The best jazz clubs in New York City (part 2)

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Ibeam Brooklyn, Gowanus

Ibeam Brooklyn is a compact practice-pad-cum-venue which is run by Brian Drye – a trombonist and has recently become a go-to for jazzers of Brooklyn. Brian Drye’s cozy, tiny, artistic digs keep overheard down to offer a low-cost alternative to more lavish jazz venues of the city, highlighting the most progressive minds in the local scene.

Iridium, Midtown West

Iridium lures the crowds with a lineup which is split between household names and other people known only to the jazz-savvy. The sound system and sight lines are truly worthy of celebration.

The Jazz Gallery, Manhattan

The Jazz Gallery

Located near the Flatiron Building, the Jazz Gallery is one of Manhattan’s premier incubators for progressive-jazz talent. It has been relocated from its former Soho digs to become a gallery-like space.

Nublu Classic, East Village

First-timers at Nublu Classic will have to ask the smokers outside if they have come to the right place which as marked by a blue light. Inside of this remote Alphabet City outpost, people settle in for the avant-garde acts and offbeat jazz such as Wax Poetic of its owner Ilhan Ersahin. Live Brazilian music and dance are offered on Wednesday nights. Nublu 151, a sister venue of Nublu Classic, also hosts live music just a few blocks away.

Smalls, West Village

For those who are looking for an authentic jazz club experience instead of the cheesy dinner-club vibe which prevails at so many other spots around the town, Smalls is a must-visit destination. It offered a cozy space that feels like a speakeasy. And its booking skews retro, yet not stubbornly so: You will hear classic hardbop and more adventurous, contemporary-flavored approaches.

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, Upper West Side

Owners Frank Christopher and Paul Stache have created a jazz joint’s jewel. On weekends, guests gather around the block to listen to a set by jazz’s remaining big names, and they are well-rewarded: comfy sofas, low-lit chandeliers, unobstructed sight lines, and plush carpeting – all together make it seem like you are enjoy these things in your living room.