What you'll do
We'll visit 2 or 3 funky jazz joints where local fans and musicians hang out, and the music is always fantastic. I've been jazz clubbing nightly for 22 years, and haven't discovered anything that comes close to the incredible spirit found in certain Harlem nightclubs. I'll take you right to the heart of that scene. As we go from club to club, I'll also point out and delve into the historically significant sites and strikingly beautiful homes of Harlem. We will also make sure to stop by the world famous Apollo Theater, and discuss the evolution of jazz from dixieland through bebop. I'll introduce you to everyone we meet, and you'll immediately feel immersed in the Harlem jazz scene and relaxed in your surroundings. Amazing meals will be available during the sets so bring an appetite. (Please note: Refreshments are not included in the ticket price). - Visit two specially selected hidden jazz haunts with an expert insider - See the sites and learn the stories of Harlem's jazz history - Great food/drinks available at clubs (but not included in ticket price) - Advice on where to hear the best jazz elsewhere in the city Note: In the event that I am not available, my lovely Big Apple Jazz co-hosts, Amanda or Margot, will be leading the group. TripAdvisor ranks Big Apple Jazz Tours #1 for Nightlife in all of New York City. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigapplejazz
Hi I'm Gordon, a third generation New Yorker. I've always felt most at home in jazz joints. That's where my people are - the players and the fans; they've inspired me my whole working life: - I've owned a jazz club in Harlem - Worked at radio stations and record companies - Managed musicians - Had my jazz photos and articles in major publications For over two decades, I've been designing and leading immersive jazz crawls through NY's underground scene as the owner of Big Apple Jazz Tours. We're a small operation but ranked # 1 in nightlife on TripAdvisor in New York City. My co-hosts are the lovely: Amanda, a Harlem jazz singer loved by all; and Margot, a trusted colleague of Dizzy Gillespie. We know our way around all the underground joints, so join me, Amanda, or Margot as we head deep into that scene. Instagram: bigapplejazz
I'll pay cover charges if necessary. Many of the local clubs just pass around the "love bucket" for musicians. So bring…
Taxi fares are included when we need to hop a cab to where the action is. When timing and weather permit, we will be walking…
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Where you'll be
Harlem is the Manhattan neighborhood just north of Central Park. It is easily accessible by subway, taxis, and buses 24/7. The neighborhood encompasses Sugar Hill, Central Harlem, and Spanish Harlem. We will go wherever the action is on your particular night - so each experience will be special and unique, and NO tourist traps! At the end of the Experience I will consult with you to find the best way to your next destination.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 11 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Guests should consider ordering something from the bar whether it's alcohol or not, because that's how most of these hidden places stay in business. If that is going to be a problem please let me know ahead…
- Food and drink is available but not included. - There is no dress code. - We will be walking up to 12 blocks. - Photos/Videos are welcomed by the jazz bands! - Teens are welcomed in the jazz clubs.
Harlem Jazz Crawl