Gordon is the founder of Big Apple Jazz Tours.
What started as a personal challenge to discover and document all of New York’s hundreds of jazz joints and to establish Harlem’s first jazz day club, has now blossomed into his life’s work. For more than 20 years, Gordon has enhanced a lifetime of tour guiding with a lifetime romance with jazz. Every night he chooses a variety of the best hidden performances and maps out a route that illustrates the story of jazz in the most exciting and personalized way. His passion for authenticity is contagious.
5-STAR TRIPADVISOR REVIEW
Best night in NYC
“Gordon took 6 of us around to several jazz clubs in Harlem. All had a distinct feel with different types of music. We went to places we would have never found on our own. We did not know the area and it was invaluable to have a friendly, knowledgeable local tour guide.”
W. Padgett from Wisconsin
This Was Freakin’ Awesome!
So great! You have to do this if you like any music at all. Gordon is fantastic! His passion and lifelong love affair with jazz is infectious!
The music was fabulous! We mixed with the band at the second stop and that was really special! The guitarist played with Dizzy Gillespie and other band members had played with George Benson (one of my personal favorites!) and more. Totally cool cats!
Gordon decided to change our third destination on the spot because he just got some new information about a singer. How plugged into the scene is that! She was great, too and really connected with us. All three clubs were local intimate places so you weren’t one of tons of people.
Gordon was so generous as to give us a recommendation for after the theater tonight that clearly is not a place someone not in the scene could find (you’ll have to take the tour to find out why!)
I can’t say enough great things about this. We’ll be talking about it forever. Take the tour. Get up and dance (we did!). No rules, everybody’s cool. Adults young and old will love this! Gordon, I am so glad you do this!
You. Are. Awesome!
Meg from Washington DC