All That Jazz!

We’re lucky in New York to have so many venues where we can hear great music, whether by the giants of jazz, or incredibly talented amateurs.  Where to go?  Here are a few (list will be updated from time to time)

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Easily one of my favorite places: three elegant venues (with great views of Columbus Circle/Central Park) with reasonable ticket prices.  The JALC Orchestra is top-notch, and the best of the best play here.  Nothing more to say.  Find more info here


Down a flight of stairs to below street level to an intimate venue with bench and bar seating for 60 people, which means you can hear some great performers close up, without having your ears blasted out.  Around since 1994, Smalls has very relaxed atmosphere, with several shows starting late afternoon and continuing on till the early morning.  There are also afternoon jam sessions and master classes.  Check it out!  More info here

Rue B

Do you enjoy listening to jazz, and maybe even want to sing it?  Is a dive bar in the East Village your kind of joint?  Then get on down to Rue B for the Sunday night performance, jam session and open mic that’s being run by Jocelyn Medina.  Starting with a performance at 8:30, then the open mic around 8:45  where not yet household names sing, play and whistle up a storm ‘til around 11:30.  So what if you have to get up for work on Monday; your memories of Sunday night will get you through the day.  More info here


Long known for their Les Paul Monday’s, a who’s who of  jazz, rock and blues pass through the Iridium.  I recently caught Diane Schuur there, and Mick Taylor a while back.  The space isn’t too large, the sound is good, and the food’s not bad.  And the prices are good!  Find more info here

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