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New York City Nightlife Guide

NYC Jazz Clubs

These are the some of the best jazz clubs in New York City. Reservations or advance tickets are recommended at all clubs. Cover charges & minimums are per person and subject to change

Looking for your favorite jazz artist in concert?
Check our New York City Concert Guide


315 W 44th Street | between 8th Avenue & 9th Avenue

Info 212-581-3080 | Birdland

Sets Monday & Tuesday 5:30P 9:00P 11:00P | Wednesday & Thursday 9:00P 11:00P | Friday 5:30P 9:00P 11:00P | Saturday & Sunday 9:00P 11:00P

Cover Varies | Minimum $10

Classic jazz, bebop, Afro-Cuban; watch for 5:30P big band sets and Sunday nights with Chico O'Farrill

Blue Note

131 W 3rd Street | between 6th Avenue & Macdougal Street

Info 212-475-8592 | Blue Note

Sets Monday thru Thursday 8:00P 10:30P | Friday & Saturday 8:00P 10:30P Late night jam until 4:00A | Sunday 1:00P 3:30P 8:00P 10:30P

Cover $15 to $55 Late Night Jam $5

The greats, simply the greats. The winter 2001-2002 sked features Chick Corea, David Sanborn, Regina Belle, Monty Alexander & Les McCann, Jon Hendricks & Annie Ross, Tania Maria, James Moody, Cassandra get the idea. Be sure to catch the late night jam with Charles Blenzig & Friends

The Bottom Line

15 W 4th Street | at Mercer Street

Info 212- 502-3471 | 212-228-6300 | The Bottom Line

Sets Monday thru Sunday 7:30P 10:30P

Cover Usually $15 to $30

Note The Bottom line closed its doors January 22, 2004. Allan and Stanley are still searching for a new location so we're keeping the listing active. It ain't really gone until it's really gone

Cabaret or jazz? Jazz or cabaret? Or blues? Or a bit of rock? We've decided to call it a New York jazz club just 'cause we can't easily pigeonhole it anywhere else. Since 1974 the Bottom Line has consistently showcased some of the best known talent around and introduced NYC music fans to many who have gone on to be a bit more than well known, Bruce Springsteen for one


1650 Broadway | at 51st Street

Info 212-582-2121 | Iridium

Sets Monday thru Thursday 8:30P 10:30P | Friday & Saturday 8:30P 10:30P 12:00M | Sunday 8:30P 10:30P

Cover $25 to $35

We liked the old room in the Empire Hotel, haven't yet had a chance to hear the new one with a sound system designed by legend Les Paul. Sounds you can tap your toe to: Kenny Baron, McCoy Tyner, Mose Allison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Pharoah Sanders. Les Paul every Monday. Great for after theater on Friday & Saturday nights

The Jazz Standard

116 E 27th Street | between Lexington Avenue & Park Avenue South

Info 212-576-2232 | Jazz Standard

Sets Monday thru Thursday 8:00P 10:00P | Friday & Saturday 8:00P 10:30P 12:00M | Sunday 7:00P 9:00P

Cover Monday thru Thursday $18 | Friday Sat $25 | Minimum $10

One of the nicer rooms a few steps down presenting a great mix of different players and styles. Good eats in the upstairs restaurant

The Knitting Factory

74 Leonard Street | between Church Street & Broadway

Info 212-219-3006 | The Knitting Factory

Sets Show times vary 7 nights per week, usually 1or 2 sets per night, sometimes 3 sets on weekends, 

Cover Varies, usually $10 to $20 in Main Space

This is the most active jazz space in New York. Four rooms--the Main Space, Old Office, Tap Bar and Knitactive Soundstage--bring music lovers almost continuous exciting sounds. You think you know what jazz is? The folks at the Knitting Factory define the term rather loosely and fit a whole range of genres under that umbrella and it's always exciting and always good. Whether you like improv, fusion, alternative bluegrass with a twist or something you just can't name, this is the place for new sounds that respects the classics. The Knitting Factory is more than a club, they produce jazz festivals, operate three (or is it now four?) record labels and the show Live From The Knitting Factory is aired weekly on the BET On Jazz cable network


fat cat | 75 Christopher Street | near 7th Avenue South

Info 212-675-7369 | smalls (site still active with performance info)

Sets Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00P to 4:00A | Sunday 9:00P to 1:00A 

Cover $15 includes one complimentary drink | Sunday usually no cover

Note smalls, the little club with big music, was forced to close its doors in May, 2003. Owner Mitch Borden took his show on the road, though not to far, with a line-up six nights a week at the Fat Cat, a billiard parlor just around the corner from the former smalls


2751 Broadway | at 106th Street

Info 212-864-6662 | Smoke

Sets Usually 9:00P 11:00P 12:30A

Cover None to about $15 | Minimum Usually $10

Monday night jams, Tuesdays with the Hammond B3 Organ grooves, regulars Hot Pants Funk Sextet, Chris Washburne, Jim Rotondi & David Hazeltine make for very serious sounds in this uptown New York gem

Village Vanguard

178 7th Avenue South | near W 11th Street

Info 212-255-4037 | Village Vanguard

Sets Monday thru Thursday 9:30P 11:30P | Friday & Saturday 9:30P 11:30P 1:00A | Sunday 9:30P 11:30P

Cover $15 to $20 | Minimum $10 | No credit cards

A small room with a heck of a lot of history stuffed in. No food service, no smoking at the tables, just serious New York music. The Vanguard has played early host to jazz luminaries such as Coltrane, Davis, Gordon, Getz and Monk since 1935. Catch the best all-around players Monday nights with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Various Lincoln Center Venues

If you like the classic sounds we've included Jazz at Lincoln Center performances in our New York City Concert Guide


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