You may have known that jazz in New York is among the best in the world with a lot of live music venues around the city. We’ve listed here the top jazz clubs in NYC from Manhattan to Gowanus to Brooklyn.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Upper West Side
Lincoln Center’s jazz armies high atop the Time Warner Center, several blocks away from the main campus. It has three rooms: The Rose Theater – a traditional midsize space, the Allen Room, and the smaller Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, with stages that are framed by big windows overlooking Columbus Circle. The venues feel like a Manhattan jazz club’s vision of a Hollywood cinematographer. One of the best players there is Wynton Marsalis, the famed artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
This 30-year-old clubhouse contains a miniature basement cabaret which was devoted to music and readings as well as a genial dining room which opens wide to the sidewalk in summer. Try a range of jazzy fare from classic vocalists to avant-garde boppers.
Birdland, located among the neon lights of Times Square, is the flagship venue for jazz resurgence of the midtown. It is really a haven for great jazz musicians like Kurt Elling and Joe Lovano as well as performers like Aaron Neville and John Pizzarelli. Birdland is also well-known for its roster of bands-in-residence. It offers the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra on Sundays.
Blue Note, Greenwich Village
The Blue Note is proud itself of being “the jazz capital of the world.” The close-set tables in this club get patrons rubbing up against each other while bona fide musical titans like McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea rub against hot young talents like Brooklyn soul act Phony PPL. The best bargain bets are the Sunday brunches and the late-night weekend sets.