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6 Places with Live Jazz in New York City

If you are looking for a classic thing to do in New York, take note: jazz!  There are several places to listen to jazz in the city and today I gather some in this post – and we have options for all the budgets.

Jazz at Lincoln – located at Columbus Circle, Jazz at Lincoln features several rooms and many jazz performances on several days of the week. The schedule is intense and the place is a classic. The tip? Choose a performance in the Appel Room. The reason? The incredible view of Central Park. The price can change – starting at $35 and worth every penny.  See the calendar on the website.

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Address: 10 Columbus Cir.

Fat Cat – Fat Cat is a bar and features several games tables, such as pool, pong & shuffleboard. There are 10 pool tables, 10 ping pong tables, 3 shuffleboard tables, 3 foosball machines, and enough chess (with time clocks), checkers, backgammon, and scrabble sets. There is a charge –  $6 per person, on average. Check out the prices here. Another highlight of Fat Cat – the main one, I would say – is live jazz performances. Every night, there is a musician or band performing. The bar ends up being very diversified, because it offers quality music in a super cool atmosphere, frequented by people of all styles. It is true that most of the public was very young, but the atmosphere is so cool and there is no way you do not feel welcome. If you’re not in the mood to play, just grab a table or chair, grab a drink or beer, and enjoy good music.

It is worth remembering that, as in any bar in the city, only those over 21 years old are allowed – upon presentation of ID. Fat Cat is open from Monday to Thursday, from 2 p.m., and from Friday to Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. For entry after 6 pm, there is a fee of $ 3 per person. The price is also great: beers cost $  on average and snacks like peanuts and chips are $3.

Address: 75 Christopher Street.

Minton’s Playhouse -Minton’s is an old and famous place in Harlem – it was founded in 1938 by the saxophonist Henry Milton. Carmen McRae, Billy Eckstine, Erroll Garner, Gene Krupa, Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, and Art Blakey are some of the important musician’s names that have performed there. Minton’s is not a large restaurant. I would say that is very intimate – and also perfect for dates. The admission price is $10 Sun-Wed and $15 Thu- Sat. per set PLUS a 2 drink minimum. On Sundays, during brunch, there is no music charge unless otherwise indicated.

Mon. – Wed. – 6 pm to midnight –  Thu. – Sat. – 6 pm to 1 am – Sun. Noon to midnight. Check out the calendar.

Address: 206 West 118th Street.

Red Rooster – It is a restaurant specialized in Soul food. The ambiance is amazing – you can choose a table inside and enjoy the trendy atmosphere that get the place with the live jazz, or sit outside, weather permitting, and keep up with the life of the street. I would recommend making a reservation for brunch, on a Saturday or Sunday, with live music, it is a must-see! The price of the main courses ranges from $18 to $37. Check out the performance calendar. Live music and DJ every day, free admission.

Downstairs in Red Rooster’s is one of New York’s best kept secrets: Ginny’s Supper Club. This classic Harlem speakeasy is a feast for all senses.  Check out more information.

Address: 310 Lenox Avenue.

Paris Blues –  this bar is another Harlem classic. It opened in 1969 and is under the same direction until today. You pay nothing to get in – but you have to buy two beers or two drinks. The place is simple and the music is great. In addition, there is free food – chicken and rice. Paris Blues opens every day, from noon to 3 am and has music every day – check out the calendar.

Address: 163 W 121st St.

Iridium – this is one of the best secrets of the heart of Manhattan. No spotlight.  Don’t go for the food.  Don’t go for the drinks. Go for the music. Go purely for the music. There, not infrequently, you find geniuses for modest prices. Greg Howe. Jon Satriani. Buddy Guy. Paul Reed Smith. Les Paul. These are some geniuses that have been there and some of those that still play there. Iridium definitely does not belong to Times Square. But Times Square definitely belongs to Iridium.

Click here and check out Iridium calendar.

Address: 1650 Broadway. 

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