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Big Apple Jazz Tours

New York City, NY, USA
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About Big Apple Jazz Tours
Authentic Experiences to the heart of New York City! Since 1997 we have been on the front lines of the underground New York City jazz scene - taking small groups down into intimate basement joints 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 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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fswright wrote a review Jul 2020
Winthrop, Massachusetts2 contributions
This was our second booking with Big Apple Jazz Tour, after a fantastic all-night Harlem tour back in the winter. As NYC is still mostly closed for bars and live music due to the COVID-19 crisis, we were anxious that nothing would be available. But Big Apple came through with an amazing night of visiting Harlem sidewalk cocktail lounges and an outdoor jazz concert at Grant's Tomb, with all the right precautions observed. Our tour guide Gordon was energetic and informative, and incredibly well-traveled.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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rdoconn wrote a review Mar 2020
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Gordon was kind,enthusiastic and educational on our tour. On a dark, rainy, and slow music night, he was able to introduce us to all the historic and new sights. He was very open and non-judgmental and opened us up to some great music!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Lesley D wrote a review Mar 2020
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Fabulous evening - great venues and music and got a real sense of what Harlem was and is all about . Our guide Amanda made all the difference to a great evening that will long be remembered.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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jamessekab wrote a review Feb 2020
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Reasons why this tour is great: Exposure to awesome music you wouldn't find on your own. It's a great opportunity to learn about an amazing part of Manhattan in Harlem. The history and knowledge that Amanda has really adds depth to the experience. She cares about everyone on her tours and makes sure they are constantly in a good place. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see some amazing live music and you'll definitely be in for some fun surprises along the way!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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MACC2 wrote a review Feb 2020
Lakewood, Ohio56 contributions10 helpful votes
If you, like me, have heard about the Harlem jazz scene your entire life but didn’t have a clue how to go about exploring it, you have found the right place! We had so much fun checking out distinctly different sounds and venues....from a basement to a Senegalese restaurant. IT WAS AMAZING-and we could have never done it in our own with such ease and comfort. Gordon’s familiarity with the schedule, the spaces and most importantly, the musicians, made for a seamless evening of fantastic music and people that we will never forget. Every aspect of the night exceeded our expectations. GO!!!
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