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Listings below in Bold print are known to book primarily jazz music nightly.  
All others are known to book jazz less frequently.  They are listed here for your convenience.


169 Bar
169 East Broadway
(Rutgers / Jefferson Sts.)
(Chinatown/Lower Manhattan) (f train to East B'way Station)
Jazz nights are plentiful including B3 Jazz on Wednesdays, and trios on weekends. Check calendar and make phone calls to see what's happening nowadays..

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 Bar
(212) 929-9883
55 Christopher St. (Seventh Ave. So. / Waverly Place)
55 Bar by bigapplejazz.com  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


5C Jazz Café
(212) 477-5993
68 Ave. C   (southeast corner of 5th St.)
Arthur Sterling at 5C  by bigapplejazz.comA 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.


ABC No-Rio
(1st floor Gallery)

(212) 254-3697

156 Rivington St
(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 $5, look for The Improvised music series From C.O.M.A. (citizens ontological music agenda) an open jam will follow scheduled performances.   


(212) 432-0200
19 West 8th St.
(5th Ave. / MacDougal)
Come 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 Arts Center
(212) 780-0175
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.


Antibes Bistro
(212) 533-6088
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 here.


Antique Garage Restaurant
(212) 219-1019
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


Anyway Cafe
(212) 533-3412
34 East 2nd Street (Corner of 2nd Ave)
This 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.



Arthur's Tavern
(212) 675-6879
57 Grove Street (NW corner of Grove and 7th Ave. So.)
Arthur's Tavern by bigapplejazz.comSince 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.  Calendar


Arturo's Coal Oven Pizza & Restaurant
(212) 677-3820
106 West Houston St. (Corner of Thompson St.)
Live 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
(212) 982-2229
170 Orchard St
(Corner Stanton / Orchard)
Not much jazz booked here, but you never know.


Bacchus Room @ Bona Fides Restaurant - RIP
(212) 777-2840
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.

The Baggot Inn -RIP
New  Home to  ZINC BAR

(212) 477-0622
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
Baha’i Center
(212) 222-5159
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 concerts every 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)
(212) 529-5945
129 MacDougal St.  (W3rd / W4th)
La Lanterna by bigapplejazz.comJazz 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

(212) 204-5240
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."  
Reservations (recommended):


Blue Note
(212) 475-8592
131 W. Third St. (6th Ave./ MacDougal Street)
Blue Note by bigapplejazz.comOpened 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
(212) 675-9500
31 Union Square West  (Corner West 16th St.)
Blue Water Grill by bigapplejazz.comFine restaurant with live jazz booked for downstairs dining area.  Call for reservations.   No cover, but meals are high end. 



Bowery Ballroom
(212) 533-2111
6 Delancey St. 
(At Bowery)
Medeski, Martin and Wood, Charlie Hunter et al have played here, but mostly B.B. books hot rock acts.  Calendar


The Bowery Poetry Club

(212) 614-0505
308-310 Bowery
(Houston / Bleecker)  Across from where CBGB's was...
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
(212) 431-3433
228 West Broadway
(White / Franklin Sts.)
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
(212) 388-9099
35 West 8th Street
(at MacDougal)
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.


Cafe Creole - RIP 2004
Cafe Creole
Moved uptown to Perks
(212) 475-4132
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.

Caffe Vivaldi
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
(212) 691-6174
129 Eighth Ave.(16th / 17th) 
Dixieland and swing nightly 8 - 11 as a backdrop to a New Orleans dining experience. 
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 City locale.

Carpo's Café - RIP
Carpos Cafe
(212) 353-2889
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.


Carroll Place
157 Bleecker Street
(212) 260-1700
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.  Events calendar for your convenience.


Caviarteria - RIP
(212) 925-5515
310 W. Broadway


CBGB’S LOUNGE - RIP - Oct. 15, 2006

(212) 677-0455

(At the start of Bleecker St.)
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:
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.


City Hall Restaurant - no mo jazz
(212) 227-7777
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
(212) 260-4080
107 Suffolk Street
(At Rivington)
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
C-Note by bigapplejazz.com
(212) 677-8142
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
email list 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
(212) 229-O785
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
Cornelia Street Cafe by bigapplejazz.com
(212) 989-9319
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 cultural events calendar.


Cupping Room Cafe
(212) 925-2898
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.


The Cutting Room
(212) 691-1900
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.  Calendar.


Cucina Stagionale  - RIP
Formerly Ecco L’Italia)
(212) 924-2707

289 Bleecker Street
(corner of 7th Ave. South)

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.

Deanna's -RIP
(212) 420-2258 
107 Rivington St.
(Essex and Ludlow Sts.)


De Marco's - RIP
(212) 253-2290
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
(212) 533-6212
349 E. 13th St.     (1st / 2nd Aves.)
RIP Oct. 28, 2006
Detour by bigapplejazz.comDetour 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


Don Hill's
(212) 219-2850
511 Greenwich St.
(Corner of Spring)
Mostly a rock joint, tucked away on the western SoHo fringe.


Downtown Music Gallery
(212) 473-0043
800 622-1387
 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


Ear Inn
(212) 226-9060
326 Spring St.
(Greenwich / Washington Sts.)
Vibrant trad jazz scene Sundays, with Jon-Erik Kellso and Matt Munisteri 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.


Exit Art
moved to midtown
(212) 966-7745
475 10th Avenue
(36th Street)
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  - RIP
now a Starbucks?! ouch.

 (212) 233-6171
95 W Broadway
(@ Chambers St.)
When jazz happens here it happens modern and free for around $5 at 8pm on Thursdays. 
Free Zone/Sound Infusion curated by Ty Cumbie, James Ilgenfritz and Lukas Ligeti.


Fat Cat
(212) 675-6056
75 Christopher Street    (at 7th Ave. South)
Fat Cat by bigapplejazz.com(note: 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 only.


Fez under Time Café - RIP March 2005
(212) 533-2680
 380 Lafayette St.

(at Great Jones Street)
Thursday Nights:
Mingus Orchestra.  Doors Open at 8:30 & 11pm with sets at 9:30 & 11:30 Cover: $18; late show is $10 for students with valid ID.

Fillmore Room
212 921-7772
146 10th Avenue
(at 19th St.)
Big Band Monday's is a NYC thing.  The Fillmore Room is the latest venue to offer up a big, brassy start to the work week.   Glenn Crytzer and his 13 piece orchestra play for your dining and dancing pleasure the sounds of jazz from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.  There is a $30/person food/drink minimum for customers booking a seat at a table. There no food minimum for standing room customers; but they encourage standing room customers to order a drink or a bite to keep it that way.  $10 for standing room.  $15 for a seat at a community table.  $20 each for a private table for 2.

Flûte Gramercy
40 E. 20th Street
(Broadway / Park Avenue South)
Nearest Subways: N, R, W and 6 at 23rd Street


Fuzion On A - RIP
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.

Gallow Green,
Rooftop Garden
McKittrick Hotel

(212) 904-1883

542 W. 27th St.

(10th/11th Aves.)

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)
(212) 645-0600
99 7th Ave. So    (Just South of W 4th St.)
Garage by bigapplejazz.comA 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 particularly cheap.


Greatest Bar On Earth -- RIP
(212) 524-7105
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
(646) 345-2229
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
(212) 925-8534
474 Greenwich St.

(at Canal)
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 -  RIP
(212) 614-0747
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. 

Izzy Bar - RIP
(212) 228-0444 
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: gordon@bigapplejazz.com

Jack Bistro and Bar


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
Saturday nights.  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.


(212) 473-4200

868 Broadway

(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.

Jazz Gallery  current location
(646) 494-3625
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.

Historic location
(212) 242-1063
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.

Jazz Standard
Blue Smoke
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(212) 576-2232

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 Monday night.

Joe’s Pub

(212) 539-8777

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! 

Jules Bistro
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(212) 477-5560

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.


(212) 352-0599

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 entertainment.)

K'av'eh'az by bigapplejazz.com
RIP 2006


(212) 343-0612

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 K'av'eh'az.

The Kitchen

(212) 255-5793

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 Grill
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(212) 228-8490

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.

Knitting Factory 
moved to Brooklyn
moved away from jazz

(212) 219-3006

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.


(212) 677-7328

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 traditional pretzels.

La Belle Epoque
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(212) 254-6436

827 Broadway

(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

(212) 732-4449

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.

Lansky Lounge

(212) 677-9489

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

(212) 677-1100

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."

Le Pescadeux

(212) 966-0021

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

(212) 366-4100

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.

Lima’s Taste

(212) 242-0010

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.

Lion's Den 

(212) 477-2782

214 Sullivan St 

(Corner of Bleecker)  check listings for jazz events

The Living Room 

(212) 533-7235

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."

Location One

(212) 334-3347

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 store.

The Loft at Quilty's

(212) 254-1260

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...

Louis by bigapplejazz.com

(212) 673-1190

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 session on 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.


(212) 766-1275

110 Duane Street 

(B’way / Church St.)

Mannahatta Lounge

(212) 253-8644

316 Bowery

(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

Manhattan Bistro 

(212) 966-3459

129 Spring St.

(Wooster / Greene Sts.)
Fri - Sat 9:00 PM

Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center

(212) 766-1104

 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. 

Marion's Continental 

(212) 475-7621

354 Bowery

(4th / Great Jones Sts.)
Sunday's at 9:00 PM. Jazz combo, accompanying dinner.

Metronome  Jazz Lounge

(212) 505-7400

915 Broadway 

(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 performers.

Metropolitan Room

(212) 206-0440

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.


(646) 476-4346

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.

Moldy Fig


(646) 559-2553

178 Stanton Street

(Clinton/Attorney Streets)
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  RIP
Nells Night Club Closed it's doors in June of 2004

(212) 675-1567

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.

New School University
Jazz & Contemporary Music Program

(212) 229-5896

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 OsnosN@newschool.edu


(212) 420-9517

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.

No’ Moore

 (212) 925-2901

234 W. B’way

(Next to 6th Ave. at White St.-- a few blocks below Canal)
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 area.

North Square Lounge
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(Formally C-3)

(212) 254-1200

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 here frequently.


(212) 375-1500

62 avenue C

  (4th / 5th Streets)

Mixed music venue in the heart of the East Village.

Nuyorican Poet’s Café 

(212) 505-8183 

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: 212-465-3167

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.  tribal.link@lycos.com


(212) 505-3733

158 Ludlow Street

(b/w Stanton & Rivington)

Pink Pony

(212) 253-1922

176 Ludlow St.

(Orchard / Essex  1 block south of Houston)
Coffee house with a stage.  No regular jazz show.

Philip Marie

(212) 242-6200

569 Hudson St.

(corner of W.11th)
Sunday Jazz Brunch from 10:00am-4:00pm with music provided by guitarist Satoshi Inoue.  And Wednesdays 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 see.

Porters  RIP

(212) 229-2878

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
The Psychic Cafe by bigapplejazz.com

(212) 989-7059

181 W 10th St.

(corner of 7th Ave. South)
Sunday Jazz 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)

(212) 677-1027

332 EAST 11th Street

(1st/2nd Aves)
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.


(212) 367-8440

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 please check http://www.rhonenyc.com . Call ahead for all their jazz programming updates.

Rockwood Music Hall

(212) 477-4155

194 Allen Street

(East Houston / Stanton)
Sometimes has jazz.  Check schedule before heading down.


(212) 219-8242

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.

Rue B
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(212) 358-1700

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 looking menu.

Ruby Lounge

212 387-9400

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 hookahs.

St. Mark's Church

(212) 674-6377

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

(212) 696-6681

288 E10th Street

(Avenue A)
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 minimum.

The Sanctuary

(212) 780-9786

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

(212) 576-1155

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.

Screening Room

(212) 334-2100

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 @ Sal Anthony's

(212) 982-9030

55 Irving Place

(@17th 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


(212) 941-0900

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 their website.

Sidewalk Cafe

(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

(212) 253-7246

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.


RIP- But
Resurrected in
March 2005

BigAppleJazz Review

(212) 675-7369

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 About It
Resurrected in March 2005


(Sounds of Brazil)

(212) 243-4940

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.


The Stone

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.


Sweet Rhythm

Sweet Rhythm, 2008 by Gordon Polatnick

Sweet Basil

RIP - April 30, 2001

(212) 255-3626

88 7th Ave. South

(Bleecker/Grove Sts.)
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.

Ten Degrees


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 this writing.

Terra Blues

(212) 777-7776

149 Bleecker Street

(LaGuardia Place)

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

(212) 358-7501

107 Norfolk St.

(Delancey / Rivington Sts.)

(212) 358-7501
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 neighbor, the
Blue Condominium building - a symbol of the new Lower East Side - prepared to open its doors.
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 away.
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
Contact: tonic@tonicnyc.com"

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 reopen--stay tuned.

(212) 228-5151

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 and Penthouse
Flatiron Hotel
1141 Broadway
(@ 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.

Tribes Gallery

(212) 674-3778

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

(212) 254-9300
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..

Press Release:
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 10458.

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.

Velour Lounge

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.

Village Underground

(212) 777-7745

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.

Village Vanguard
Village Vanguard by bigapplejazz.com

(212) 255-4O37 

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 

(212) 419-0025

56 Walker St. 

T.V. sound stage that records jazz acts for a series.

WhyNot Cafe
Jazz Room

(646) 756-4145

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)

(212) 695-8081

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!

Zinc Bar
Zinc Bar by bigapplejazz.com

(older photo of 1st location)

(212) 505-ZINC
 212 505-(9465)
(212) 477-8337

(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 3 sets
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.) 


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