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Big Apple Jazz Tour

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Address: 200 Central Park South, Suite 16J, New York City, NY 10019
Phone Number: +1 917-863-7854
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Description: Thanks for visiting Big Apple Jazz Tours! Since 1997 we have been on the...
Thanks for visiting Big Apple Jazz Tours! Since 1997 we have been on the front lines of the underground New York City jazz scene - taking small groups down into the basements and alleyways where live jazz still thrives in neighborhood nightclubs from Harlem to Greenwich Village. Legendary players and clubs as well. 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.
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The absolute BEST Jazz tour around...

Ok, so I write a lot of reviews for TripAdvisor. I also research a ton before going anywhere... and Big Apple Jazz Tours was one of those. The other reviews and BAJT's rating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Ok, so I write a lot of reviews for TripAdvisor. I also research a ton before going anywhere... and Big Apple Jazz Tours was one of those. The other reviews and BAJT's rating truly speak for themselves, but let me give you a view from my incredible experience. Met up with Gordon at the designated meeting place, greeted us all... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our evening learning about Harlem and enjoying great jazz music. It was fantastic to see the Apollo theater and some of the murals from Franco the Great. It was great to see 3 different clubs and meet some of the locals who work at some of these bars. We loved getting to know Barbara (our bartender) and... More 

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I went with a small group from Australia and Canada. It was the highlight of our trip to New York. Gordon was full of great info about Harlem and Jazz, and opened us up to what Harlem and Jazz was and still is in New York. We felt welcomed everywhere we went, and made some new friends.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Gordon was a very knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed the 3 clubs we visited. All of which were very different and a good overview of the Greenwich jazz scene. Would do another tour with him next time in NY!

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Culloden, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Our group included a couple who has lived in Harlem for several years and a person who has produced hundreds of jazz shows in another city, and Gordon still turned us on to venues we were unaware of, including several that had no music our night out but which we plan to visit in the future. Gordon customized the arc... More 

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BigAppleGordon, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this review

It was tremendous fun taking you around on Saturday. Thanks so much for the nice review. I love the challenge of showing New Yorkers and big jazz fans something that they may not be aware of - particularly in their own neighborhood. The scene is shifting all the time and it's impossible to keep up unless that's your only focus... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My husband and I went on the Harlem Jazz Juke Joint Tour as a part of a 4-day trip to New York for our wedding anniversary. It was absolutely my favorite part of our trip. Advertised as a 3-hour tour, we spent almost 6 hours in the company of the fabulous Ms. Amanda. Taking almost every possible form of conveyance... More 

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BigAppleGordon, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for recognizing Amanda, your tour guide, and her many charms and talents as a tour guide. She enjoys her work more than anybody and tries extra hard to make everyone feel catered to and cared for before, during and after the tour. We are so happy you enjoyed yourselves and took the time to share your experience and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We always go on two Big Apple Jazz tours every time we go to New York. Amanda is big fun and knows a lot about and really cares about Harlem. She is like your friend in Harlem who can take you to places you would not find on your own. Gordon loves Jazz and has many stories which he tells... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I took my college student nephew on a NYC trip. I really wanted him to have a cool music scene experience and the Big Apple Jazz Tour in the Village was perfect. We visited three clubs all with their own jazz style.Our tour guide Amanda knew everybody at the clubs - we were ushered in and seated - no waiting... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

A wonderful evening in Hatlem which happily stretched into the early morning under the good care of our Tour Guide Amanda. Great to be moving through different venues with like-minded people. If you like real jazz don't miss this.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Gordon's knowledge of New York Jazz history is amazing. The music and venues were wonderful! The two aspects make this a must tour!

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Address: 200 Central Park South, Suite 16J, New York City, NY 10019
Phone Number: +1 917-863-7854
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 11:59 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 11:59 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 11:59 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:59 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:59 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 11:59 pm

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