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Big Apple Jazz Tour

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Address: New York City, NY 10019
Phone Number: +1 917-863-7854
9:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 11:59 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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. 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 during the day or night to experience the city's many intriguing neighborhoods at your pace and focusing on your interests.

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Do you love music? Do you love Jazz? Don't hesitate, do it!

What a great night! I signed up to explore some music venues and perhaps listen to a legend.. I got that and so much more. We even ended up at a private party in the Bronx and it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great night! I signed up to explore some music venues and perhaps listen to a legend.. I got that and so much more. We even ended up at a private party in the Bronx and it rocked! I left feeling blown away and made some great friends. Amanda was the hostess with the mostess! Unforgettable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This was an amazing tour! You get to explore Harlem like you're a local. Everyone was super sweet and friendly and the music was AMAZING. Amanda is a blast and really knows her stuff. She's also a great singer! Thank you Amanda for the wonderful evening and sharing all your great knowledge on jazz and blues! Hugs from the Colombian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I travel all over the world but my favorite places, hands down, are the tours Gordon takes me on. He is the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic jazz buff I've ever known. Why, you might ask do I keep going again and again? It's because every time there is a new agenda, a new discovery or a new insight. Gordon just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful way to see Harlem. Amanda, was very friendly and gave a fun and interesting tour. The music was fabulous and it was really good to learn about the neighborhood and it's history. We even got to see Dee Dee Bridgewater at Minton's (jazz bar).

Thank Daniela307
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic music, super friendly musicians and club owners, great places in Harlem that you couldn't find on your own (even if you were a NYer probably), and la loca Amanda - one of kind in more ways than one!

Thank TRWblues
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took Gordon's tour on a Sunday evening and enjoyed experiencing the Harlem jazz scene in a variety of venues. There was a sax combo in a neighborhood bar, classic jazz with vocals at posher Mintons, and Hammond organ featured at an American Legion club. Gordon's enthusiasm for jazz and familiarity with the neighborhood is unsurpassed. He knows history, local performers... More 

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Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Planned a private Jazz Tour of Harlem with Amanda. The tour was a gift to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. He loves music of all kinds and we were visiting from Colombia, so wanted to plan a unique experience. It was perfect! We got a bit of the history of jazz in Harlem and Harlem itself and visited several great places... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

This was our second time on this tour. The first time we had Gordon as our guide. This time Amanda showed us around and took us to three venues. She is so much fun--we had an excellent time because of her friendly, ebullient personality and the selection of music and clubs. A couple of those clubs are not well known,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Leave your tuxedo and inhibitions at home - just be ready to enjoy a relaxed, but full, tour of a few hidden gems in Harlem. If you explore with Amanda, so much the better. Recommended.

3 Thank acraigm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This tour was a great way to experience life as a local for a night and enjoy amazing music along the way! Thoroughly enjoyed every second. Gordon is knowledgable and passionate about music, and really picked some cool haunts for us to spend some time in. The people we met were incredibly kind, welcoming and friendly. What a great way... More 

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