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Big Apple Jazz Tours

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New York City, NY 10019
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Harlem Tour With Amanda

I loved every minute of it! Amanda is Great, I can't thank her enough. Everyone who loves jazz... read more

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Reviewed July 22, 2017
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We had such a great time with excellent jazz music and wonderful guides - a must do when in New... read more

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Reviewed July 11, 2017
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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 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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New York City, NY 10019
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Reviewed July 22, 2017

I loved every minute of it! Amanda is Great, I can't thank her enough. Everyone who loves jazz music should do this tour once in their life.

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Reviewed July 11, 2017

We had such a great time with excellent jazz music and wonderful guides - a must do when in New York. Thank you!

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

Everything we hoped for. It was a thrill hearing outstanding jazz, Eating good food, and exploring Harlem as it is today. The tour was filled with many unexpected surprises and we were welcomed by many outstanding musicians. A memorable evening. Looking forward to returning very...More

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Reviewed July 8, 2017

Amanda is the best tour guide I've ever had! My 16 year old daughter and I went on the Harlem Juke Joint Tour and had an absolute blast. Amanda took amazingly good care of us and taught us a ton about Harlem, the jazz scene...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

You are fantastic for writing such wonderful things. Amanda and I always try to give 100% and we're delighted when we receive feedback like this. It's amazing how our musician friends in the jazz scene took Gabriela under their wings to share their encouragement and...More

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Reviewed July 8, 2017

What a great night in Harlem! This is not a history tour, this is an immersive experience in modern Harlem, where the past and present mix together through music. You will sit back, have a drink, and soak in the energy of people simply doing...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Wow. I love your writing style. You summed it up so well! We do want people to feel immersed in a scene that may seem impenetrable from the outside - even for locals. The clubs we choose and the musicians we select to hear are...More

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Reviewed July 5, 2017

This was our fourth tour with Big Apple Jazz Tours, and I am looking forward to the next one. Gordon was our guide and provided a thoroughly enjoyable and informative visit to Harlem and especially some of the premier jazz venues. He selected excellent music...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

I can't thank you enough for your faith and support and such kind words. I appreciate that you keep coming back for more finding value in what we do - even as such an astute jazz fan yourself. It's always a welcome challenge when you...More

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Reviewed July 3, 2017

Amanda Hughes is an outstanding tour guide. She provides history of note about Harlem during the tour, extremely well-versed and knowledgeable. I cannot imagine the tour without her. Her choice of jazz clubs was outstanding. She knows the background of the jazz clubs as well...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

On behalf of Amanda and myself - we can't thank you enough for such high praise and kind words. When we read that your Big Apple Jazz Tour "was the highlight of [your] New York experience," we are deeply humbled and know we're on the...More

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Reviewed June 29, 2017

It was my second tour Amanda Humes on her Harlem Juke Joint Tour - and it was absolutely fantastic again. Thank you much, Amanda!More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Amanda could not stop talking about what a great musical experience you two had in New York. I know she put a lot of effort into finding just the right settings for your specialized interests in playing, rehearsing and learning from the masters. Thanks for...More

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Reviewed June 26, 2017

In a few hours we learnt about jazz and experienced it in completely different venues listening to a variety of artists. In one evening we did with Gordon what we would have never been able to do on our ownMore

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Thanks so much for sharing your review, and putting our mission statement so succinctly. We definitely want you to come away with that feeling that New York has lots of different jazz musicians and spots - that the variety of musical opportunity is limitless and...More

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Reviewed June 26, 2017

Amanda is the best tour guide for Harlem Jazz Tour in NY hands down. She is authentic, fun and does her absolute best to provide you with the most fun and interesting tour.

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David G
February 9, 2018|
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Response from Amanda H | Property representative |
We do offer family friendly tours. Give Gordon a call and email and he will be happy to guide you. Thank you for your inquiry. Amanda! Harlem Jazz Tour Diva! Big Apple Jazz
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LarissaHerod
August 15, 2017|
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Response from Gordon P | Property representative |
Yes, to clarify, our tours run every night, and in NYC great jazz is being played all over town every night in scores of little, out-of-the-way clubs. If you are looking for something specific regarding jazz styles or club... More
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Sandra O
April 30, 2017|
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Response from GordonPolatnick | Property representative |
The general nightly public tours use the subway, and taxis and go into 3 clubs, some of which are down a flight of stairs with no elevator access. On the other hand, private tours can be customized to appropriate/exciting... More
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