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Big Apple Jazz Tour

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Address: New York City, NY 10019
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+1 917-863-7854
08:00 - 23:59
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 23:59
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 23:59
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Authentic Experiences to the heart of New York City! Since 1997 we have...

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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Harlem, the Mecca of jazz

A wonderful jazz tour full of great music, tasty food and a lovely ambiance. Amanda learned us a lot about the history of jazz and she took us to places in Harlem where jazz... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A wonderful jazz tour full of great music, tasty food and a lovely ambiance. Amanda learned us a lot about the history of jazz and she took us to places in Harlem where jazz started. After the historical tour we went to the last club, where we listened to some wonderful jazz. Herbie Hancock once said: "Jazz is about being... More 

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour started with Amanda Humes picking us up and taking us to Harlem where she took us to an historical site to tell us about the history of Harlem Jazz and then off we went to Minton's and then to Paris Blues. Both very different and we were able to not only listen to some amazing music, but we... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Six years ago my wife and I took the juke joints of Harlem tour. It was great so we decided to set up a private similar tour on our return visit to NYC. Gordon did another great job. We enjoy his company and expertise.

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Deventer, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great music, great food, great company! Amanda is unstoppable. Taking you from one place to other. Teaching jazz history and making you feel comfortable when you enter venues you never would have found by yourself. We got a chance to listen to fresh new talents and old school celebrities. We got to meet them and had a great time! Always... More 

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Key West, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A 5 hour + tour of Harlem and the jazz connection. Amanda joined us then we traveled together by subway to 135th street--Swing street. As we walked she pointed out all the famous former spots for local jazz, gave a history lesson on prohibition, segregation and the coming of jazz. We visited 2 venues-one a tiny, very local place wtih... More 

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Rapidan, Virginia
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing Amanda gives a Harlem jazz and history tour like no other tour you've ever been on. Wear comfortable shoes! This is a comprehensive tour with lots of walking and intros to small jazz spots you could never find on your own. If you play jazz, bring your instrument. You might get to be a part of an authentic Harlem... More 

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

This was one incredible night that I will always remember. Our guide, Amanda, was super fun,personable, and knowledgeable,. I felt like a good friend was giving us an insider's experience of jazz in Harlem. She knew well the musicians and proprietors at the two live venues, allowing me an opportunity to sit in with the band at both! I was... More 

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Amanda H, Amanda Humes, Big Apple Jazz Diva! at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this review

Dear Cheri! Wow! What a Night! I am thrilled that you had a great time on the tour. It was so great to see you, Mary Ann and Tanya, dive right into the action. Thank you for adding your talent to the tour. I have never had a guest step up and master the Hammond B3 Organ before - Great... More 

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Reviewed 2 April 2017

We took the Harlem Juke Joint Tour and it was amazing! This is a must do for anyone that loves jazz and is not afraid to go off the beaten path. The tour goes into heart of Harlem into small initimate clubs that cater to Local New Yorkers. Amanda was our hostess and her love for Harlem is infectious. We... More 

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Amanda H, Amanda Humes - Big Apple Jazz Diva ! at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this review

Dear LaTanya, Thank you so much for your kind words. I had so much fun meeting you and Christien. He is truly talented and I was so happy to hear him play with the Masters of Harlem Jazz! Thank you both for braving the wind and the rain to join the tour. I am wishing Christian great luck in his... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

The tour was great and Gordon Fantastic. I highly recommend. 3 different jazz clubs around Greenwich village . Super experience

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Look no further...book this tour!! There is not a better way to experience the jazz of Harlem. From the initial sign up, the company was easy to work with and very thorough, including a final call the day before to make sure we understood where we were meeting and to confirm our expectations. Amanda, our lively hostess, was enthusiastic, fun,... More 

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Amanda H, Harlem Jazz Diva and Tour Guide at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this review

Dear Kate, Grant and Tristan, Kate, I am truly humbled by your glowing review. Thank you so much. I had a wonderful time with you and your family. What a great night in Harlem! I did not know about BrusselSproutAppaloosa! You guys are a hoot! Gordon and I LOVE it when we meet and exceed your expectations. We truly have... More 

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