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Big Apple Jazz Tour

200 Central Park South, Suite 16J, New York City, NY 10019
+1 718-606-8442
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Ranked #55 of 533 Activities in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Offering nightly small group tours through Greenwich Village and Harlem's historic and exciting nightlife. We visit 2 or 3 live jazz spots each night... more » Owner description: Offering nightly small group tours through Greenwich Village and Harlem's historic and exciting nightlife. We visit 2 or 3 live jazz spots each night of the week. All live music and transportation costs are included in the tour price, but food and drinks are extra. Our jazz tours take place in Manhattan for the most part, but private tours to Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx can be arranged. Our goal is to offer the most intimate, small group tours available to Harlem and Greenwich Village neighborhood nightclubs and juke joints. We also provide insight into the Big Apple jazz scene as it has evolved over the past hundred years. Consider hiring Gordon Polatnick to take you on a private tour throughout the city by luxury limousine - starting late and ending early to catch the scene at it's most exciting, or during the day to experience the city's many intriguing neighborhoods with an insider. Other public tours include sets at New York's most exclusive jazz clubs to hear the living legends of jazz any night of the week. « less
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Bere Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Gordon is a very knowledgeable guy and gave us a great tour. It was a very flexible tour and we popped in to one restaurant that had recently started jazz on a Sunday. We meet some nice people on the tour and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in bars we would never have discovered by ourselves.

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Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We joined this Harlem Juke Joint Tour with Gordon! It has been a great experience for us and a pleasure to have Gordon's expertise! Thanks a lot from Germany!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We went on a combined tour of clubs both in The Village and Harlem, and had a great time. Gordon, who used to own his own jazz club in Harlem, knows all there is to know about the history of jazz in NYC and the jazz scene today. Highly recommended!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Where to start wanting to have a 1st experience of New York see as much art as possible and hear some fine music. big apple jazz tours provided an individual knowledgable way of both engaging with a number of acts and hearing some wonderful music.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Gordon is a very personable and knowledgeable guide who loves jazz and wants to share it. We never would have gone to, or found, the great places that he took us to in Harlem. There were three distinct clubs and he explained the differences in the neighborhoods and music. After four days in NYC, the Jazz Tour was the only... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I live in NYC, love jazz, but am lazy on trying new venues, especially all the way uptown vs my normal stomping grounds in gramercy/village. I've organized two Harlem trips with Gordon when I've had friends in from Europe who wanted to explore. I've LOVED each jazz crawl, my friends have been thrilled. Great music, good food, and Gordon knows... More

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Maitland, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went on the Harlem Jazz Joint tour and it was fabulous. Our guide Amanda was funny, informative and knew how to show us a good time. We visited a variety of Jazz clubs and had a fantastic time. It was one of our best nights out in New York. We would definitely do it again when we visit New... More

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

I had a fab time on this tour met great people listened to some real nyc talent and learnt a lot about the music. Gordon was a great host perfect for our group!

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Parksville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I'm not a biggest jazz fan (I do love Willie Nelson) but this was a fun and informative evening. Much more enjoyable than I expected it to be. Saw so much and learned so much about an important part of New York City. I've heard a lot about Harlem, not all good (I'm 69), but pre conceptions were blown away... More

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I was on a business trip, and on my last evening I went to Harlem with Gordon and four more people. The stories, the clubs, and the suggested food (chicken & waffles? o yeah!) were great, the music was perfect and I had a great evening! Especially of you travel alone (and are a woman) this is the perfect way... More

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