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Village Jazz Crawl

Rated 4.64 out of 5 from 11 reviews.New York, United States

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Experience hosted by Gordon

4 hours
Includes tickets, transportation
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The underground jazz scene in NYC has been swinging for over a hundred years. On this Experience we will dive right into the heart of that scene by visiting two small Greenwich Village joints hidden in the shadows cast by more luminary venues like the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note. I've made a habit of discovering great talent in lesser known Village clubs since the 80's. My tastes lean toward soulful playing and singing where the band is 100% invested in what they're doing and having a great time swinging.

I'm limiting this Experience to the first 5 people to get the most intimate feeling, and I'm focusing on the best atmosphere in which to hear the best downtown musicians that I'm dying to see that night.
The underground jazz scene in NYC has been swinging for over a hundred years. On this Experience we will dive right into the heart of that scene by visiting two small Greenwich Village joints hidden in the shadows cast by more luminary venues like the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note. I've made a habit of discovering great talent in lesser known Village clubs since the 80's. My tastes lean toward soulful playing and singing where the band i…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    cover charges
  • Transportation
    If we need to ride between venues, I'll spring for the taxi.
From $99
/ person
Thu, Oct 1
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
$99 per person
$99 per person
Thu, Oct 8
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
$99 per person
$99 per person
Thu, Oct 15
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
$99 per person
$99 per person

Meet your host, Gordon

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 11 Reviews
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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
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 sc…
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Where you'll be

There are more jazz joints in the West Village, Greenwich Village and Tribeca than most people realize. My greatest joy is showing New Yorkers and visitors alike, what is hidden below the radar of the downtown scene, and hipping them to the most passionate players on earth.

Since it's all about talent, we'll create a fresh route each night to wherever the action is; and our tastes lead decidedly to the smaller, lesser known underground clubs.

Rated 4.64 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Liri Evren
February 2020
Once everything clears out and we can be in public again, don’t miss the opportunity to have a great time with Gordon... great music, interesting places, wonderful people... I’d certainly recommend and if possible I’d also repeat the experience;)
Once everything clears out and we can be in public again, don’t miss the opportunity to have a great time with Gordon... great music, interesting places, wonderful people... I’d ce…
Susan
February 2018
Gordon is a wonderful host and knowledgeable guide - my son & I knew we were in good hands even before we met him. Gordon had messaged us regarding what to expect and where to meet. It was easy to spot him, he looks just like his photo : ) With Gordon, we felt like insiders at the intimate jazz places we visited in Greenwich Village. We were able to get up close with the wonderful musicians, Gordon filled us in about the musicians and their music, and was also generous in giving us lots of information about other jazz clubs he thought we might like. The jazz tour with Gordon was one of our best experiences in NYC.
Gordon is a wonderful host and knowledgeable guide - my son & I knew we were in good hands even before we met him. Gordon had messaged us regarding what to expect and where to meet…
Joshua
February 2018
Gordon was a terrific presence and wonderful guide to the history and current world of jazz on the lower East Side. He took us to superb music in places I would never have found otherwise. Recommended!
Martin
January 2018
The tour was great and Gordon clearly knows the subject, the places and the people there. The two bands were very good and the 2 bars would have been difficult to find without Gordon. I would have love spending a bit more time speaking with him about the historical aspect, Gordon is an encyclopedia. See you next time we come to NY for sure.
The tour was great and Gordon clearly knows the subject, the places and the people there. The two bands were very good and the 2 bars would have been difficult to find without Gord…
January 2018
It was great! All the places were wonderful. Gordon is very friendly and knowledgeable. Would do it again if I get a chance.
Stefania
December 2017
Gordon è il tramite perfetto verso una serata magica all’insegna del jazz e della cultura musicale delle singole zone di New Tork. Esperienza imprescindibile per coloro che amano lamusica dal vivo, artisticamente parlando. Ci ha accompagnati in una serie di locali con ospiti illustri che nessuno avrebbe potuto prenotare senza essere dell’ambiente. Altamente raccomandato!!
Gordon è il tramite perfetto verso una serata magica all’insegna del jazz e della cultura musicale delle singole zone di New Tork. Esperienza imprescindibile per coloro che amano l…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

Food and drink is extra - food not always available.
Dress code is up to you.
We will probably be walking some in good weather.
Close up photos/videos of musicians are possible, no flash though.