RIP end of 2015)
Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Harlem
The Greenroom RIP
Guggenheim Museum – No Mo’ Jazz – RIP
Il Valentino at the Sutton Hotel – RIP
Jazz Gallery current location
Jazz Gallery Historic location – RIP
Knickerbocker Bar and Grill
Knitting Factory – RIP moved to Brooklyn
Le Jazz Au Bar – RIP
The Lenox Lounge – RIP
Louis 649 – RIP
Marie’s Jazz Bar And Performance Center For The Arts – RIP
Minton’s Playhouse: aka Uptown Lounge RIP Scheduled to reopen again in 2013 — see above
RE-OPENING DAY HAS COME – May 19, 2006. There will be jazz 7 nights a week in the style of the proprietor’s last foray into uptown jazz: St. Nick’s Pub. St. Nick’s Pub is still going strong up on 149th Street (see listing below), but patrons wishing to revisit the heyday can try finding it at Minton’s Playhouse, where they will see weekly performances by Bill Saxton, Eli Fontaine, Gerald Hayes, Wayne Escoferey, Patience Higgins and tap dancer, Omar Edwards, along with their groups. Sunday though Tuesday will have no cover charge. Wednesday – Saturday: $10 Cover/ 2 Drink minimum. Show times: Sunday Starting at 9PM. Monday-Friday starting at 10PM. Seating First Come First Served — Bar opens at 3PM. NOTE: Big Apple Jazz is running a Harlem tour including Minton’s Playhouse and other hidden jazz haunts that continue to excite audiences in ways that downtown clubs have been trying to emulate for the past 80 years. Call Gordon for tour reservations and details: 212 283-JAZZ. and visit our Tour Page.
Mo’Bay – RIP in 2012
Moldy Fig – RIP
Nabe Underground – RIP
National Jazz Museum of Harlem
Opia Restaurant– RIP
Orbit Restaurant and Bar – RIP
“A Different Planet Lands in East Harlem.” Call ahead for current jazz policy. The room is great with a warm vibe and great food.
Porters – RIP
Red Blazer – RIP
Redeye Grill – – NO MO’ JAZZ as of summer ’08
Robin’s Nest Restaurant & Bar – RIP
Designed for jazz, but boasting a flexibility to also showcase opera, dance, theater, film and orchestral performances. Expect Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to perform here for now on as opposed to their previous home up the street. Other jazz educational events and two other Jazz at Lincoln Center venues are worth looking into at the same address.
Roth’s Westside Steakhouse – RIP
Satalla – RIP
St. Nick’s Pub – RIP – March 2011
Smith’s Bar & Restaurant NO MO’ JAZZ
S.O.B.’s (Sounds of Brazil)
Somethin’ Jazz Club – née Miles – now RIP
Subway Station at Columbus Circle
Take the A Train
Sugar Hill Bistro / then Baton Rouge – Both RIP
Sweet Basil – RIP then…
Times Square Brewery – RIP
Tonic – RIP Click on the link though to make the connection.
Torch – RIP
Tutuma Social Club – RIP but morphing downtown at Raymi
WhyNot Jazz Room Closing Nov. 2015 – RIP – and becoming Dominic’s
Zinc Bar – New Location