169 East Broadway
(Rutgers / Jefferson Sts.)
(Chinatown/Lower Manhattan) (f train to East
Jazz nights are plentiful including B3 Jazz on Wednesdays, and trios on
weekends. Check calendar and make phone calls to see what's happening
The History-Back in the '50s, 169 was home to so many fights that
it was nicknamed the "Bloody Bucket." By the '90s, this tough joint became
known for religious altars, the Chinese mafia and a Doberman chained to
the bar. Now, with young cats moving to the L.E.S and Chinatown, the
transformation from unwittingly to wittingly hip is nearly complete. ~Citysearch
Editorial Review By Karen Hudes New Orleans vibe prevails.
55 Christopher St. (Seventh Ave. So. / Waverly Place)
Bar dates back to Prohibition, having opened in 1919. Miles Davis Band
veteran, Mike Stern holds most Mondays; and other regulars include: Sweet
Georgia Brown, and KJ Denhert. Small cover and 2 drink minimums for
late sets. Early shows begin around 6
or 7PM with no cover; and late shows begin around 10PM. Weekends can get a little bluesier. Get here early for prime seating because the club is small
and Mike Stern et. al. packs them in. Everyone booked here is playing
for keeps, so you're bound to find some of the best young players around
pointing you in a forward direction along with the seasoned veterans.. Live music 7 nights a week.
No kitchen. For more information see:
Big Apple Jazz 55 Bar Club Profile by Gordon Polatnick
68 Ave. C (southeast corner of 5th St.)
living example of Bruce Morris' vision was the creation, with Trudy Silver,
of the 5C Cultural Center. A performance venue for poetry, music and
theater, 5C features emerging artists as well as great masters. 5C also
features a display of exquisite photographs of musicians, out of print
books, rare records, independent labeled CD's, cassette tapes and other
cultural artifacts. The 5C Cultural Center features accomplished piano jazz
soloists among their offerings. Call ahead for schedule. A modest cafe
with reasonable prices completes the picture. 5C is a dream come true for
die hard fans of East Village jazz history and jazz lovers alike.
Monday - Friday from 7 AM - 7 PM; and Saturday and Sunday 9 AM -
7 PM. Jazz is always the vibe.
(1st floor Gallery)
(Clinton / Suffolk) take the F and J trains at Delancey/Essex
"ABC No Rio is a collectively-run center for art
and activism. We are known internationally as a venue for oppositional
culture. ABC No Rio was founded in 1980 by artists committed to political
and social engagement and we retain these values to the present." ~from
their website. Sundays from 7PM and for only
look for The
Improvised music series From C.O.M.A. (citizens ontological music agenda) an
open jam will follow scheduled performances.
19 West 8th St.
(5th Ave. / MacDougal)
for fine cocktails, tapas and chit-chat and stay for the jazz. 8th Street is
awash with restaurants and lounges and Analogue was clever enough to elevate
itself from the crowd by offering jazz on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesdays.
Great New York players get the gigs and tell their great musician friends to
come and sit in. No cover charge, relaxed but talky atmosphere. Music from
7-11PM (and they are considering adding more nights).
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk St
(Stanton / Houston)
Housed in the oldest Jewish synagogue in NYC, and the first reformed
synagogue in America. "The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts
was established in 1992 by a group of artists who were inspired by the
work of sculptor Angel Orensanz. In a short period of time it has affirmed
itself as a strong anchor of the visual and performing arts in New York."
Please check their website to keep up with special events --this is a
venue that is fascinating to visit, but only rarely has a jazz event.
112 Suffolk St
(Rivington / Delancey)
Antibes Bistro hosts local jazz musicians every Tuesday and
Wednesday evening from 7:30-10:30pm and serves accessibly priced
French Mediterranean fare with a full bar.
See schedule of performers
Antique Garage Restaurant
41 Mercer St.
(Grand / Broome)
Jazz nightly: 7:00 - 10:30 with
Saturdays and Sundays Brunch: 1:30PM - 4PM
Check the calendar
for their top shelf musicians
34 East 2nd Street (Corner of 2nd Ave)
little bistro (seats about 25) is my favorite new find -- even
though it's been open since the late 90's. The Russian/French menu is filled
with surprises that tasted like heaven at half the price. And they
squeeze in live music that is intimate and engaging: Look for the extraordinary, Grace Garland
on the schedule.
57 Grove Street (NW corner of Grove and 7th Ave. So.)
1937. Longest continually run jazz
club in NYC. Jazz: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Pay close attention to Eri Yamamoto's trio burning up
the cozy stage on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Dixieland
jazz: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays. Blues and R&B from 9
p.m. - 3 a.m. from Tuesday through Saturday; and 11 p.m. - 3 a.m. on Sunday
and Monday. The Creole Cooking Jazz Band, and over 50 years of
the Grove Street Stompers. Sweet Georgia Brown and Alyson Williams have been playing here weekly forever, and for good
reason: They romp and stomp the house. No cover charge. Weak
drinks. All about the atmosphere.
Arturo's Coal Oven Pizza &
106 West Houston St. (Corner of Thompson St.)
jazz hits seven days a week in this hectic and aromatic coal oven pizza
shrine. Here for over 40 years on the borderline between the Village
and SoHo. Jimmy Young was enshrined behind his piano on weekends
for as long as anyone can remember anchoring his loosely swinging
quartet. Home of the late great pianist, Harry Whitaker.
Jazz sets are Fri - Sat: 9-2. Sun - Thurs: 7-12. No cover. Great
food. No website.
Baby Jupiter - RIP
170 Orchard St
(Corner Stanton / Orchard)
Not much jazz booked here, but you never know.
Room @ Bona Fides Restaurant - RIP
60 2nd Ave
3rd & 4th Sts.
Inexpensive Italian restaurant with quality NYC jazz nightly.
No reason not to check it out and see for yourself. Sets at 8, 9:30,
and 11 pm. No cover charge, two drink minimum.
Baggot Inn -RIP
New Home to
82 W. 3rd Street
(Thompson / Sullivan)
An early-starting, once-a-week jazz break occurs Tuesdays from 6pm
- 8pm (Jazz Hour with Vincent Leahy), at this friendly New York University
neighborhood Irish pub. No Cover.
New York City
53 East 11th Street
(Broadway / University)
The John Birks Gillespie Auditorium, dedicated to the late jazz great
Dizzy Gillespie, is located within the New York City Baha’i Center.
Beginning on January 6, 2004, the anniversary of Dizzy’s death, his former
pianist and musical director, Mike Longo, is presenting weekly jazz
Tuesday evenings at 8:00 and 10:00 PM. Admission is $15.00
per show, $10.00 for students.
Bar Next Door
(to La Lanterna Caffe)
129 MacDougal St. (W3rd / W4th)
7 nights a week where it belongs on old school, funky MacDougal
Street, Greenwich Village, USA: I can't get over how great this club is, and
how well it fits that fading niche of a romantic, intimate, subterranean,
beautiful, reasonable, friendly, and above all, a place to hear great jazz. The Bar Next Door is too good
and it's true.
Monday through Thursday Sets: 8:30 to 9:45pm and 10:30 to
11:45pm. $12.00 cover-all night. Friday & Saturday
Sets: 7:30 to 8:30pm, 9:30 to 10:30pm, 11:30pm to 12:30am. $12.00 cover
per set. Sunday Sets: 8:00 to 9:15pm, and 10:00 to 11:15pm.
$12.00 cover-all night. NOTE: There is also an Emerging Artist set
starting some nights at 6:30 with no cover charge. Full Premium Bar, Dining Until 2AM. Check Calendar for current schedule. For
that fading Village vibe, make sure that you stop in for an espresso and pastry
in the enclosed garden next door
at La Lanterna Caffe.
The Black Duck - RIP
in the Park South Hotel
122 East 28th Street
Bar and restaurant that hosts live jazz trios/vocals from
9:30 PM-12:30 Friday and Saturday nights.
Their "upscale seafood menu
draws on Asian influences, with European hints and American helpings."
131 W. Third St. (6th Ave./ MacDougal Street)
in 1981, the Blue Note is arguably the world's most popular jazz club.
World renown talent often take the stage for six day runs. Monday nights often feature a half price bargain to see a one-off show by
younger upstarts, near legends, or even full blown superstars who only have
one night to offer. Sets generally start at
8:00 and 10:30. Prices are $15-$85
for table reservations + minimum, or
$10-$45 cover at the bar. Get there
early to get inline outdoors for the best seating options. And while
standing there, take note of the wonderful grand piano awning above.
Weekends feature a special funked-up show for cheap at 12:30 AM and a Sunday
brunch set as well.
Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square West (Corner West 16th St.)
restaurant with live jazz booked for downstairs dining area. Call for
reservations. No cover, but meals are high end.
6 Delancey St.
Medeski, Martin and Wood, Charlie Hunter et al have played here, but
mostly B.B. books hot rock acts.
The Bowery Poetry Club
(Houston / Bleecker) Across from where CBGB's
Rent got too high so now the space has been made beautiful and is shared
with burlesque house:
Duane Park...jazz is not common but poetry is and their
events schedule will give
you the lowdown.
Tuesday Jam Session: Midnights on the Bowery: Jazz Jam
Session. w/ the Matt Wrobel Trio. Welcoming musicians, poets, artists of
all kinds. No cover - just buy a drink, listen, play, hang.
Look out, the 20's and the 50's and the 60's and the 40's and the 30's are
back: "...We think it’s time to acknowledge the Horrific Triumph of
Capitalism and see if poetry, placed in an amenable circumstance, full of
pleasure, music, danger, intellectual irascibility, hiphop, highbrow
culture, multiculti activism, communal chutzpah, Po Mo Beatology, and the
Best Coffee on the Block, can make a go of it on The Bowery."
The Bubble Lounge - RIP
228 West Broadway
(White / Franklin Sts.)
NO MORE LIVE JAZZ
The Bubble Lounge, a champagne infused downtown legend in the making,
presents live music Mondays and Tuesdays. Their booking policy leans
toward the hip, and world oriented neo-cabaret, 8PM - Midnight. No
cover charge. Call for Reservation 212-431-0949
Cachaça - RIP
35 West 8th Street
The latest and greatest addition to 8th Street since Jimi Hendrix opened
his studio across the street. Great live jazz in a great location.
Watch out for the parking regulations on 8th street late at night.
Cover charge $10 - $20.
- RIP 2004
Moved uptown to Perks
99 MacDougal St.
(W.3rd / Bleecker)
A new addition to the subterranean MacDougal Street music scene with Cajun
and Caribbean cuisine and jazz served up Tuesday thru
Sunday from 6:00-2:00 and Mondays from 9-2. No cover. No
website, so call for schedule.
32 Jones Street
(Off Bleecker Street, near Seventh Avenue)
Vivaldi is open daily at 6PM for Live Music, Drinks
& Dinner (Optional) only, Open from 12noon for brunch on Saturdays
and Sundays. Jazz is one of the many genres covered nightly.
OPEN MIC Mondays: 7:00-11PM.
Cajun - RIP -
As of July 30, '06
Closed after 28 years
129 Eighth Ave.(16th
Dixieland and swing nightly 8 - 11 as a backdrop to a New Orleans
Monday: Kevin Dorn's Traditional Jazz Collective
New to the Cajun - 8:00 - ll:00 pm
Tuesday: Stanley's Washboard Kings
Dixieland Music - 8:00 - ll:00 pm
Wednesday: Canal Street Dixieland Jazz & Blues Band
Featuring Authentic New Orleans Jazz - 8:00 - ll:00 pm
Thursday: The Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra
Conducted by Orange Kellin - Radical Pop Music from the Ragtime Era - 8:00
- ll:00 pm
Friday: Johnny Tupelo & The Sidekicks
1950's Pop, Rock & Country - 8:00 - 11:30 pm
Saturday: The Red Onion Jazz Band
Featuring New Atlantic Jazz - 8:30 pm - Midnight
Sunday: Kevin Blancq's Crescent City Trio
New to The Cajun - 7:30 - 10:30 pm
The Cajun is a wonderful "change of pace" jazz location in Manhattan,
which consistently tips its hat to the cradle of jazz. If you are a
Trad. Jazz fan or are deciding on a night of affordable dinner and jazz with
guests who are timid about jazz in general, then The Cajun is the no-brainer
choice. No cover, good Cajun food, and a bar far from the music where
conversations are not overwhelmed or intrusive, makes this a great New York
Carpo's Café - RIP
189 Bleecker St.
(Corner MacDougal St.)
Live jazz accompanies the cafe scene in this prototypical Greenwich
Village corner espresso emporium
from 9:3O p.m.-1:3O a.m. If you have a sense of Village
history you will want to stop here because once upon a time the
establishment at this location was beatnik and bohemian central for
downtown's literary set. In those days it was known as the San Remo.
157 Bleecker Street
Jazz is infrequently booked at this all purpose historically-minded dinner/drinks/music space in the
heart of the Bleecker Street live music scene. Historically, this was the site of Kenny's Castaways which was
witness to the days of a struggling-to-get-noticed: Bruce
Springsteen and the E Street Band back in 1973.
for your convenience.
Caviarteria - RIP
310 W. Broadway
LOUNGE - RIP - Oct. 15, 2006
(At the start of Bleecker St.)
The Final FREESTYLE JAZZ Show @ CBGB'S LOUNGE
FREE ADMISSION (PASS THE WORD)
SUNDAY JULY 31, 2005 7pm
Featuring: Susan Alcorn, Tatsuya Nakatani, Joe Giardullo, Audrey Chen,
Daniel Carter, Dom Minasi, Roy Campbell, Hayes Greenfield, Daniel Levin,
Ursel Schlicht, Matana Roberts, Reuben Radding, Louie Belogenis, Kevin
Norton, Joe Morris, Bill McHenry, Andy Haas, Sabir Mateen, Cooper Moore,
Henry Warner, Ken Filiano, Angie Sanchez, Steve Swell, Fay Victor, Dee Pop
and probably a few others (performing short sets in various combinations
through out the evening)
Jazz at CB's??? For example:
FREESTYLE AVANT JAZZ & OTHER MUSICS
WEDNESDAY • APRIL 3 • $7 cover
7pm - cheryl pile group. 8pm - jane lecroy & transmitting
w/tom abbs & chad taylor. 9pm - les fauves: tricia woods, arnold
hammerschlag, chris komer, ryan keberle, gregory jones, andrew drury.
10pm - felice rosser (of Faith). Seating, full bar, pizza.
"CBGB's last show was October 15th. We
will reopen in the near future. CBGB Fashions: (the CBGB store, wholesale
department, and online store) will remain open at our 313 Bowery premises
until October 31. On November 1, we will move to and open CBGB Fashions at a
nearby location. All phone numbers will remain the same.
Restaurant - no mo jazz
131 Duane St
(Church St. / West Broadway)
A beautiful and fine restaurant and bar that sometimes books jazz bands
but doesn't advertise them on their website. You must call in
advance to discover their music schedule.
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street
The bold new cafe/gallery home of the legendary
Vision Festival, featuring modern free sounds of jazz by the world's
masters every June and other series presentations throughout the year.
C-Note -RIP in December 3, 2005
157 Ave. C (Loisaida)
(9th / 10th St.)
A first rate neighborhood club with open jams in blues/rock and jazz.
Daily schedule also includes all manner of music and you can keep up by
asking to get on their
or checking out their website. Small cover charge. If you are this far
East it's worth a stop to see who they have, but call in advance and press
"3" for schedule updates. They now have a new Jazz Jam starting
Saturdays from 4pm until 7:00 hosted by Michael Vitali. Singers &
Horns are Welcome. Piano & Amps available. $3 Bud and Rolling Rock
specials will also be available.
The Cooler - RIP
Closed in May
416 W. 14th St.
(9th Ave. / Washington St)
Avant-garde scene in a Meat Packing fridge turned club. Recently
featured reunion of James Chance and the Contortions.
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St.
(Bleecker / W. 4th Sts.)
Jazz is one style that is primarily featured in this neighborhood
standard-bearing cafe. Expect eclectic tastes that
push the envelope as opposed to background music. Gourmet meals are
served upstairs in the sidewalk cafe, or downstairs in the cabaret.
If you are seeking the Greenwich Village jazz experience or your dreams,
check out the Cornelia Street Cafe. First Monday of every
month since Jan. 3rd, 2005: check out the legendary
David Amram. See the website for CSC's music and other
Cupping Room Cafe
359 W. Broadway
(Broome St. / Grand St.)
Restaurant/Coffee house with live jazz (usually trios and duos --
sometimes vocals) on Fridays (and maybe Saturdays).
Rely on the telephone to see who's playing and when. Music is from
9pm - 1am and there is no cover or minimum. On
Wednesdays check out a Mediterranean jazz fusion group: Avram Pengas
and the Noga Group with guest artists & belly dancers. $20 minimum on
Wednesdays. Also check out their great food and drinks menus.
44 E 32nd St,
(Park / Madison)
The Cutting Room is a music venue in New York City that was open from late
1999 through January 2009 for music of all varieties and reopened at the
beginning of 2013 in its current location. Great for showcases and
elbow rubbing events.
Cucina Stagionale - RIP
289 Bleecker Street
(corner of 7th
Cabaret/jazz in a bar/restaurant setting. Mondays features Dr. Dave
Matthews and co. for a jam session. Wednesdays features
solo piano. Thursdays, Living legend and Benny Goodman veteran
Sol Yaged on clarinet plays New Orleans style jazz with piano accompaniment.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there is a lounge atmosphere with the
wonderful Annie Brazil doing her tribute to torch from 9 - Midnight.
Fine Italian food at great prices is reason enough to come to this perfectly
located Greenwich Village standard bearer. Formerly Ecco L’Italia.
107 Rivington St.
(Essex and Ludlow Sts.)
De Marco's - RIP
146 W. Houston St.(corner of MacDougal)
Trying live jazz on Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 8:30 PM - 10:30
PM. No Cover. $5 Martinis. Pizza Restaurant and
Roman-style Italian Cuisine. Call ahead to see if they are sticking
with they're jazz policy.
Detour - RIP
349 E. 13th St. (1st / 2nd Aves.)
RIP Oct. 28, 2006
is the place to go in the East Village to catch Matt Wilson, John Funkhouser,
and Adam Klipple for free on their way up. They are among the talented
new breed gigging at this inconspicuous diamond in the rough. Talk
loudly or listen closely, all are welcome. This is also the only place
in the city where we've found the triple threat of Rheingold beer, Zapps
potato chips and free jazz. Sun. - Thurs.: Music starts at 9:00.
Fri. - Sat: Music starts at 9:30. No cover charge, but 2 drink
minimum is informally enforced.
For more information see:
Big Apple Jazz Detour Club Profile by Gordon Polatnick
511 Greenwich St.
(Corner of Spring)
Mostly a rock joint, tucked away on the western SoHo fringe.
Downtown Music Gallery
2009 -LATEST LOCATION
13 Monroe Street
This is a record store with a mission, they are part of the Village
tradition of offering music that matters, whatever the genre.
In their old digs they had Sunday free in-store concerts from 7 to
8:30, (keep in touch about new music policy). "F" Train to East Broadway
326 Spring St.
(Greenwich / Washington Sts.)
Vibrant trad jazz scene Sundays, with
Jon-Erik Kellso and
takes over this historic two hundred year old haunted
bar/restaurant tucked in the corner pocket of SoHo. This is the kind
of place the Village has always been noted for, but very few remain with
the history and community spirit (and spirits) in tact. 8 - 11:00PM. No
cover or minimum. Special guest musicians like Anat Cohen are likely
to blow your mind.
moved to midtown
475 10th Avenue
Exit Art is a hip gallery that sometimes features live jazz performances.
Check ahead before heading down to see music, but go ahead in to see there
famous LP covers exhibit. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 6
p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Cafe Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.). The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday.
The suggested contribution for admission is $2.00, which goes to support
Exit Art's programs.
Elixir Smart Bar
now a Starbucks?! ouch.
95 W Broadway (@ Chambers St.)
When jazz happens here it happens modern and free for around $5 at 8pm on
Free Zone/Sound Infusion
Ty Cumbie, James
75 Christopher Street (at 7th Ave. South)
reopened in summer 2007)
Fat Cat is back. 2
or 3 shows 7 nights a week; jam sessions run until 3 or 4 AM)
nightly. This club is "around the
corner pocket" from Smalls and down the lane from 55 Bar, and
features billiards and jazz (sold separately). The
jazz is great, the vibe is college clubroom cool or Village bohemian, and
nobody is pushing you to keep drinking if you just want to hang out all
night and play games or just bob your head. Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens of Brooklyn have been
reviving West Village souls here for years on Friday nights and
should not be missed. Kind of Blue drummer, Jimmy Cobb, brings his Mob down
from time to time, which is validation enough for this crazy loud place to
hear jazz. $3 cover and no age descrimination. Beer, wine, soft drinks
Fez under Time Café -
RIP March 2005
380 Lafayette St.
(at Great Jones Street)
Doors Open at 8:30 & 11pm with sets at 9:30 & 11:30 Cover: $18; late show
is $10 for students with valid ID.
40 E. 20th Street
(Broadway / Park Avenue South)
Nearest Subways: N, R, W and 6 at 23rd Street
Fuzion On A
211 Avenue A
(Corner of 13th Street)
Mercy Monet, Jazz Singer, on Monday Nights from 6pm-9pm. NY Jazz Outfit
Duo (Amy Schrift – Trumpet, Lee Metcalf – Guitarist) on Sunday Brunch
11am-2pm. No cover charge and no minimum for live Jazz events.
542 W. 27th St.
The great Joe Licari plays incredible clarinet with the Wildcat Jazz Band
every Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday from 7:00---9:45 PM near the High
Line. This is at the McKittrick Hotel which is home to the
experiential Sleep No More performance.
Garage (sad note: closing at the
end of 2015)
99 7th Ave. So (Just South of W 4th St.)
funky and spacious 3-tiered restaurant with a gregarious and expansive
oyster bar / drinks bar and 2 bands playing live jazz nightly into
the wee hours. Starting as early as 6/7 PM. Garage features
aspiring jazz groups getting a foothold in a competitive market to local
legends with years of touring and recording experience. No cover, plenty of outdoor
seating if you're skipping the jazz, plus a jazz brunch on Saturdays and
Sundays. Check schedule for artists such as Peter Valera and The Jump
Blues Band, David Coss' Trio, and
don't miss the rotating roster of big bands on Mondays. Surprisingly,
few jazz places in the area serve food, the Garage does but it's not
Greatest Bar On Earth --
1 World Trade Center
(Liberty / Vesey Sts.)
Three floors below the top of the World Trade Center (AKA the Twin Towers)
on the 107th floor, this spacious and swankily hip bar offers
music and dancing nightly. Mambo is heard on Thursdays, and swing on
Saturdays. The rest of the week is funk, r&b, dj, and Euro lounge. Dress to
impress. Times: M-W from 7-Midnight, Th-Sa from 9 -1,
Sun from 7 - 10. Music Charge: Sun. - Tues.: no charge;
Weds.: $5 Cover; Thurs.: $15 Cover; Fri.: $10 Cover; Sat.: $5 Cover.
The Greenroom - RIP
765 Sixth Avenue
(25th / 26th Streets)
This could be the most charming and unexpected jazz room in NY.
Tucked in the midst of Chelsea's floral district (thus the name), The
Greenroom is part cafe and part plant shop. Call ahead for current
jazz schedule. No cover. Nice Bar. Food Served. Weekend
jazz brunch as well as evening jazz.
InHouse - RIP
474 Greenwich St.
David Lopato is
producer of the concert series at InHouse, a performance space in downtown
Manhattan devoted to modern improvised music, now in its twelfth year.
$10, ($7 students & seniors). A sampling of music booked: TRIO 3
featuring Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman & Andrew Cyrille; Jean-Michel Pilc
Trio, with Francois Mouton and Ari Hoenig; Armen Donelian - piano w/
special guest Marc Mommaas - tenor sax.
Internet Café -
82 E 3rd St
(Btw 1st and 2nd Aves.)
The most unpretentious and informal straight ahead jazz cafe perhaps in
the world. Friday & Saturday night sets are at 10 & 11:30 pm; all other
nights sets are at 9:30 & 11 pm. The cover remains $5, with no minimum.
166 First Ave.
(10th / 11th Sts.)
Izzy Bar, which takes its name from owner Isabelle "Izzy" Alexanian, is
the realization of her personal vision: Create a comfortable, relaxing
atmosphere where patrons can listen to house music, techno, funk, and
other contemporary musical styles. ~from their website
J & R Music World
23 Park Row
(across from City Hall Park)
This music, electronic and computer emporium often presents legends of
jazz live and for free in one of their countless stores along Park Row at
the end of the 6 train line. Call or visit their website periodically
when you're going to be down there to see what's cooking. They also
present an outdoor jazz festival annually in City Hall Park. For a $10
off coupon on purchases of $100 or more, send me an email and it's yours:
Jack Bistro and
80 University Place
(University and E. 11St.)
Jack is home to the only sidewalk café on historic University Place.
Jazz trio starting at 8:30 PM till 11:30PM on
Featuring The Skye Jazz Trio with musicians such as Steve Ash, or Joe
Tranchina keyboards, J. Brunka or Eric Lemon, bass and Steve Rubin on drums.
No cover. 2 drink minimum. Other musicians welcome to bring their instrument
and sit it.
(17th / 18th Sts.)
Coffee house guitar, bass, drums and vocals on Friday nights from 8:30 -
11:30, and Saturday and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
1160 Broadway, 5th Floor (W27th / W28th)
Pure jazz. If the music and musicians are what you care most about
when hearing jazz live, you will love this jazz lovers venue. Check
the link for schedules, events, and membership.
290 Hudson St. (Corner of Spring)
A second floor jazz art and artist showcase.
Call ahead for events. Most nights sets begin at 9:00 and 10:30 for a
$10 cover charge. Monday's feature Frank Lacy's 14 Piece "Vibe Tribe."
A recent series of concerts features duo performances of four hands on one
piano. This and other Jazz Gallery performance series are funded in
part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, Presenting
Program. Also featured is a Sunday series of concerts on the
river aboard the historic ferry "Yankee" moored at Pier 25 directly at the
foot of North Moore Street.
June 2001 Bigapplejazz.com Club of the Month
A second floor jazz art and artist showcase. Most nights, sets begin
at 9:00 and 10:30 for a $10 cover charge for members and $12 for not yet
members. A recent series of concerts features duo performances of four
hands on one piano. This and other Jazz Gallery performance series are
funded in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts,
Presenting Program. Also featured is a Sunday series of concerts
on the river aboard the historic ferry "Yankee" moored at Pier 25 directly
at the foot of North Moore Street.
116 E 27th St.
(Park / Lexington)
Blue Smoke is the barbecue restaurant on the ground level, and the Jazz
Standard is below featuring live jazz music. JS is a nicely appointed
basement club with 130 seats and improved sightlines and more room since
their recent renovation. Live jazz 7 days, and sometimes a blues act
like Lucky Peterson is tossed into the mix. Show times are 7:30 & 9:30 pm,
plus additional set from 11:30 till 1AM on weekends. Cover charge varies
from $15-$30. There is no barbecue and beverage minimum, and the kitchen
stays open until 1am. If the second set is not sold out, patrons may stay
for half price. Mingus Dynasty/Band/Orchestra every
425 Lafayette St.
(Astor Pl. / E 4th St.)
Joe's is a hip and fancy nightclub which features an array of talents from
most avenues of show business. There are two sets: the "early" set
at 11:30 p.m. ($20; $10 students) and the "red eye" set at 1:30 a.m. ($10;
$5 students & musicians). A breakfast menu is served at the red eye set!
65 St. Marks Place
(E. 8th St.)
(First / Second Aves.)
A friendly, and casual French bistro with some outdoor seating, great food
and abundant wine selection, and a deep love of jazz.
Jazz nightly starting at 9:00 on weekdays and 11:00 PM on weekends.
No cover. Sunday jazz brunch starts at 12:00 and
goes till 3:00.
31 W 21st Street
(5th / 6th Aves.)
Chez Puffy. Owned and operated by Sean Combs and family, this swank
Flat-Iron District Caribbean-soul food restaurant is also a nightclub.
Every Sunday, from 12-4 p.m., On Bended
Knees hosts a Gospel Brunch at Justin's. ($21.95 covers the brunch and
MOVED to CHELSEA
37 West 26th St.
(Broadway / 6th Aves.)
NOTE: K'av'eh'az has closed its SoHo location for good on June 30th, 2003
and has moved to a new and improved location in Chelsea: 37 West 26th
Street between Broadway and 6th Aves.
A Euro-styled coffee house and art
gallery in Chelsea that has jazz nightly and starting in the
afternoon on weekends. They feature straight ahead and vocal artists
as well as Latin jazz. Weekly features: flamenco guitar (Sundays
from 4pm-7pm). An open blues jam takes place Mondays
9pm-12am. Tuesdays, 8pm-12am "Lullabies of Birdland" - Female
Jazz Vocalists. $8 minimum on food or drink. If you are in
Chelsea and need to relax in a wide open space with an extensive coffee and
tea selection, and great live music, I can think of no better place than
512 West 19th St.
(10th / 11th Aves.)
"The Kitchen's mission is to identify, support, and present artists whose
art influences its medium and contemporary culture. It promotes the growth
of artists, audiences, and the presenting field by pushing the accepted
boundaries and definitions of contemporary culture, using artistic
exploration and education as tools and its own extensive history as a
resource. A multi-disciplinary presenting organization that provides
visionary artists in all stages of their careers with much needed
technical, artistic, and administrative resources for performances and
exhibitions, The Kitchen has helped to launch the careers of many artists
who define the America avant-garde." ~from their website
Knickerbocker Bar and
33 University Place
(at 9th St.)
Opened in 1978. A restaurant/bar -- specializing in gigantic steaks
-- and as comfortable as a well lit, neighborhood watering hole.
Jazz music is presented Wed. through Sat., beginning 9:45
PM for only a $4 - $5.00 cover charge. Knickerbockers often features
legends with stars as bright as Ron Carter, Sir Roland Hanna, Junior Mance,
Mulgrew Miller, Billy Drummond, Earl May, Judy Carmichael, Christian
McBride, and Hilton Ruiz. This is the last hold out in an area that was
once a Golden Triangle of informal jazz haunts including the venues: The
Village Gate, Bradley's and The Cookery. To its credit, this is not a hip
place, and it does not offer anything in the way of show biz presentation.
The only way a visitor off the street would know that they are witnessing
jazz legends performing at arm's length, is to listen closely to the
unerringly high quality of music.
moved to Brooklyn
moved away from jazz
74 Leonard St.
(Broadway / Church St.)
This is the granddaddy long legs of "downtown jazz" venues -- featuring a
genre bending blend of envelope pushing and utterly deserving acts on
several intimate stages throughout the deceptively vast complex. There are
too many shows to mention so just go to their
website calendar or
call them directly to attain schedule and ticket information.
183 Orchard St.
(Houston / Stanton Sts.)
Their music policy changes, and most nights feature a dj. From time to
time they include serious jazz, but mostly you should expect a Mid-East
vibe, and a belly-dancing night. The almonds, figs, cashews
and marinated olives at the bar provide a welcome change from the
La Belle Epoque
(E12th / E13th Sts.)
This is a beautiful and historic upstairs restaurant/nightclub which
features an eclectic music policy and Jazz Brunch ($12-$25) every Sat.
(11:30-3:30) and Sun (12:00-4:00) Call for details. If
you're tired of this century already, step back a few into La Belle Epoque.
Lafayette Grill & Bar
54 Franklin St.
(Broadway / Lafayette St.)
A nice restaurant serving fresh Mediterranean and continental cuisine.
Swinging with the Jesters of Jive on Thursdays.
A lot of other musical treats from Mediterranean cultures fill up their
weekly calendar. Check their website to find out what the current
situation is. They make good use of big dance floor and stage for
big bands and belly dancing performances.
104 Norfolk St.
(Corner of Delancey)
In the historic hidden bar/restaurant that was once the legendary Jewish
eatery called Ratners, comes the ambiance of the jazz-age speakeasy, and
some performers who will attempt to bring you back to a heppier time. To
that end, they have initiated a
Sunday jam session. Upscale American grille menu hopes to cash in on
the hipsters with style and a money tree growing on their fire escapes.
Le Figaro Coffee Shop
184 Bleecker Street
(S.E. Corner of MacDougal St)
Open Fri-Sat 10:00am - 4:00am and Sun-Thu 10:00am-2:30am. If you
visit for Sunday Brunch though, you will be treated to the cafe
views of the world class Bleecker Street hubbub, and the sounds of a live
jazz band emanating from their fireplaced back room. Recently mentioned in
the New York Sun as being "upscale, but not pretentious."
90 Thompson Street
(Prince / Spring Street)
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 7-10PM AND SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH
12-4PM. Cool Village seafood restaurant with an Acadian/Cajun flair
and great local jazz talent.
Le Singe Vert
160 7th Ave
(19th / 20th)
This is a restaurant featuring Senegalese cuisine in a comfortable setting
with Sunday jazz brunch from at 12 - 4, and two hours of jazz
between 8 - 10 on Monday evenings.
122 Christopher St.
(Between Bleecker & Hudson at Bedford)
This is a new location for an eccentric Peruvian Restaurant which is also
the newest place for jazz in the West Village. Call ahead to check
current schedule, but expect the real deal here on Mondays, Tuesdays or
Wednesdays. No cover and shows start at 8:00PM.
214 Sullivan St
(Corner of Bleecker) check listings for jazz
The Living Room
84 Stanton St.
(Corner of Allen)
This is the Lower East Side's singer/songwriter haven which has recently
phased out its jazz policy in 2002, but may be reinstating it in the
future. So keep an eye out here if the change occurs, we'll update
this blurb. BINGO! "A new late night cool jazz-noire hang is being
quietly slipped in to The Living Room on Wednesday nights from 11
pm on, starting Nov 12, 2003."
26 Greene Street
(Canal and Grand Streets)
"Location One is creating a new environment for contemporary art, one that
is rich in interdisciplinary context. The new media are
interactive—but so have always been live
events. Our unique opportunity lies in the linkage between live
performance, exhibition and dialogue and electronic broadcast, feedback
and interaction. Each of our activities will comprise some combination of
live and electronic elements, according to the vision of their creators. "
~ from their website. Check their online calendar to see what's in
The Loft at Quilty's
177 Prince St
(Thompson St. / Sullivan St.)
Hopefully named after the eccentric doomed character in Lolita, this is a
SoHo venue that presents top flight straight ahead musicians who have
already made their mark on their chosen instruments. Check out who's
hitting on Mondays at 7:00 for this weekly jazz salon: The Lonnie Plaxico
Trio, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Turre, Peter Bernstein, Dena DeRose...
649 E. 9th St.
(Ave B / Ave C)
An East Village cafe/wine bar paying homage to Armstrong with live jazz
solo piano, trios and a weekly jam session. Jazz from Tuesday - Sunday.
Weekly artists may include: Joshua Brown Trio, Alan Palmer Trio, J.D. Allen
Trio, Joel Forrester, Jesse Gelber, Sebastian Noelle Trio hosts a jam
Thursday from 7 - 9:30. Call ahead for other set
times. Performances are generally 9:30 -12:00. Pre-recorded jazz
playing all other times. No cover.
110 Duane Street
(B’way / Church St.)
(at Bleecker Street)
Tuesday Nights: I Am Showcase Jazz
TICKET PRICE: no cover
sets at :7:00 pm, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, and Late Night trio series: 11:00 pm
– 1:00 am
Wednesday Nights: I Am Showcase Blues
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: 9:00pm – 11:00 pm:
Open Blues Jam: 11:00 pm – 1:00 am
TICKET PRICE: no cover
129 Spring St.
(Wooster / Greene Sts.)
Fri - Sat 9:00 PM
Manhattan Youth Downtown Community
120 Warren Street
(Greenwich Street / West Street)
Every Friday night, Alex
Levin Trio from 7PM-9PM. It's an all-ages show and entrance is free.
(4th / Great Jones Sts.)
Sunday's at 9:00 PM. Jazz combo, accompanying dinner.
(corner 21st St.)
Music showcased: Thurs. to Sat. 7:00, 8:30 and 10:00. Wed. sets
start a half hour earlier. No cover — Enjoy a swanky downtown
setting and menu while you enjoy a good mix of the city's talented
34 West 22nd St.
(5th / 6th Ave)
Downtown's premier jazz cabaret. Great talent booked regularly - check
Tuesday's calendar for legendary vocalist: Annie Ross! The club
features excellent sightlines, and intimate ambiance; snacks menu and
specialty drinks. 2 drink minimum plus cover charge.
163 West 10th St.
(7th Ave. So./ 6th Ave)
This newly minted (2014) piano lounge and listening
room sits under the site of the long gone but not forgotten, Village Jazz
Shop. Brought to you from your friends at Small's (located just west of
7th Ave. from Mezzrow), It hopes to fill the void left by legendary,
underground piano room, Bradley's, that had a magnetic pull on all the
best players and answered the question, "Where should we end the evening
among all our hippest friends and fans?" Happy Hour sets nightly
run from 6:30 - 8:00; followed by two headlining sets of piano and bass
duos; followed by the musical after-hang till 2:00 or so.
Recommended reading: Mezz Mezzrow's, excellent and
influential 1946 memoir
Really the Blues.
178 Stanton Street
Lower East Side
We have a winner folks. Moldy Fig is a Cafe and Bar that brings
killer jazz acts to the Lower East Side 6 nights a week, and they
bring it in style and under budget - between $5 and $10 cover for music
from 8 till late. The jam session starts at midnight nightly but on
Sunday they rest. July 4th, 2011 was their grand opening and I
expect they'll be around for a long time. Moldy Fig is the sister
act of Fat Cat Billiard, a well worn and well loved West Village jazz
joint, that inspired the addition of board games, shuffleboard and an
all-ages always welcomed vibe. The big difference between the two, is that
you won't feel out of place coming from a pricey restaurant and landing in
the bare brick wall, fine leather couch, dim lighting chic of Moldy Fig.
Nothing moldy about this fig. Another great feature is all the
uptown jazz players who are being booked into this downtown spot.
Nells Night Club Closed it's doors in June of 2004
246 West 14th Street
(@ 8th Avenue)
Featuring live music, dancing, comedy and food. Two floors with three
bars. Open 7 nights a week. "Classic Saturday" features The Ernest
Hayes Jazz Quartet. Doors open at 10pm $15. Check their schedule for
Sundays swing, salsa, and jump dance bands and dj's.
Jazz & Contemporary Music Program
55 W 13th St, 5th fl
(5th / 6th)
In addition to over 100 free concerts each year (in the 13th Street
performance space), they also offer formal concerts in Tishman Auditorium
which are $10 each. If you would like to be added to the mailing
list, please write to
112 Ave. A
( Corner of East 7th St. )
Tuesday jazz jam with trumpeter
Greg Glassman and crew.
Late night from 12:00 - 3:30 AM.
234 W. B’way
(Next to 6th Ave. at White St.-- a few blocks below
For the last few months they've been
running an open jazz jam on Monday nights from 9-midnight, hosted
by Greg Glassman of the skatilites. At first they kept it on the down low
but this night is hot and deserves to been seen by more people in the nyc
North Square Lounge
103 Waverly Pl. (W 7th)
(MacDougal / 6th Ave)
Jazz Brunch Sunday 12:00 to 3:00 at the Washington Square Hotel.
Formally known as C-3, the North Square Lounge is known by Village locals
for a relaxed ambiance, and fine, reasonably priced food. Musicians
on hand often include: guitarists Gene Bertoncini, Paul Bollenback and
John Hart; bass players Sean Smith, Essiet Essiet, Thomas Bramerie and Ed
Schuller. Of the two sets, the second one, from 2:00 to 3:00, is
more appropriate for the jazz fan. The audience in general is pretty good
considering it is a brunch crowd, but usually the second set is very quiet
and attentive. Definitely keep an eye out for Roz Corral, who performs
62 avenue C
(4th / 5th Streets)
Mixed music venue in the heart of the East Village.
236 East 3rd
(Ave. B / Ave. C)
This is the longstanding granddaddy of East Village eclectic culture --
unifying the diverse talents and tastes of this bohemian neighborhood.
Latin jazz, poetry slams, theater, film, special events: check schedule
and get on their mailing list to keep up. Latin Jazz Jam with Chris
Washburne's SYOTOS Band,
Thursdays at 10 pm, $5 cover. BANANA PUDDING: a jazz jam session
and open mike one Tuesday a month at 9:00 PM (Check schedule for exact
date). Join host, Rome Neal with Guest Musicians: Nick Porcaro (piano), G.
Earl Grice Jr. (drums) and Marvie Asakura (bass)***** complimentary
banana pudding for all admission: $10 To sign up in advance call:
Pam Kraft's Loft Jazz
109 West 28th Street
(6th / 7th)
I saw one very intriguing advertisement for a gig here and would love to
find out more information to pass on. The gig: "BULL + WILSON +
KIMBROUGH + WIND = LOFT JAZZ " ADMISSION: $10.00.
158 Ludlow Street
(b/w Stanton & Rivington)
176 Ludlow St.
(Orchard / Essex 1 block south of Houston)
Coffee house with a stage. No regular jazz show.
569 Hudson St.
(corner of W.11th)
Brunch from 10:00am-4:00pm with music provided by guitarist
is jazz night with the
Jacob Melchior Trio. This is a fine neighborhood restaurant in
the West Village that is attempting to bring jazz to their dinner patrons
with these fine international musicians. Definitely worth a look
216 Seventh Avenue
(22nd / 23rd St.)
Porters is the latest neighborhood jazz club/restaurant to open in Chelsea
in Manhattan's vibrant Westside community. Here you can enjoy a
great meal and great jazz in an intimate setting which features sidewalk
seating in warm weather, and a great wine selection. The musicians
are chosen from the top of the talent heap including Harold Mabern, Dave
Liebman, and Eric Lewis. Cover charges vary. There is the 216
Lounge downstairs they feature happy hour stand-up comedy on
Thursdays, DJ parties and private functions other nights. Check
their current schedule for jazz nights.
The Psychic Cafe
181 W 10th St.
(corner of 7th Ave. South)
brunch in this prototypically cozy new Village venue features a prix fixe
meal for $9.95 and includes 2 drinks. Evening jazz schedule runs from
Tuesday through Saturday
with sets beginning at 9:30 and swinging till 2:30. The proximity to
Smalls ensures that a high level of musician spill over is to be expected.
Dinner served till 10 or 11 upstairs in private dining room and there is
never a cover charge for the jazz.
(AKA Cinema Classics)
332 EAST 11th Street
Usually dj music, but sometimes live music and sometimes live music that
can be considered part of the jazz tradition. But also movies,
rentals, burlesque and comedy among other things. Best to check their
website to see what's shaking.
63 Gansevoort St
(Greenwich St. / Washington St.)
Rhone offers a unique, minimalist setting with lighting designed by Ingo
Mauer and custom seating conceived by Pierre Paulin and Philippe Stark.
The lounge and outdoor café will open with twilight cocktails at 4PM on
Sundays. Opening night is Sunday, May 16, 2004. Music starts at
7:00pm with a second set at 9:00pm. For more information on trumpeter LEW
SOLOFF PRESENTS SUNDAY JAZZ AT RHONE and updates on visiting musicians
http://www.rhonenyc.com . Call ahead
for all their jazz programming updates.
Rockwood Music Hall
194 Allen Street
(East Houston / Stanton)
Sometimes has jazz. Check schedule before heading down.
228 W. Broadway
(Franklin / N. Moore Sts.)
"Roulette's original and ongoing purpose has been to provide opportunities
for innovative composers, musicians, and interdisciplinary collaborators
to present their work in accessible, appropriate, and professional concert
productions. The organization is committed to supporting work by young and
emerging artists as well as by established innovators." ~from their
website No summer schedule.
188 Ave. B
(11th / 12th)
The East Village is coming alive
again with jazz. On the same street that hosts Charlie Parker Place,
and a few blocks from C5 Cultural Center, and Louis bar (see above).
No Cover charge at Rue B, jazz nightly usually starting at 9:00.
See pianist Brooks Hartell
Sundays from 8:30 -11PM. They have a Steinway piano, and a great
186 E 2nd St
(Ave A & B)
The talented Eve Cornelious plays here and says, "It's a nice cozy place
and you'll like it. We'll be at Ruby Lounge from 8p-12a." Some
nights a DJ spins and some nights there's live music. And every
night there's a nice atmosphere of people drinking, relaxing and smoking
St. Mark's Church
131 E. 10th St.
(at Second Avenue)
FREE CONCERTS Come Sunday Series,
Among those featured in this monthly series:
December 28, Seleno Clarke, organist,
January 18th Tex Allen, trumpeter
February 15th Vishnu Wood, bassist
3:00 to 4:30 PM. Reception will follow with food, free wine tasting
etc. Questions should be directed to Jeannine Otis 212-714-7617
St. Nicholas of Myra
Vision Club Series
288 E10th Street
Two sets every Saturday night at 8pm & 10pm of cutting edge
jazz music not intended for commercial consumption. The Club Series will
compliment the annual Vision Festival by providing a first class
presentation of music every Saturday Night throughout the year. Each week
will feature two sets usually by two different groups. This format will
allow the musicians to play extended sets without the time constraints
required by a festival format. The series will provide the community with
a regular presentation of great music in a relaxed and comfortable setting
to listen and hang out. Beer, wine and light refreshments will be
available. St. Nicholas of Myra Church was the location of the 1999 Vision
Festival and provides the perfect setting for this type of series.
Tickets available at the door. Sets are $10-$20, also include a $5 drink
25 1st Ave.
(1st / 2nd Sts.)
Vegetarian restaurant & juice bar with no cover charge. Zen cafe of
healthy, unique & delicious dishes. They have entertainment on
Friday and Saturday nights - including jazz -- from 7 -10PM.
Call ahead to find out who's playing.
The Temple of World Music
37 W. 26th Street
(Broadway / 6th Ave)
To see the show you must be groovy with day-glo and black lights.
This is a chance to take a trip around the world without a plane and
around your brain without drugs. World music means music from the
rest of the world. This is a new club from the people who brought
you K'av'eh'az (which is right next door -- when you want to chill out and
sit back). Call ahead for admission prices and student discounts.
Music presented in two sets nightly starting around 7:30 or 8:00.
54 Varick Street
(corner of Canal)
TriBeCa’s Screening Room is a unique independent theater and superior
restaurant & bar. Now it is becoming known for showcasing some of
the best rising talent in jazz as well. Sidemen Steppin’ Out
is a free jazz series offered every Monday night in the lounge.
The series is produced independently by Jana La Sorte and Eric Wright, (a
tour manager for Terence Blanchard; Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center
Jazz Orchestra; and David Sanchez).
Serengeti Lounge @
55 Irving Place
Street...between Park Ave. and 3rd Ave.)
This may be the only Movement Center/ Italian Restaurant/ Jazz Lounge in
Manhattan. See for yourself. Lounge is open Wednesday through
Sunday, but jazz is performed on: Fridays: Alex Carballo Quintet
10pm-12midnight with the lounge open till later. Sundays:
Silva Ray. Time: TBA
285 W. Broadway
(South of Canal St.)
Some jazz, sometimes. It's a nice looking space, with a too big for
it's britches vibe. "Shine is a unique establishment in New York
City that combines the social atmosphere of an all night lounge with a
venue that showcases up and coming and established artists alike." ~from
(212) 222 3532
95 Avenue A
(Corner of E 6th and Ave A)
Mostly a singer/songwriter haven, within the confines of The Fort -- The
latest and longest running bastion of Lach's Anti-hoot -- Sidewalk's
backroom nightclub. Jazz is featured on a once a week basis on
Sundays from 8 to 12. No cover and a 2 drink minimum. As
well as the jazzy stream of subconscious comedic genius, Rick Shapiro, who
performs here seasonally. Keep an eye out for the future queen of
the world, 19 year old Nellie McKay,
who is just now emerging as the musical anti-dote to a bushed and
bushwhacked world. Her dazzling lyrical point of view and musical
approach is as fresh and refreshing as a tall glass of limeade after a hot
summer city day.
The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St.
(Between Rivington and Stanton Sts.)
A Lower East Side (read: trendiest upstart neighborhood)
cabaret/restaurant with a focus on burlesque, drag and jazz. Call
for performances, and check their link to see what's in store this month.
183 W. 10th St.
(West of 7th Ave. So.)
Word is out, Smalls has come back to life in the newly refurbished
Brazilian bar it had briefly become, and now it's under new management as
well. Jams till late once again! The new set times are 7:30,
9:00, 10:30 & 12:00 AM. With an after-hours set/jam session at 1:00 AM.
The cover is $20 which includes a drink from the bar. Pay one price,
and hang out as long as you want.
Big Apple Jazz "Old" Smalls Review.
RIP May 31, 2003 Read All
Resurrected in March 2005
(Sounds of Brazil)
204 Varick Street
(Corner of West Houston St.)
This long standing dance hall claims Brazil in its name, but its music
policy opens the stage to bands from any country that can fill the place
with a groove and a butt shaking beat that keeps you sweating all night
long. A tropical party ensues most nights of the week, but check
their website for schedule. You can always count on La Tropica Mondays,
with 6:30 salsa lessons followed by a live Latin Band. And of
course, Samba Saturdays, when the real sounds of Brasil start
spilling out onto Varick Street starting at 8:00 PM with rotating groups
followed by the 2:00 AM
Manhattan Samba weekly gig. Prices are from $10 to $20, with an
incentive to buy tickets in advance.
is located at
the corner of
Avenue C and 2nd street.
This is John Zorn's baby; a not-for-profit
performance space dedicated to the EXPERIMENTAL and AVANT-GARDE.
MUSIC: Tuesday through Sunday - 8 and 10pm. closed on Mondays.
ADMISSION: $10 per set (unless otherwise noted). Students 13 to 19
admitted half price. Children 12 and under free. There are no
advance ticket sales. All admissions are at the door prior to each
performance. Recently opened in 2005, it will most likely become the
venue that the Knitting Factory started out to be 20 years prior.
RIP - April 30, 2001
88 7th Ave. South
Sweet Rhythm is now open for business 7 days a week. Taking
up where Sweet Basil left off, the club is again up and running after a
year and a half restructuring. Their sound leans more on world
rhythms but straight ahead fans will be satisfied with their bookings as
well. Housed in the heart of Greenwich Village, Sweet Rhythm
features both live and recorded, traditional, contemporary and hybrid
music from all over the planet including jazz, blues, salsa, rai, reggae,
merengue, samba, high life, flamenco and many other styles. Sweet Rhythm
has been outfitted with a state of the art sound system. The sounds and
the environment are complimented by a menu featuring meat, fish, and fowl
dishes, as well as vegetarian items. The club also features a modern yet
comfortable decor and an emphasis on a friendly relaxed ambience. Sweet
Rhythm has featured several jazz greats such as Kenny Barron, Steve Lacy,
Jon Lucien, Victor Lewis, Rasheid Ali, Sonny Fortune, John Hicks, Kenny
Garrett and many others including: Los Hobres Calientes, salsa from
Manny Oquendo y Libre, the Senegalese drum choir known as Sing Sing
Rhythms; the funk of Craig Harris and the Nation of Imagination, the
Brazilian samba and bossa nova of Vinicius Cantuaria and Soli, the blues
of Chicago-born guitarist Marvin Sewell and the soulful folk music of the
multi-linguistic Marta Topferova. Musicians, poets, djs and other
artists take the stage at 8pm and 10pm with midnight shows on
Friday and Saturday. Cover charges range from $10 to $25,
dress is your option.
121 St. Marks Place
(1st Ave. / Ave. A)
Live music or dj lounge in the heart of the East
Village scene. Every Wednesday 9PM-12AM, Gilad Hekselman Trio,
Every Sunday: The
Dayna Stephens Trio. with Eric
Privert-bass, Matt Slockum-drums. NO COVER - 2 SETS - 8 & 9:30pm.
Call for real schedule of events as they don't have a website at time of
149 Bleecker Street
Maybe it's because rent is cheaper upstairs that
this last surviving New York City blues club still exists on the second
floor overlooking Bleecker. For whatever reason, New Yorkers have
given up on the blues during this long spin of the wheel. When I got
to the city in 1983, there were tons of clubs that hosted local acts and
the legendary touring bands. Now there's just Terra Blues that has
blues nightly and cheaply and excellently. Since this is a jazz club
website, I should know enough not to include a blues club, but the vast
majority of music fans don't understand or care about these distinctions
and I fully support Terra Blues. Bring your ID and about $5 (more
for weekend shows) and don't hope to get fed here, but come early and stay
late. Acoustic sets usually start around 7PM and the bands plug in
starting around 10PM. Open 7, count 'em, 7 nights a week.
April 13, 2007
Continued performances in cooperation with
Abron's Arts Center
107 Norfolk St.
(Delancey / Rivington Sts.)
107 Norfolk St. (Delancey / Rivington Sts.)
Sets vary from 8:00 till 10:00 for $10. A midnight show might cost
$5. Happily, no pretensions past those usually associated with the
avant-garde. Down below there can be found a dj spinning in the
Subtonic Lounge Thurs.-Sats. Sunday brunch features the klezmer band
of the week. This is the one club to visit if you want to mix a music
community vibe with a good night of esoteric sounds.
Sets vary beginning either 8:00 or 10:00 for $10. A midnight show
might cost $5. Happily, no pretensions past those usually associated
with the avant-garde. Down below there can be found a dj spinning in
the Subtonic Lounge
Thursdays- Saturdays. Sunday brunch features the klezmer
band of the week. This is the one club to visit if you want to mix an
earthy community vibe with a good night of esoteric sounds.
"After more than 9 years as a home for
avant-garde, creative, and experimental music, Tonic will reluctantly
close its doors on Friday, April 13th, 2007. We simply can no longer
afford the rent and all of the other costs associated with doing business
on the Lower East Side.
The neighborhood around us has been increasingly consumed by "luxury
condominiums", boutique hotels and glass towers, all making the value of
our salvaged space worth more then our business could ever realistically
support. We have also been repeatedly harassed by the city's Quality of
Life Task Force which resulted in the debilitating closing of the ))sub((tonic
lounge in January. Coincidentally, this campaign began as our immediate
building - a symbol of the new Lower East Side - prepared to open its
As a business, we take responsibility for mistakes made along the way. If
profit had been our chief motivation we could have changed our programming
to something more mainstream and financially lucrative. Instead we were
more committed to a certain type of music and loyal to the community that
supported us. As a result, we've always just survived but never really
prospered. It is, however, unfortunate that it is so difficult for small
businesses to operate in this city and that a chain store that can afford
a high rent is more desirable than a place like Tonic that has a different
kind of value.
While this is certainly the end of Tonic at 107 Norfolk Street, we remain
committed to what Tonic represents and plan to try again in some form as
soon as possible. In the interim, Tonic will make efforts to present new
music in existing venues such as the
Abron's Arts Center located just a few blocks
We invite you to join us as often as you can over our remaining days to
help us celebrate Tonic and more importantly the amazing artists, our
unwavering staff, and the nurturing community that made Tonic possible.
It’s because of you that we’ve stayed open as long as we have. Thank you!
Sincerely, Melissa and John
HELP SAVE TONIC! Posted January 31, 2005...
SAVED -- you did it.
"Since 1998 Tonic has been a haven for creative music.
We have helped nurture the vital community of musicians and audiences who
keep this music alive. Now we are in danger of closing and ask you to help
us keep Tonic alive. Over the past few years we have suffered a series of
blows: our rent has doubled since 1998, our insurance costs have tripled,
we've been robbed, and we've been plagued by the expense of maintaining a
building in ill repair “ including the collapse of our main sewer
line. Any of these things would be challenging on their own but together
they've taken a more serious toll and we are now facing the threat of
eviction. A number of outstanding musicians have come forward to help save
Tonic and throughout February we will be holding a series of fundraising
concerts. If Tonic has been an important venue to you, we ask that you
please attend as many of these concerts as possible. Those who cannot
attend but would like to help, please consider making a contribution. For
Tonic to survive we will need to raise a upwards of $100,000 in the next
few weeks. Only with your support can Tonic continue playing its role in
presenting this important music to its fans. Our deepest thanks."
Closed due to fire but also due to
137 Ludlow St.
(Stanton / Rivington Sts.)
Come for dinner or drinks. No cover. Stylish dress is
encouraged by this trendy hideaway with a penchant for charismatic vocalists
who hope to put you in mind of a time long ago and far away. Open Sun.
- Thurs. from 6:00 P.M. - 2:00 A.M.; and on the weekend till 4:00 A.M.
Toshi's Living Room
(@ W26th Street)
Live music - often jazz with a hip and youthful vibe. No Cover.
Hip and swinging environment for a hang with friends - not for a serious
listening crowd - there are plenty of those venues available elsewhere on
this list. Extensive bar food menu. Live music Mondays -
Saturdays starting anywhere from 6PM to 10PM and lasting till 11PM, 12AM
or 2AM depending on the night.
285 East 3rd Street
( just east of Ave. C)
Art Gallery with progressive jazz programming from time to time.
Call for special events.
University of the Streets
- Moved to the Bronx - May 2015 after 46 years
130 East 7th St.
(Corner of Ave. A and upstairs)
This is the one spot that is as authentic and historic as you are going to
find left in the East Village. The most overlooked scene in the city
can be found by looking up when you get to the corner of E.7th Street and
Ave. A. What's been right under your nose for decades is just over
your head. Jams and workshops, vocalists and avant-garde
experimentation--the university of the streets is where it's been at for
over 40 years.
Open jam session after-hours on weekends starting at at 11:30 pm..
After 46 years of successful music and arts programs, University of the
Streets (UOTS) will close the doors of its Lower East Side facility in
Manhattan on April 30, 2015, and open a new campus in the Bronx, NY. This
new location will allow us to bring our rich legacy and of cultural
enrichment to the Bronx, helping to empower and assist its residents to
nurture and expand their artistic talent in our high energy and diverse
world class atmosphere.
Y.E.S. (Youth Encouragement Society) is an outgrowth of UOTS’ rich history
of community service in the educational/cultural, and philanthropy of
University of the Streets. The launch of this new initiative coincides
with UOTS’s move to our new headquarters at 2381 Belmont Avenue, Bronx, NY
Activities will vary from photography, dance, music, martial arts to Hip
Hop/Jazz cultural arts and history, as well as, daily living and skills
development workshops. We also provide a computer room, a game room, and a
recreation room open during and after school hours, on a daily basis.
Video games, air hockey, table tennis, pool table, and musical instruments
are also provided. We conduct “Movie Thursdays”, which will include a
variety of historical, educational/cultural and contemporary selection of
movies. Doors are open to provide a safe haven for all who take a step
forward to succeed, and fulfill their own personal aspirations. Ongoing
counseling and crisis management will always be provided. Y.E.S. staff
members, whom come from similar environments as our target constituency,
truly understand the trials and tribulations of today’s adolescence
experience. Y.E.S. is a program designed to foster positive outcomes for
those whom choose to make a change for the better. The University of the
Streets has a 46-year proven track record of successful programming and we
look forward to continuing this tradition at its new facility in the
Bronx. Y.E.S. is just one of many new initiatives that we look forward to
launching at our new campus.
We welcome you to attend our grand opening celebration on Friday, May 15th
from 7 – 10 pm.
297 10th Avenue
(Corner of W 27th Street)
Jazz happens in this trendy Chelsea lounge every Wednesday for free
between 6:30-9:30pm. They attract some big name players along side
lesser known but respected NY artists. A good place to hear jazz in
the early evening without worrying if you're speaking too loudly to
disturb the band or your neighbor.
130 W 3rd St
(MacDougal / Sixth Ave)
This new club is mixing up the schedule to include many musical styles,
and usually books acts you've always wanted to see, but not much jazz.
178 7th Ave. So.
(at 11th St. and Max Gordon Corner)
Sets: Sunday - Thursday 9:00 and 11:00, Friday and Saturday 9:00, 11:00,
and 12:30. Monday nights, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, established
by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis over 33 years ago continues their big band
tradition. Sunday - Thursday: $30.00 at the door (includes $20.00
admission plus a $10.00 drink minimum). On Friday and Saturday: $35.00 at
the door (includes $25.00 admission plus a $10.00 drink minimum).
The Vanguard opened its doors in 1935 and is the archetypal Greenwich
Village jazz club which has the right vibes and an excellent booking
policy, and a history of breaking new artistes that soon took over the
world. Every jazz fan should visit the Village Vanguard at least
once in their lives, no exceptions.
Walker Sound Stage
56 Walker St.
T.V. sound stage that records jazz acts for a
14 Christopher Street
(Corner of Gay)
Hallelujah. Jazz in the West Village is taking a turn for the
awesome with the recent opening of WhyNot's subterranean jazz room.
It's post-modern Euro vibe somehow manages to throw you back to the hip
Greenwich Village of your dreams, where people cluster close together and
enthuse after the music in a very connected way. The menu is cafe
portions and features the best sliders and spicy chips we've tasted in a
long time. Expect a $10 or more cash cover and a two drink minimum.
Monday nights equals the good funk of Ian Gittler's Greasers (we want
credit for discovering them on February 24th, 2014). 7 nights a week.
(Zebulon Sound and Light)
223 W. 28th St., 2nd Floor,
(7th Ave / 8th Ave)
About Zebulon Sound and Light:
Situated above a plumber's supply in Chelsea, Zebulon Sound and Light (aka
ZEB'S) is a unique recording studio and performance space that provides
musicians and artists with a place to create, display and perform. ZEB's
proprietor and renowned jazz guitarist and producer Saul "Zebulon"
Rubin brings his own unique music and art sensibility to this
authentic jazz loft.
The space itself is a spacious nearly 2,000 square foot open loft, flooded
with light. The studio boasts a beautiful Yamaha grand piano and a
warm-sounding vintage Trident mixing board. Bamboo mobiles are suspended
from the ceiling and original artwork hangs from every wall. The room
creates a feeling of openness that reflects our own responsiveness to new
musical and artistic ideas.
Wednesday Jazz Vocalist Series
Since February 2010, every Wednesday night ZEB's has hosted the Jazz
Vocalist Series, consisting of a performance by a featured vocalist
followed by a jam session for professional singers and instrumentalists.
Some of New York's most talented established singers and rising stars have
relished singing at ZEB's because of the supportive environment and loving
community of singers and musicians we have built here.
The Jazz Vocalist Series at ZEB'S has hosted more than 50 singers,
including (to name a few): Gregory Porter, Marianne Solivan, Giacomo
Gates, Marilyn Kleinberg, Lezlie Harrison, Vicki Burns, Tessa Souter,
Johnny O'Neal, Bob Dorrough, Gabrielle Stravelli, Miles Griffith, Marion
Cowings, Rosanna Vitro, and many more.
Singers who wish to participate in the jam session are encouraged to
arrive to hear the featured singer and sign up early. The cover charge for
the Jazz Vocalist Series at ZEB's is $10.00. Doors open at 8:00 PM. The
featured performance begins between 8:30 and 8:45. NEWSWORTHY:
ZEB'S Has started performances on Weekends!
(older photo of 1st location)
NOTE: NEW ADDRESS
(formerly Baggot Inn)
82 West 3rd Street
(Thompson / Sullivan)
Open 7 days 5 P.M. - 4 A.M. Weekly theme nights dominate
the schedule. Monday showcases the guitar trio of Ron Affif
with featured vocalist at 9:00 and 11:00, 12:30. Featured bands play
Tues. - Thurs. at
9:00, 11, and 12:30. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are jazz
nights, while Thursdays are Latin, Fridays are African and
Saturdays are Brazilian Bossa Nova. Fri. and Sat. the first
set starts at 11.
Sundays starting at 9:30 welcomes Cidinho Tiexeira and Brazilian
samba into the night. A lounge exists in back for your smoky
comfort. There's a $7 cover and a one drink minimum, and the service
charge for drinks is included on the check to safeguard the wait staff.
OLD ADDRESS: 90 W. Houston St.
(Thompson St. / LaGuardia Pl.)