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Big Apple Jazz Tour

New York City, NY 10019
+1 917-863-7854
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Great night, great guide, great music

Our guide Amanda was brilliant, funny, entertaining, interesting and very knowledgeable. We loved... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
JoPPattaya
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Mandurah, Australia
Awesome Night

We travel to NYC often for work and decided to try something different. What a treat this was! We... read more

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Reviewed 17 December 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 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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“paris blues” (20 reviews)
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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
Midtown
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

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 4 weeks ago

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

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
GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

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

Thank hmhm2017
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Gordon took us to 3 clubs, amazing ones! And during all night he was introducing us to Harlem and the Jazz History linked to Harlem.

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Any tourist can book a headliner at one of the premier New York Jazz clubs, and we have and do. But to efficiently enjoy two or three different Harlem or Greenwich Village clubs and acts on any given night you need local knowledge. And that...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

This was by far the most exciting tour I had in New York! You go back in time when Duke Ellington played in the Cotton Club: black entertainment for a white audience, 3 shows a night. The circumstances for the musicians were difficult and it...More

Thank Remco V
Reviewed 11 November 2017

We were in NY for the marathon and found time to do the tour 'Round Midnight with Amanda. loved the visit to Mintons and despite been a bit hard to get in and seated due to its popular blues lad King Solomon Hicks, we got...More

Thank Kara S
Reviewed 7 November 2017

I loved Amanda"s tour of Harlem so much 2 years ago, I brought another group of friends from Texas to share in my love of all that is Jazz and Amanda. Twice is not enough! I'm organizing another group to join me to revisit this...More

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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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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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