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Big Apple Jazz Tours

New York City, NY, USA
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About Big Apple Jazz Tours
We have resumed booking tours now & forever! Specializing in Harlem Jazz tours since 1997 we have been on the front lines of the underground New York City jazz scene for 25 years - taking small groups down into intimate basement joints where live jazz still thrives in neighborhood nightclubs from Harlem to Greenwich Village. All live music and transportation costs are included in the public 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. All ages welcome.
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Steve D wrote a review Jul 2022
Markham, Canada5 contributions2 helpful votes
Gordon took us to memorable locations, with a history lesson and bios of virtually every musician we saw. He was well known by all and very organized. A “must do” tour that we will do again! Tip: if given the chance, do the soul food. Patrick’s Ox Tail and Jerk Chicken was amazing
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Date of experience: July 2022
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L M wrote a review Jul 2022
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I booked this tour several months ago, as a surprise for my daughter’s 21st bday. She LOVES jazz and based on other reviews and a conversation I had with Gordon, when calling to inquire, I was very excited about our evening together. Sadly, my daughter awoke with a low grade fever and the symptoms of strep throat, so I contacted Amanda (our tour guide) to cancel our plans. A few hours later, she rang our door and dropped by to give my daughter a beautiful gift and to wish her a speedy recovery! Amanda is an absolute delight and sweetheart! She made my daughter feel extraordinarily special and loved on her birthday. Gordon and Amanda were so gracious about our having to cancel and we can’t wait to make a return trip to NYC so that we can actually go on one of their tours! Thank you again, Amanda and Gordon!! Brava and we can’t wait for the encore!❤️🎶🌟
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Tami Y wrote a review Jul 2022
Ein Shemer, Israel58 contributions21 helpful votes
Beutiful jaz, soul and blues tour in Harlem. Authentic local hidden places /clubs that i would probably won’t find by my own. Recommending Gordon as a guide. Saw Oprah Winfrey stepping out from a gala evening at the Apollo…..
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Date of experience: June 2022
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David F wrote a review Jul 2022
Brooklyn, New York40 contributions9 helpful votes
As someone who was born and raised in New York and has been fortunate enough to experience a wide range of the greatness that New York has to offer, this was my favorite New York experience yet. Amanda is ELECTRIC. She has boundless energy, will make you laugh nonstop, is incredibly knowledgeable, and she puts her heart and soul into what she does night in and night out. Amanda's passion for Harlem and jazz music is palpable - she is woven into the fabric of Harlem, both present and past, and she immerses you in the culture with her. After Amanda showed us some landmarks in Harlem and explained the rich history of music and culture through the years, we went to Patrick's Place for jazz. The musicians with the Phil Young experience were of world class talent - the music was fantastic and they were incredibly friendly and gracious. I took my dad for his 70th birthday and we will be talking about this one for many many years. Amanda made my dad feel like a king and we will never forget it. She went to great lengths to ensure my dad felt special on his birthday and she knocked it out of the park....she even sang happy birthday to him with the band and made a custom curated kit of drinks and candies! It was completely unexpected! I'll tell anyone about this experience who wants to listen...it is so worth it. If you're considering this, don't think about it again...just book it. You won't regret it.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Patrick F wrote a review Jul 2022
Crystal River, Florida8 contributions2 helpful votes
We took a private jazz tour with Gordon and had a great time! Gordon created an evening schedule based on our prior communication and he gave us an amazing evening of three jazz clubs, three full sets by a variety of incredible jazz artists, and some interesting jazz history along the way. Gordon is experienced and knows everything about the jazz scene in NYC. On top of this, he is genuinely a great guy who fit right in hanging out with my family! Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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