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107WEST107 West Restaurant (212) 864-1555 2787 Broadway  (W.107 / W.108)

Discontinued Jazz Policy, last we heard.
Join guitarist Joe Giglio & a rotating roster of guest guitarists and bassists for an intimate evening of jazz improvisation Friday's 2 Sets- 9 & 10:30pm.  Joe's guests have included Bucky Pizzarelli, Wali Muhammad, James Chirillo, Peter Bernstein, Joe Cohn, Carl Barry, Ken Wessel, and Carl Barry.  "Classic Jazz CD's are carefully chosen & played by Andrew, "107's" jazz obsessed bartender, during the breaks, making for a total Jazz experience. ~ Tom the Jazzman.  Food, Drink.  No Cover/No Minimum

Alice Tully Hall 
Lincoln Center
(212) 875-5050 70 Lincoln Center Plaza (W. 65th at Broadway)
Julliard School lush performance space. 

American Museum of Natural History
Rose Space Center and Hayden Sphere

(212) 769-5100 On 81st St. off Central Park West (Hayden Planetarium)

DISCONTINUED STARRY NIGHTS on FRIDAYS
First Friday of the month under The Sphere at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Others will know it as the Hayden Planetarium.  There are two sets weekly (5:45 / 7:15 PM) by highly regarded musicians such as Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, Steve Turre, and David "Fathead" Newman and their quartets.  The show admission is included with museum price (suggested donation), and drinks and tapas are available.  This is the early Friday show to make, especially if you haven't been to the complex before -- it will surely impress even the most jaded.

Andiamo
RIP
(212) 861-1993 322 East 86th St (1st / 2nd Aves.)
Upper East Side Italian restaurant. On Tuesdays (in summer) and Fridays there's live jazz. Brazilian styles among other small combo dinner music featured -- Dena DeRose (New Yorker giving Diana Krall a run for her money) can be found here from time to time.   Also a tiny downstairs lounge with overstuffed chairs and a pretend fireplace.   Call for scheduled performances.
Archer's Restaurant
RIP
(212) 628-6266 1643 1st. Ave (85th / 86th St)
Wednesdays:Trio with vocalist, Nadia Ackerman 10:00pm-1:00am; Sundays:  Eric Warren, solo guitar 8:00pm - 10:00pm.   American cuisine no cover.
Avery Fischer Hall Lincoln Center (212) 875-5030 1941 Broadway (at West 64th St.)
Please check midtown listing for Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home..
Formerly featuring Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and a variety of distinguished guests.  Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates and advances this distinctly American art form by producing a wealth of programs for audiences of all ages. These include concerts, national and international tours, lectures, film programs, master classes, student and teacher workshops, residencies, recordings, publications, television broadcasts, a Peabody Award-winning weekly radio program, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, and a jazz appreciation curriculum. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.
Bella Luna Restaurant 212-877-2267 584 Columbus Ave. (at West 88th St)
 A fine Italian restaurant and great guitar duets featuring Jack Wilkins.
Tuedays: 8pm - 10.30PM
Brasserie Julien (212) 744-6327 1422 3rd Ave (80th  / 81st Sts.)
A pretty French Bistro with a mellow bar scene.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday jazz. No Cover.  Come see soulful French expatriate saxist Sedric Choukroun perform in rotating duos/trios weekly from 7:00pm-12am.  Sedric plays the sax with passion and technique that is remarkable.  This is why he is always in good company on the bandstand.  Highly recommended jazz event.  We hear the fondue is worth a go as well.
Cafe Amiana (212) 663-7010 2737 Broadway (SW corner 105th St. and Broadway)
Singer's Open Mike w/Ted Muzio on Weds. from 8 - 11pm.  No cover, $8 min. Warm atmosphere, wine bar, food, reasonably priced.
Café Carlyle
Carlyle Hotel
(212) 570-7189 95 E. 76th St. (at Madison Ave)
Cabaret music policy:  Historically featured the late Bobby Short as well as Eartha Kitt.  Also typically on the schedule: on clarinet Monday nights: Woody Allen with the Eddie Davis New Orleans Jazz Band; John Pizzarelli; Judy Collins; and Steve Tyrell.  $35 - $175.  Bemelman's Bar features jazz trios for $10- $25.
Cafe Mozart (212) 595-9797 154 West 70th Street A nice and noisy full meal or coffee and dessert cafe with some nice and mellow jazz and classical music.  Good neighborhood vibe.
Central Park
Sweet Cafe at Conservatory Waters
(212) 717-7807 E72nd in Central Park (5th Ave Entrance -- walk North to the man made pond)
Welf Dorr, sax, leads his trios on Fridays and Sundays through the summer at this unexpected and perfectly suited mid-day jazz venue, which is otherwise disguised as an outdoor cafe overlooking remote controlled model yacht sailing.  No cover and no minimum, but please leave a token of your appreciation in the love jar.  Jazz from 2-5PM

Cleopatra’s Needle
Cleopatra's Needle:Jam sessions nightly at 2:00 AM

(212) 769-6969 2485 Broadway (W. 92nd / W. 93rd)
Music from 8 pm to 4 am.  No cover.  $10. min. per set.  Eclectic Mediterranean menu, big screen sports and weekly showcases, featuring Eric Lewis Trio on Mondays and Julius Tolentino on Tuesdays from 8pm - 1. And nightly jams Wednesday thru Saturday 1am - 3:30am. Jazz vocalists open mic every Sunday 2 to 6pm.
Chances are you will see top shelf national and international jazz giants find their way to a late night jam session here.  Cleo's is recommended as a great neighborhood jazz club with late hours, a great menu, a place to hang out and pay close attention to great jazz or hang back by the bar, and enjoy the company of your friends.  Please call ahead as set times fluctuate throughout the year.
Da Antonio (212) 588-1545 157 E.55th St. (3rd / Lexington)
Italian restaurant with a lively cabaret scene and bar.  Mondays-Saturdays.  Live music: Mondays (7-11).  Tues - Sat (7:30 - 11:30).  Close Sundays.  No Cover.  No Minimum.
Decade
RIP
(212) 835-5979 1117 First Avenue (at E. 61st Street)
In this "dress appropriately" club/restaurant you can expect a well-heeled audience, checking out a variety of live music styles from R&B and Rap to Latin and straight ahead jazz.  Dinner menus are offered for a variety of budgets: prix-fixe meals weighing in at $45, $25, and $10 levels. Dinner hours are 6:00 - 9:00 after which the club reverts to a dance and night club vibe. Better check their detailed website for hour to hour programming. Closed Sundays.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
(212) 258-9595 60th Street at Broadway, 5th Floor (Columbus Circle)
This is the latest and most ambitious venue to open in NYC in a while.  Your friends at Jazz @ Lincoln Center moved their stages to the new Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle and have added 2 other world class venues (
Frederick P. Rose Hall and the Allen Room) to enjoy jazz for all tastes.  Days/Times: 7:30pm, 9:30pm every day of the week, plus 11:30pm Friday and Saturday. There's an 11pm late-night set featuring the best local artists Tuesday through Thursday and after last artist set Friday and Saturday for $10 cover.  Monday nights feature Jazz Stars of Tomorrow.  Reservations are key: $30 cover charge ($10 minimum at tables, $5 minimum at bar),
Mondays: Upstarts!, 7:30 & 9:30pm
Tuesdays-Thursdays: Artist Sets, 7:30 & 9:30pm, After Hours Set 11:00pm
Fridays & Saturdays: Artist Sets, 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30pm, After Hours Set follows last Artist Set
Sundays: Artist Sets, 7:30 & 9:30pm
Feinstein's 
At The Regency
(212) 339-4095 540 Park Ave. (61st / 62nd) 
Cabaret music policy. 
A partnership between the entertainer Michael Feinstein and the Regency Hotel. Seven shows weekly - $60.00 cover charge. Tuesday through Saturday - 8:30 p.m. (seating begins at 6:00 p.m.) - a la carte dinner menu.  Dinner required Friday & Saturday only- 11:00 p.m. (seating begins at 10:00 p.m.) a la carte supper menu. 
Guggenheim Museum (212) 423-3500 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
Fridays and Saturdays  5 - 8 PM.  Worldbeat jazz program. After viewing the exhibits and collections, relax with a cocktail in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda and enjoy music that reflects both classic jazz and international musical influences. Museum tickets: Adults $12; Students and Seniors (with valid ID) $8; Children under 12 Free; Members Free.
Island (212) 996-1200 1305 Madison Ave. (92nd St.) 
jazz and blues on the stereo.
Jazz On The Park (youth hostel) (212) 932-1600 36 West 106th St. (AKA Duke Ellington Blvd.) (Central Park West / Manhattan Ave.)
CALL FOR EVENTS SCHEDULE
"Jazz For Peace". They play every Saturday at 8pm.  Jazz for Peace Concert, Bossa Nova & Jazz - The Rick DellaRatta Trio.  There is another jazz series on Thursdays: Free Zone Music Series www.freezoneny.org
Thursdays, 9pm (sets usually 9 & 10pm).  Cover: $8 suggested ($3 for JOTP residents). No drink minimum and BYOB allowed.  More info, contact: Ty Cumbie at 212-666-6306.
tcumbie@nyc.rr.com
Makor  (212) 601-1000 35 W 67th St. (Columbus / Central Park West) 
An eclectic selection of entertainment weekly.  Check schedule on website to keep up with this quality venue that sometimes features jazz music.
Manhattan School of Music (212) 749-2802 120 Claremont Ave. (Corner 122nd and Broadway)
"Manhattan (School of Music)...offers New York's strongest training in contemporary music and jazz."~The New York Times.  Please check the link to access the school's performance schedule.
Merkin Concert Hall  (212) 501-3330 129 W 67th St. (Columbus / Broadway)
Nascimento Restaurant (212) 755-6875 1068 1st Ave. (58th / 59th)
Call for Reservations: Live music nightly. Brazilian, Tango, and Jazz. Starts from 7:30 - 11:00. Sunday brunch from 12:00 but no music till dinner.
Penang (212) 769-3988 240 Columbus Ave. (NW corner of 71st)
Jazz (and sometimes rock) every Sunday, and Tuesday night from 8 - 12.  Fine Malaysian food, and a groovy exotic atmosphere. The house special curry appetizer recommended.  Call ahead for schedule of performers.
Phoenix Room: RIP  (212) 580-7755
disconnected
570 Amsterdam  (87th / 88th)
Primi Della Classe (212) 875-0115 228 West 72 St. (Broadway / West End Ave.)
 A new restaurant/club with jazz 6 nights a week.  Join TRUDI MANN & MEN - every Sunday - 12pm-4pm for an open mic for singers with: PAT FIRTH - piano - SAADI ZAIN - bass - TRUDI MANN - host/vocals/drums.  There is no cover. Please bring two copies of your music and sign in to join the Sunday open mic.  Email the restaurant at
iprimidellaclasse@yahoo.com
Prohibition (212) 579-3100 503 Columbus Avenue (at 84th Street)
Live music, including jazz tinged R&B.

Roth's Westside Steakhouse

 (212) 280-4103 680 Columbus Avenue (93rd / 94th)
Great neighborhood steakhouse is now a jazz haven on weekends from 10PM - 1AM.   Jazz piano also accompanies dinner hours from 6 or 7 every night.  This is the place to enjoy jazz on the Upper Westside without the sports bar intrusions of another local favorite.   Keep a look out for vocalist Annette St. John and Frank Senior.  Jazz Brunch at noon on Sundays.
Session 73 212 517 4445 1359 First Ave. (73 rd St)
Mixed musical bag in this Upper East Side Tapas and Music emporium. Grant Green Jr. has been spotted on their schedule.

Smoke

Big Apple Jazz Club Profile by Gordon Polatnick

(212) 864-6662 2751 Broadway (105th / 106th) 
Picking up where Augie's (its forerunner) left off, Smoke has developed into a hip and casually swank jazz joint with the chops and personalities to recommend it to serious fans of NY jazz. Located on Broadway and Duke Ellington Blvd it is easily the standard bearer for quality jazz, food and service north of  Columbus Circle.  Sets: 7pm, 9pm & 10:30pm. Round Midnight sets start at 11:30PM and after-hour weekend sets are: 11:30pm & 12:45.  Kitchen open till 2AM.  Bar closes at 4:00.  A food/drink minimum often serves as the cover charge during the week. Big name acts on Friday and Saturday costs more (around $30), and reservations are a must on weekends and special shows. $30 prix-fixe menu available.
Mondays:  Jam session & special guest artist
Tuesdays:  B3 organ grooves & soul jazz
Wednesdays:  Funked up jazz
Thursdays:  Sideman in the spotlight
Sundays:  "Evening" vocal jazz  -early
Sundays:  Afro-Cuban / Latin jazz  -late
  Now with a great new menu.  For more information see: Big Apple Jazz Smoke Club Profile by Gordon Polatnick
Stir Bar and Lounge (212) 744-7190 1363 1st. Ave (73rd Street)
Sundays   9pm-12am find talents such as the charming Alexis Cole performing in this hip and trendy lounge with a mini menu of tasty delights.
 Sugar Bar
(Ashford and Simpson's)
(212) 579-0222 254 W. 72nd St. (West End / Broadway)
Jazzy Tuesdays feature esteemed vocalists such as Yvette Glover, who sings the blues with such feeling and authenticity you will think she invented the form.  Soloists such as John Hicks or Bill Saxton also entertain in this intimate bar/restaurant/lounge which asks for a two drink minimum and $6.00 cover to enjoy the show which starts at 8:45.
Symphony Space (212) 864-5400 2537 Broadway (SW Corner of 95th Street)
This is a special events theater which is home to the JVC Jazz Festival and the 2001 Wall to Wall, all day/all free Miles Davis 75th Birthday tribute.  Check their link for upcoming special events.
Tar Bar and Lounge
RIP
(212) 570-5704 1412 First Avenue ( 74th / 75th Sts.)
"Starting July 20th - every Thursday night from 10PM until 2AM Music will consist of Sinatra, jazz a little Brazilian mix...and more!   There is no cover to enter the bar. Enjoy music from artist Tom Lellis ." ~Their Website
Tavern on the Green RIP (212) 873-3200 Central Park at W. 67 St  Summer brings Jazz under stars night at the most well known restaurant in New York.  There is usually a $20 per person music fee, and 2 drink minimum. Call  212-873-3200 ext. 241 for reservations.  Call in advance to find out whether the jazz music is back as it hibernates during the winter months.
Triad Theater (212) 787-7921 158 West 72nd Street (Broadway / Columbus)
"Name" jazz vocalists and instrumentalists perform weekly at this comfortable cabaret-style theater, that has great acoustics and a real "nightclub" ambiance. In coming months artists such as vocalists Mark Murphy/Dena DeRose, Meredith D'Ambrosio, Giacomo Gates, Marion Cowings, Melody Breyer-Grell, Jim Malloy, pianist Lenore Raphael, the Juilliard Jazz Band and many others will perform.  See www.triadnyc.com  for monthly schedules, as dates and times vary. Cover charges range from $15.-$20. with a 2-drink minimum. WEDNESDAYS @ 10pm ~  Open Jam Session
The Underground Lounge (212) 531-4759 955 West End Ave (SW corner of Broadway and 107th St.)
Columbia University area.
Eclectic schedule of entertainment including music and comedy, in a mid-subterranean hideaway.
Wilson's Grill and Bar at the Lucerne Hotel
RIP
(212) 769-0100 201 West 79th Street (Broadway / Amsterdam) 
Live Music Nightly. Tuesday night at 8:00 is jazz weekly, but a mixed bag other nights.  Cover charge varies with performances.  Call for reservations or to hear more about the evening's entertainment.  Blue-eyed soul with singer/pianist Gavin DeGraw on Mondays, and R&B stage show with the Stingers every Friday.

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