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

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Updated: 8 May 2018

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.

Iridum Jazz Club
Music Venue

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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.
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Sun:
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon:
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
7:00 pm - 12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Adults Only

Services & Activities:

Independent

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Loud

Fat Cat Jazz Club
Music Venue
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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.
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Sun - Mon:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Mon - Tue:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Tue - Wed:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Wed - Thu:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Thu - Fri:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Adults Only

Services & Activities:

Dancing

Atmosphere:

Indoors

Blue Note Jazz Club
Music Venue
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.
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Sun:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tue:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wed:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat:
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Dancing, Independent

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Crowded, Loud

Jack Kerouac, On The Road, The Village Vanguard
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Nobody made restlessness and aimlessness sexier than Jack Kerouac. His classic novel On The Road remains one of the most iconic pieces of 20th century literature. His amped up, 100-miles-per-hour prose explodes across the page and makes anyone who reads it want to quit their job or drop out of college to drive through the night from coast to coast in search of truth, cheap kicks, cool girls and hot jazz. His semaphore code and beatnik style glorify grottos and coffee shops from San Francisco to Greenwich Village. The Village Vanguard in the West Village was part of that movement, and makes for the perfect place to recapture that lightning in a bottle once again.
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Sun:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Adults Only

Services & Activities:

Independent

Atmosphere:

Indoors

Jazz at Lincoln Center
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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.
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Sun - Mon:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors

Bill's Place
Music Venue

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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.
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Fri:
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Adults Only

Services & Activities:

Independent

Atmosphere:

Indoors

The Astor Room
Music Venue
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.
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Sun:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Independent

Atmosphere:

Indoors

Jazz Standard
Music Venue

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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.
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Sun:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat:
11:30 am - 12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Independent

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Instagrammable

Birdland
Music Venue
Birdland 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.
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Sun - Mon:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Wed:
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Adults Only

Services & Activities:

Independent

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Historical Landmark

The Red Rooster
Bar, Restaurant, American, Soul Food, $$$

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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.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Modern, Traditional, Nightlife, Cosy