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Thanks for visiting Big Apple Jazz Tours!  Authentic Experiences:  Since 1997 we have been on the front lines of the underground New York City jazz scene - taking small groups of visitors down into the basements and alleyways where live jazz still thrives in neighborhood nightclubs from Harlem to Greenwich Village.  Hit the BOOK NOW button to read about our legendary tours.  ~ Gordon Polatnick, Top Cat.

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Hosted by:  Gordon Polatnick and Amanda Humes

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Rated New York City's Best Jazz and Blues Tours since 1997   

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5 out of 5 Stars. Reviewed June 8, 2015

"Amanda was our guide last week for the Harlem Jazz Tour. Communication prior to the tour is excellent, and she looks just like her picture! She explained everything, and off we went. Starting at the Apollo (exteriors only) we got some sense of what Harlem and 125th St. must have been like. Then it was off to a very nondescript brownstone basement that you'd never find on your own for great jazz and cheap beer. We hit three other spots that night, ending up around 12:30 hoping to catch Minton's still open, but it was closed for the night. Guess we'll have to go back! Amanda was fun, knowledgeable, and talented, and seemed to know everyone on a first-name basis. She says Gordon is a real font of jazz knowledge and history, but I don't see how it could have been much better. Maybe next time we'll try the Village tour, or the night at Minton's, but we are so glad we left Manhattan and got a taste of Harlem!"  ~ David Y from Nashville, Tennessee

Visited June 2015

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"Greg recommends you consider a "Jazz Tour" if you're not really familiar with the jazz scene in NYC. Go to:  and read testimonials from people who have used Gordon Polatnick's custom tours. Seems that people from all around the world look to this guy's advice and services when they are in town. And his customers range from novices to jazz junkies - from typical tourists to UN ambassadors, high-society members and glitterati just passing through town.

Check it out; looks like a fun way to explore the jazz scene AND maybe meet some interesting people in the process."

~Walter (Buzz) Luttrell

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