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Harlem Juke Joint Tour

A Small Group Tour in Harlem with a Jazz Insider

Quick Details

Meeting Location

  • Midtown Manhattan by Columbus Circle
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Tour Time

  • 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Harlem Jazz Tour Highlights

  • All cover charges included in tour price
  • Visit Harlem as a New Yorker
  • Subway/taxi/walking tour
  • Live Jazz
  • Sightseeing
  • Mixing & mingling

Most Popular NYC Jazz Tour for 20 Years

This Harlem jazz tour is not a “cookie-cutter” tour. That’s not you, and that’s not us. This deep immersion tour escorts you through a minimum of two hidden jazz haunts (but most tours visit three) for hours of swinging live music.

Perfectly integrated into the natural flow of the evening, we pause to see and hear about Harlem’s historic past and dynamic current scene. Learn about the Cotton Club, Savoy Ballroom, Minton’s Playhouse, Swing Street, The Tree of Hope, and the Apollo Theater.

There are lots of ways to enjoy the scene: If you’re a player or singer, let us know so we can help you join the jam. If you like to move, then get up and dance! If you just want to groove, hang back, and let the music wash over you, that’s great too, the choice is yours on this lively jazz tour of Harlem. If you’re feeling gregarious, your guide can introduce you to all the cats. (Mature teenagers are welcome on this tour).

Music charges at clubs and transportation charges are included.

We tailor your itinerary based on each night’s jazz schedule so you hear only the most talented performers in Harlem’s most exciting clubs! Just like jazz, no two tours are alike.

We choose nightly from among thrilling Harlem jazz clubs as:

  • The renowned “Birthplace of Bebop”
  • A members’ only club that dates back to the ’20s
  • A 1960s vintage dive bar with free food and swinging live music
  • A Hammond B3 organ lounge from the ’40s where Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan performed
  • A Speakeasy with roots going back to Prohibition and the discovery of Billie Holiday by John Hammond
  • And new Harlem spots on their way to becoming legendary – all with their own special charms

It’s an amazing scene – Every night, we hear Harlem’s legends and young lions!

We hear vocalists in the Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington tradition, serious soloists in the Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie tradition, and great bits of jazz history in the warmest, most inviting neighborhood in NYC!

Because of our 20 years of experience, even native New Yorkers rely on us for our insights!

There is no tour company like Big Apple Jazz with more intimate knowledge of and passion for New York’s jazz and blues scene. We customize our itineraries to take advantage of last-minute information and hit all the must-see events. No other company is this flexible and passionate about showing you the best time possible. Even native New Yorkers rely on us for our insights!

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  • Chevron down What's not included:
  • Food and beverages are not included in the Harlem jazz tour price, but there are opportunities to eat and drink during this tour when we hang out in the jazz joints. You may wish to bring some extra dollars to tip musicians, guide, and servers.