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Big Apple Jazz Tour

200 Central Park South, Suite 16J, New York City, NY 10019
718 606-8442
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Ranked #48 of 482 activities in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Owner description: Big Apple Jazz Tours offer weekly juke joint crawls through Greenwich Village or Harlem's nightlife. We visit 2 or 3 live jazz spots each night of the... more » Owner description: Big Apple Jazz Tours offer weekly juke joint crawls through Greenwich Village or Harlem's 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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North Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

In Jan of 2013 I took 11 students to NYC for a 24 hour whirlwind Big Apple Jazz Tour. I loved it and the kids loved it. Gordon was well aware of what would be educational AND excite the kids (and the chaperones as well!). We did quite a bit in 24 hours, and so did it again in Jan... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We joined Gordon on his Harlem Juke Joint Tour in Oct 2012 and it was so worthwhile! Gordon was a brilliant host: personable, interesting and he struck a good balance between sharing great insights through-out the evening and leaving us to kick back and savour the experience. I felt lucky that we had a couple of seriously musical folk in... More

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Shirley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We reserved a tour with Gordon this weekend - the Sunday tour, his best one! We were the only 2 people to sign up for this tour, and Gordon usually needs 6, but he took pity on us and gave us the tour anyway!! He did not bring his minivan, which was practical since there were only 2 of us,... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We had a truly memorable private tour of Harlem jazz venues with our excellent guide, Gordon. As a family of musicians/jazz lovers, we especially enjoyed being taken off the beaten track to venues which tourists to NYC would never ordinarily find. Gordon's knowledge of jazz and NYC is immense, and he is a relaxed and engaging guide. We were warmly... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Our expectations were well exceeded on this tour. Gordon is truly a jazz lover and happily shares his knowledge. His facts and stories were appreciated by all of us, including the jazz rookies. We would never had found the musical or cultural highlights of that evening on our own! /The Halvordsson family

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We really enjoyed Gordon's tour of Harlem. He guided us to venues we would never have found ourselves, was relaxed, informative and very good company. An expert in the history and culture of New York jazz and also a clever leader of our group. The tour included easy walking from place to place, stopping to see and hear about places... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

No trip to NYC is complete without a night out with Gordon. We have did the Harlem trip in 2012 and the Greenwich Village jazz tour this year. They were wonderful. Gordon is a terrific guide to the neighborhoods, the clubs and the musicians not to mention a really nice guy to hang out with. We strongly recommend taking a... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Though the Big Apple Jazz Tour was highly touted by a friend, I had to see for myself. Not only was the jazz great and Gordon facilitative, with his passionate love of the music obvious from the start. But also there was a warm, genuinely welcoming atmosphere in all three of the places we went. One shouldn't neglect mentioning the... More

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Melbourne, australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We just got back from the tour and to be honest found it a little disappointing - maybe Gordon was having a bad day. We met him at 6.30 but the other guests on the tour were late so didn't leave till 6.50pm. Gordon chatted on the subway but little about jazz in NY. The first bar we went too... More

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

I can certainly understand Oscarcat's frustration with the tour having not met their expectations. Rather than argue the points raised, I would like to assure other guests on future Big Apple Jazz Tours that I and my staff are motivated by a very high standard of customer satisfaction. If we miss the mark on occasion in meeting or beating our... More

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

What a terrific night! Our knowledgeable guide Gordon accompanied us on the train up to Harlem. He explained the history of jazz in Harlem and took us to three authentic clubs to hear smokin' hot live music. Great way to spend an evening! There were 11 total people on the tour and it was fun to meet everybody. I would... More

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