Jazz Clubs

Where to Find Great Jazz in New York City

Jazz may be associated with cities like New Orleans or even Chicago but New York has a pretty hip jazz scene too.  If you’re wondering where to find great jazz in New York City, then read on and let us show you.

The Bar Next Door

Somewhere between West 3rd and 4th Avenues you will find the Bar Next Door and this is one of the hippest spots in the city to hear some great jazz.  Hit the club after 8pm and  you will hit the jackpot.  This is a throwback to the jazz clubs of the 20’s and 30’s and it is located in a basement.  Above you will find ‘La Lanterna di Vittoria,’ where you can start the evening off with a delicious Italian meal.  There is a cover charge to get into the club but it is less than $10 and worth every penny.  Drinks are none too shabby either and make sure you sample some of their Brazilian wines.

It is a small club and the seating is pretty close together but the quality of the musicians that play here makes it all worthwhile.  The bar is open Sunday to Thursday from 6pm until 2am and on the weekends until 3am but getting here early in order to snag a great seat is a must.  Sit back and sip your champagne cocktails and enjoy the show!

Cleopatra’s Needle

This is a world renowned jazz club that can be found on the Upper West Side, the club is named after the monument in New York’s Central Park.  You can grab food and drink while listening to some great live jazz.  This place is as famous for the food as it is for the jazz, the kitchen has been featured on the ‘Food Network’ and the jazz sessions have brought in some of the biggest names in the business.  It was even featured in ‘Downbeat’ as one of the 100 Great Venues to Hear Jazz.  The whole place has a vibrant atmosphere and you need to check it out.  If you are a budding musician yourself then check out Sundays open mic from 2-6pm.

The Allen Room

Lastly we come to the Allen Room on Broadway.  This place is incredible, it is a wonderful amphitheater that has a 50 foot glass wall that looks onto Columbus Circle and Central Park.  You can listen to some incredible jazz while people watching in Central Park.

These are but a few of the great places to check out some great Jazz in New York, take an evening and treat yourself to some good food and even better music.