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Zeke Mullins, Carol Sudhalter Leonard Gaskin, Ray and Toni, Tootsie Bean, and Myrna Lake at CajunGenis, Dolores, Mar, Cristina Negre from SpainGroup with Dion Parsons in HarlemBig Apple Jazz Student TourA Great Day in Harlem StoopPreacher Robins at Robin's Nest with GroupAnita O'Day with Christie, Jeff and GordonKristin Dahl cutting a rug at Robin's NestPatience, Avishai, Marcus, Wayne --Jam Session
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Rahn Burton 2011 organ photo by Gordon PolatnickShy trumpet 2011 photo by Gordon Polatnick
Tarik Shah, bass, St. Nick's Pub
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Apollo Theater, NYC, 1989.  Photo credit: Gordon PolatnickBill Saxton at Bill's Place 2010, photo credit Gordon PolatnickDavid Durrah, piano; Eugene Mohammed, drums.  Photo credit: Gordon Polatnick
Congressman Charles Rangel and Gordon Polatnick in front of EZ's Woodshed in Harlem.  Click here to read reviews of Big Apple Jazz Tours.Sax-E 1 at Post 398, photo credit: Gordon Polatnick
Jean-Michel Pilc and Harry Belafonte at Jazz Standard. Photo credit: Gordon PolatnickThe Old Lenox Lounge closed on Dec. 31, 2012

Anette St. John outside EZ's WoodshedGordon taping a segment with Toni Senecal of Toni On! New YorkEssiet Okon Essiet 2011 photo by Gordon PolatnickClick here to go straight to TOUR page.
Solomon Hicks @ Cotton Club 2010
Omar Edwards Cotton Club 2010Sheldon Sweeper, Yovanne Pierre, Sax-E One photo by Gordon PolatnickDormisha Edwards Cotton Club 2010

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Harlem Juke Joint Tour

 

Photos by Big Apple Jazz Tour guests:

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Bertha Hope, Habiba Matthew, Gordon Polatnick, and LaChanzeChevy Chase at Showman'sPat Metheny and Gordon at the BeaconGordon Polatnick with Ravi Coltrane at EZ's WoodshedJean-Michel Pilc and Harry Belafonte at Jazz StandardGordon with Dr. Lonnie Smith at EZ's WoodshedAnita O'Day with Christie, Jeff and GordonDick Griffin at St. Nick's PubCongressman Charlie Rangel, Gordon Polatnick, and Assemblyman Keith WrightSeleno Clarke and Chevy Chase
Zeke Mullins, Carol Sudhalter Leonard Gaskin, Ray and Toni, Tootsie Bean, and Myrna Lake at CajunGenis, Dolores, Mar, Cristina Negre from SpainGroup with Dion Parsons in HarlemBig Apple Jazz Student TourA Great Day in Harlem StoopPreacher Robins at Robin's Nest with GroupKristin Dahl cutting a rug at Robin's NestPatience, Avishai, Marcus, Wayne --Jam SessionBillie Holiday at Town Hall Poster for sale at Big Apple Jazz
Marjorie Elliot at Parlor EntertainmentHarlem sax giant, Bill Saxton, up in EZ's Woodshed at Big Apple JazzHakim Jami at EZ's Woodshed 2008Jose Feliciano and Les Paul at the Iridium, 2006 -- Big Apple Jazz TourLeeolive Tucker and Sheldon Sweeper with Kenny WilliamsJoey DeFrancesco, Paul Bollenback, Idris Muhammad David (Fathead) Newman, Vincent Herring, John Nugent, photo by Frank StewartBill's Harlem Jazz Scene photo by Gordon Polatnick
Your kids can learn to play and appreciate jazz piano...call Cathy at 917 340-1020Sheldon Sweeper performs Lullaby of Birdland at EZ's Woodshed Hakim Jami at EZ's Woodshed with Gordon and guestsRahn Burton 2011 organ photo by Gordon PolatnickGordon and Franco the Great in front of Franco's mural for EZ's WoodshedLive jazz daily at EZ's Woodshed in Harlem starting at 2PMEric Reed up in EZ's Woodshed

Ravi Coltrane and Todd Herbert at EZ's WoodshedThe Gang in front of Sugar Hill Bistro on W145th StreetAnne and John at the American Legion Post on 132nd StreetEssiet Okon Essiet 2011 photo by Gordon PolatnickStu Zimmerman chilling at 22 West on 135th StreetBill Saxton at Bill's PlaceNat and at American Legion PostChubby Checker visits Gordon Polatnick at EZ's Woodshed 3/2008

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Leonard Gaskin and Sam Ulano at the Garage

Uptown photos

Downtown photos

Tour photos

Brooklyn photos

 

Uptown Jazz Club Scene
(links and addresses)

The gallery is open.   2001-2004 photos of Harlem's Living Legends: Featuring Frank Wess, Winard Harper, Francois Moutin, Bill Saxton, Roy Ayres, Seleno Clarke, Craig Haynes, Nathan Lucas, Jimmy Preacher Robins, Marjorie Eliot, Bob Cunningham, Charles McGhee, Della Griffin, Mintzy Berry, Miss Cantrese, Vitti Gory, and Freddy Nelson.  Performances took place at St. Nick's, Showman's, Charles Young American Legion Post, and M&S Frontline, Lenox Lounge, and Robin's Nest.  Additional photos from Cleopatra's Needle on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

EZ's Woodshed   RIP
EZ's Woodshed Cafe at Big Apple Jazz in Harlem

Ronnie sits in on Fridays with Kevin McNeal and here with Sal Caruso at the Sunday Jam

Manny Duran at EZ's Woodshed, photo by Gordon Polatnick

St. Nick's   RIP
St. Nick's Pub, 149th and St. Nicholas Ave., Harlem, NY

Roy Ayers at St. Nick's

Craig Haynes Quartet at the New St. Nick's Pub, 2004

Bill's Place
Bill's Harlem Jazz Scene photo by Gordon Polatnick
Bobby Watson and Bill Saxton at Bill's Place, photo by Gordon Polatnick Bill Saxton at Bill's Place photo credit Gordon Polatnick, 2010

Minton's Playhouse

Gordon and Earl Spain at Minton's Playhouse reopening.  Photo by Steven Polatnick

Famous mural behind stage at Minton's Playhouse reopening.  Photo by Gordon Polatnick

George V. Johnson sits in with Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet at Minton's Playhouse reopening.  Photo by Gordon Polatnick

Patience Higgins at Minton's Playhouse reopening.  Photo by Gordon Polatnick

American Legion Post #398
 Colonel Charles Young American Legion Post #398
Seleno Clarke, Sunday Jam, American Legion Post, Harlem Max Lucas, 91 years old! Roger Coles, Sunday Night Jam, American Legion Post, 132nd St. Harlem
Showman's
Nathan Lucas at Showman's, 125th Street, Harlem
Londel's Supper Club
Ladybird Sunshine and Preacher Robins at Londels

Creole   RIP



Cleopatra's Needle
Cleo's Needle, Broadway and 92nd Street
Joel Forrester and People Like Us at Cleopatra's Needle Nightly Jam Session at Cleopatra's Needle Claire Daly with People Like Us at Cleo's
Parlor Entertainment
555 Edgecomb Ave., Harlem, New York City
Charles McGee and Bob Cunningham at Parlor Entertainment Marjorie Eliot's Parlour Entertaintainment, 555 Edgecombe Ave., Harlem Marjorie Eliot greets a guest during her Parlor Entertainment
Lenox Lounge    RIP
Winard Harper at Lenox Lounge Frank Wess at Lenox Lounge Francois Moutin at Lenox Lounge
Hideaway Lounge
Miss Cantrese Alloway Daniel Schlein solos for Della Griffin Sugar Hill Bistro

Robin's Nest  RIP

 


Nathan Lucas


M & S Front Line
540 W. 145th St., Harlem
Freddy Nelson, M & S Frontline, 145th Street, Harlem Vitti Gory, M & S Frontline, Harlem Vitty Gory
Cotton Club
Dormisha Edwards at the Cotton Club March 2010
 
Solomon Hicks at the Cotton Club March 2010 Omar Edwards at the Cotton Club March 2010

 

   Lower Manhattan Jazz Clubs
    (links and addresses)

Arthur Sterling at 5C Cultural Center
Arthur Sterling
at 5C Cultural Center

Eri Yamamoto
Eri Yamamoto Trio
 at Arthur's

Ikuo Takeuchi and John Davis at Arthurs Tavern
Ikuo Takeuchi and John Davis
at Arthur's Tavern

Yardena and Trio at the Garage
Yardena and Trio
at The Garage


Cajun  RIP
Carol Sudhalter, Leonard Gaskin, and Mryna Lake at Cajun 2.23.03 Carol Sudhalter, and Mryna Lake at Cajun 2.23.03 Zeke Mullins at Cajun 2.23.03


Village Vanguard

CICIDINHO TEIXEIRA & Ana Lu, Vanderlei, and Osvaldo
Cicidinho Teixeira & Ana Lu, Vanderlei, and Osvaldo


CICIDINHO TEIXEIRA & FRIENDS
Cicidinho Teixeira & Friends
at Zinc Bar
Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc
Sam Newsome

55 Bar

Adam Kipple at 55 Bar
 
Jean-Michel Pilc, Ari Hoenig, Matt Penman, w/ JD Walter Ari Hoenig Trio July 9, 2003, 55 Bar

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(1) Big Apple Jazz Tour: sample clubs and music we will see
(2) The Harlem Jazz Scene past and present is celebrated in this short video

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