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Pricing per person based on group of 25 or more
Sunday - Top to Bottom (6PM - ?) Visit to a world famous jazz club to hear one of the internationally known legends of jazz with 3-course dinner included. We follow this with a fun, underground jazz club featuring great New York talent in the Village that will stay open till the wee hours of the morning where you can enjoy the jazz while playing games like billiards, ping pong, shuffle board, and cards ($125-alcoholic drinks and games not included).
Monday - Traditional Jazz plus Dinner and Dancing. (6:30-11PM) Visit the oldest jazz club in NYC and hear the Grove Street Stompers as they celebrate 50 years of music making. We'll drink to their longevity and then head up to Times Square and continue our tour of early jazz styles with a Grammy Award winning 18 piece jazz orchestra playing the music of the 1920's and 30's. An Italian dinner is included. ($90-no alcohol included).
Tuesday - Queens and Jazz (5-hours Day Time) Louis Armstrong House Tour in Queens: See Louis's handwritten lyrics sheets from his 1961 summit meeting with Duke Ellington; rare photographs and sheet music from the epic 1954 album, "Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy"; a photograph and score from a "Hot Seven" date for Decca in 1941; treasures from Armstrong and Dave Brubeck's challenging work, "The Real Ambassadors"; and more! Also on display is the new exhibit: Genius at Work – Louis Armstrong in the Recording Studio. It is a collection of photographs and artifacts from the Louis Armstrong House Museum capturing Satchmo making some of his finest records. Plus a special jazz screening at the Museum of Moving Images in Queens. (Note: schedule between 10AM-5PM.) ($35)
Wednesday - Great Day in Harlem Tour: (8-hours from 2-10PM) Take a stroll on the Blvd. of Dreams and rub the lucky Tree of Hope. This tour includes sightseeing of all historic and current jazz venues within Harlem’s famous jazz neighborhoods from Jungle Alley in Central Harlem to Duke’s Place up on Sugar Hill. See the sites of the Savoy Ballroom, Cotton Club, Count Basie’s Club, Small’s Paradise, Connie’s Inn, and the birthplace of bebop, Minton’s Playhouse. This tour includes a private jazz concert in an historic Harlem Renaissance apartment atop Sugar Hill and a private tour of the Apollo Theater and Amateur Night show tickets, plus a sumptuous down home soul food dinner. ($149)
Thursday - Double Header: (7:30PM - 12AM and beyond) Your jazz guide will select the two best shows in NYC for this particular night; and for those who want more there will be a third option in an underground all night club. Dinner at club optional - not included ($95).
Friday - Farewell Supper Club (8-12AM) private dining at Harlem's swankiest speakeasy. Hang with the beautiful people in the club that Barack and Michelle like best in Harlem. Dinner and music and mingling. ($145)
1a) Harlem Sights and Sounds - 4-hours
1:00PM - Pick Up from your hotel by Gordon Polatnick, founder of Big Apple Jazz Tours. We will start with a short drive with commentary up to Harlem the cradle of the New York jazz scene since the early decades of the last century.
1:30PM - Our route will take us past the Apollo Theater and the Legendary Tree of Hope on our way to visit the home of Harlem's jazz hostess Marjorie Eliot for a private recital in her living room. Marjorie's apartment building was also home to jazz greats Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Andy Kirk among others. A jazz trio will play the standards Ellington, Strayhorn and other composers who've left their mark on world culture from their Harlem home base.
2:30PM - A special stop up the street to browse in a vintage jazz bookstore housed in a Harlem brownstone, which is owned and operated by the man who established private libraries for New York's elite social and celebrity class.
3:00PM - The next portion of the tour is dedicated to learning about and visiting the sites that made jazz history such as the sites of the original Cotton Club, Savoy Ballroom, Minton's Playhouse, Small's Paradise, Connie's Inn, as well as the Sugar Hill home of Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Mary Lou Williams, Eubie Blake and others. And if time and weather permit, take a short walk along the Harlem Walk of Fame to the site of the original Big Apple jazz club.
5:00PM - We will conclude the tour back at your hotel in time to rest up for a great evening of jazz..
Total: $1500 divided by number of participants (included mini-bus seats up to 34 guests at a time). No food included.
2a) Soulful Jazz and Soul Food in Harlem - 4-hours
6:30PM - You will be picked-up from your hotel by Gordon Polatnick, founder of Big Apple Jazz Tours, for an evening of great jazz and food in a fabulous supper club in the heart of the sophisticated Strivers Row district of Harlem. Our route will take us past some of the finest row houses and brownstones created over a hundred years ago by the best architects of New York.
Your menu choices will consist of a variety of delectable southern cooking options including: Pan Seared Salmon, Honey BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Sautéed Shrimp, Chicken & Waffles and Centered-cut Pork Chops. Desserts include: Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie, Homemade Bread & Butter Pudding w/rum and caramel sauce and Peach Cobbler. Side dishes, corn bread, coffee or tea and a soft drink round out the menu for a superbly savory meal.
One of the finest female vocalists from the Harlem jazz scene and her quartet will be on hand to serenade us for two magnificent sets of standards. And you never know who will walk in off the street to sit in or perhaps offer an impromptu tap dance.
10:30PM Back at hotel. It will be an evening you will not forget that delivers on Harlem's historic promise that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.
$700 for transportation by mini-bus
up to 34 guests
$20 for 2 sets of jazz.
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