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Big Apple Jazz Tour

New York City, NY 10019
+1 917-863-7854
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Jazz Tour with Gordon

I want to say thank you to Gordon for his historical knowledge about Jazz and it's artist past and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
raymS2991DK
Harlem Jazz Tour Review

I really enjoyed the walking tour and the jazz at the clubs we went to. It was great to be able to... read more

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Reviewed 1 week 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: 08:00 - 23:59
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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New York City, NY 10019
Midtown
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+1 917-863-7854

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I want to say thank you to Gordon for his historical knowledge about Jazz and it's artist past and present. I really enjoyed the Lincoln Center and the Latin Jazz Festival.However I was disappointing to due to the clubs we went to I wasn't expecting....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed the walking tour and the jazz at the clubs we went to. It was great to be able to feel safe and relaxed even though I was a solo traveler. The guide, Gordon, was very nice and gave me a ride back...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked the tour on my own, and not much in advance, nevertheless Big Cat Gordon was very accommodating and extremely helpful. The tour started with some delay due to two brothers arriving late. Gordon tried to make it up by switching subway transport to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jazz tour review Disappointed not worth the money I booked this based on trip advisor reviews hoping for a fun evening of Jazz in Greenwich village. Gordon was friendly enough but the tour was something of a shambles. It started off ok where he has...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I appreciate the criticism and will certainly learn from this experience. This tour certainly didn't go as planned this Labor Day weekend. Typically, Sunday is a great night for Trad jazz in the oldest jazz club in the city, but indeed, the band didn't show...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best time of my life in a long time. The information of Harlem and the jazz era was awesome. Amanda made the tour fun and exciting. I'm planning now for next year!!

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your glowing review. We appreciate that you took the time to write and let others know about Amanda and the Harlem tour. See you next time.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great night out. Amanda is a larger than life character, full of fun, but also very knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed the clubs and the music - Patience Higgins and Soloman Hicks were incredible.

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's wonderful to read your words. Thank you for joining and acknowledging the wonderful Amanda and the great musicians who made such a deep impression.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was one of the best things we did in NYC. Our guide, Amanda, was a warm and generous person with a lovely personality. She did her homework on us and made sure the whole tour had personal touches to make it was special. What...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I can't thank you enough for taking the time to put in words the hard work and inexhaustible good nature of Amanda. She is a gem (and a great singer too)! We sincerely appreciate your public recognition of her talents and professionalism.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

What an awesome night. Great insight to Harlem and the history of jazz with the dynamic caring Amanda. Where flat shoes and prepare for a late night!!

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're delighted you had such a good experience in Harlem with Amanda and took the time to share your thoughts. Thank you for spreading the word.

Reviewed 9 August 2017

After having visited New York a few times earlier we wanted to do something different this time. Something that we could not do ourselves. And boy this was really a great night. The mix of history, nice places, new blocks, good music and that feeling...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's great that you decided to go off the beaten path with Big Apple Jazz and were treated to a special night that sounds fantastic. Amanda has it all and always delivers! Thank you for thinking to share your appreciation of her efforts in making...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

I HIGHLY recommend this tour!! It is unique and Amanda the tour guide is a wonderful, warm person who is so passionate about jazz and the history of Harlem. Wear flat shoes and enjoy a really special evening of authentic jazz life and feel the...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the high praise and recognition of Amanda. We're grateful you took the time to share your wonderful impressions and gratified that you had such a good time and feel so enthusiastic about the tour. We look forward to hosting you again.

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LarissaHerod
16 August 2017|
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Response from Fernando1955 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, i,un your place, do the Harlem tour un saturday and definitively the greenwich tour in monday because It is the day of the jazz band Fernando
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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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Steve H
22 March 2017|
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Response from GordonPolatnick | Property representative |
Hello Steve- we visit 3 clubs and if you book on Thursday, there is at least one amazing Hammond organist that we could catch at a private club in Harlem. That would be the Harlem Juke Joint Tour that you will see available... More
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