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New York's Top 10 Jazz Clubs: Music in Manhattan

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Updated: 8 December 2017
Historically regarded as one of the best cultural hubs in the world, New York is home to a countless number of legendary jazz clubs that have seen the likes of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker revolutionize the genre. While these legends may no longer be with us, the clubs they tore up are still located all over New York. Culture Trip takes a look at the top 10 Jazz Clubs in NYC.

Fat Cat Jazz Club

To hear the Jazz stars of tomorrow head to Fat Cat’s late night jam sessions that often sees Julliard students popping in at 2am. The grungy bar offers wide variety of entertainment with extensive billiards and ping pong offering alongside multiple shows a night. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or just a casual fan, you’re bound to have a ball at Fat Cat.

Fat Cat, 75 Christopher St, New York, NY, USA, 10014 +1 212 675 6056

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Iridum Jazz Club

Located in the center of Times Square, The Iridium was home to Les Paul, the inventor of the electric guitar, who played the club weekly. While the man is gone, his spirit lives on with weekly tributes and much more to see nightly. Every music fan should come and pay respect to a true legend at The Iridium.

Iridium, 1650 Broadway, New York, NY, USA 10019 +1 212 582 2121

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Blue Note Jazz Club

The Blue Note opened in the 1980’s but since then has become a world leader in live jazz. With another hub in Tokyo, Blue Note is one of the best-diversified jazz clubs in the world. In its heyday, the club attracted legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and Oscar Peterson, giving it legendary status among many jazz fans.

Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY, USA 10012 +1 212 475 8592


Village Vanguard

A true focal point of the Jazz scene since Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk started playing the club in the 50’s, Village Vanguard remains one of the hottest jazz clubs in the city. Legendary live albums have been recorded at the club by the likes of Bill Evans and John Coltrane, enough to get any true jazz fan through the doors. The Village Vanguard is the club for anyone looking to truly walk into history.

Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave S, New York, NY, USA, 10014 +1 212 255 4037

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Jazz at Lincoln Center

This multi-million dollar venture launched by Wynton Marsalis has ensured that NYC remains the world leader for live jazz. From the classy Allen Room, with a glass window overlooking Central Park, to Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club where students can grab last minute tickets for ten bucks, there are more than enough jazz options here to satisfy even the pickiest fan.

Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Shops at Columbus Circle, 3 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019 +1 212 875 545

Bill’s Place

To truly get the feel of the Harlem Renaissance, head to Bill’s Place, a speakeasy in the heart of Harlem opened by musician Bill Saxton in 2006. Located on the bottom floor of a brownstone, Bill’s Place gives you the authentic feeling of true jazz music. Come for the music, but stay for the authenticity.

Bill’s Place, 148 W 133rd St, New York, NY, USA, 10030 +1 212 281 0777

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The Astor Room

One of Queens’s classiest jazz venues, Astor Room began service in the 1920’s as Paramount Pictures commissary. Stars like Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson could be seen hanging around Adolph Zukor’s production studios at the location. Now Astor Room offers great jazz concerts with top notch Burgers and Oysters. Come for a piece of history and stay for the beautiful ambience.

The Astor Room, 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, NY, 11106 +1 718 255 1947


Jazz Standard

To fill your culinary and jazz needs, head to Jazz Standard. Jazz Standard offers delicious barbecue by Chef Danny Meyers and pairs it with the sounds of big band jazz. The acclaimed Mingus Big Band appears regularly at the club. The cozy, dark lit room sets the mood right and will have you coming back.

Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, New York, NY, USA, 10016 +1 212 576 2232

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While locations have changed over the years, Birdland has become a staple in Jazz history. Named after Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, this jazz club revives the same clubs Parker played at regularly. They call themselves the “jazz corner of the world,” and by all estimations, they definitely are not exaggerating.

Birdland, 315 W 44th St, New York, NY, USA,10036 +1 212 581 3080

The Red Rooster

The Red Rooster has quickly become one of the hottest restaurants in Harlem. Boasting world class soul food by Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s as well as high quality live music, The Red Rooster has something for everybody. Whether you’re interested in the free gigs at the bar or events at the downstairs Ginny’s Supper Club, Red rooster always has something on to offer.

Red Rooster, 310 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY, USA, 10027 +1 212 792 9001

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