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Big Apple Jazz Tour

Address: 200 Central Park South, Suite 16J, New York City, NY 10019
Phone Number: +1 718-606-8442
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Ranked #63 of 798 Activities in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I had a great time with Gordan and the fellow tour-goers on our trip to The West Village. I learnt not only about the music, but the changes in culture and history that the scene helped along. It was good to see 3 different styles, all which I enjoyed a lot. Was able to meet and talk to a couple... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Gordon took us on a great trip through the Jazz clubs in Harlem. He knows the scene well and we were welcomed wherever we went. We got yo see some excellent musicians in out of the way clubs that we wouldn't otherwise been able to go to

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Gordon leads a truly solid tour of the W. Village Jazz scene that covers not only the music, but also explores a variety of venues and music styles all the while providing insight and history to his attendees. The tour is relaxed and fun and even as an NYC resident I was introduced to a number of new spots and... More

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Gordon is the real deal!! We went to 3 diff places - each better than the next - great music and musicians showing up creating impromptu jam sessions that absolutely rocked - combined with Gordon's knowledge and access made the evening very very special - can't wait to doit again!

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

You are the man, CoopDaddy. Happy 50th Birthday. So glad I got to celebrate it with you. It was amazing how the each band seemed to surpass the excitement level of the previous club's band. What a night. See you again soon. Peace, Gordon More

Bere Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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