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Big Apple Jazz Tour

New York City, NY 10019
+1 917-863-7854
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Wonderful Night With Amanda

We enjoyed very much the jazz tour with Amanda. She is really good, we visited nice places hearing... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago
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New York, Jazz and Amanda

The highlight of my last visit to New York on February 3rd 2018 was the Big Apple Jazz Tour with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 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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Hours Today: 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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New York City, NY 10019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed very much the jazz tour with Amanda. She is really good, we visited nice places hearing amazing music with owonderful players

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The highlight of my last visit to New York on February 3rd 2018 was the Big Apple Jazz Tour with the mayor of Harlem Amanda. She knows everyone and makes sure you know everyone she knows by the time you finish. Her energy and knowledge...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OMG! this tour was so fantastic! We are locals and it was a thrill being able to see the city through different eyes for the first time in a long time. New York City has so much history embedded in it's buildings and streets and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great tour ! I ordered the Harlem Juke point tour for my boyfriend's birthday . We got Amanda as a guide and I asked her to make it fastive for his birthday . Amanda made it perfectly ! The singers dedicated a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the Harlem jazz joints tour on a Sunday night with guide Amanda. Amanda is the tour. Great personality and blessed with a real love and in-depth knowledge of the area and the music, she makes the tour quite special. Harlem is today a...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

Our guide Amanda was brilliant, funny, entertaining, interesting and very knowledgeable. We loved the three venues we visited. We loved the music and seeing and meeting the musicians and singers. We loved seeing Harlem up close. We would totally recommend this tour to jazz lovers...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

We travel to NYC often for work and decided to try something different. What a treat this was! We love jazz but have difficulty knowing what venue to go to and we never even thought to go to Harlem. Gordon was super knowledgeable about the...More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2017

It was great meeting you and taking you around on the Harlem tour. Our tours are geared toward people who like to explore off-the-beaten-path places - so even New Yorkers or frequent visitors like yourselves will feel like they've discovered something they never imagined existed...More

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Reviewed 13 December 2017

Didn't run smoothly and my daughter felt VERY uncomfortable with the district (Harlem). The first venue was a community hall with no atmosphere the second a tiny bar in Harlem and not very friendly (DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY, VERY OVERPRICED).More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2017

We are so sorry you didn't enjoy the tour. Creating a fresh itinerary every night to zero in on special performances in special venues is what we do on the Harlem Juke Joint Tour. Part of our mission is to dig deep into the scene...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

I took my husband on the Harlem Jazz Tour as a surprise birthday present and we had a fabulous time! Gordon was incredibly knowledgable about the history of jazz in NYC. We went to two clubs the first of which being on the fancier side...More

1  Thank emilymeley
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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2017

Thanks for the fine review. You guys were so great to hang out with - really positive, loving souls. If you would like to come back and do another evening together and have me show you lots of clubs in one night, I have two...More

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

With friends from school, I was on the Harlem jazz spot tour guided by our nice guide, Gordon. He was really friendly and considerate and spoke slowly for us, non-native-speakers of English. Although I am not so familiar with jazz, I could see the depth...More

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David G
10 February 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
16 August 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
1 May 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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