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Big Apple Jazz Tour

New York City, NY 10019
+1 917-863-7854
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Big Apple Jazz lead group in Harlem

Our tour with Gordon was fabulous and included a jazz recital at Marjorie Elliot's apartment. We... read more

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Reviewed 6 November 2017
Jill D
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Toronto, Canada
Bluegrass too!

a good evening of fairly modern jazz in 2 dives in Greenwich village followed by a really great... read more

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Reviewed 28 October 2017
815dasl
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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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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)
“juke joints” (9 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
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Our tour with Gordon was fabulous and included a jazz recital at Marjorie Elliot's apartment. We have used Gordon 4 times for our tour groups from Canada and he is always a favourite!

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

a good evening of fairly modern jazz in 2 dives in Greenwich village followed by a really great session of bluegrass jamming from New York's finest pickers and fiddlers -not true jazz but very entertaining.More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thanks for your kind review and for mentioning our flexibility. I was as excited as you were when you said you loved bluegrass and we got to change the pace and enjoy a New York folk tradition that has been going on for decades -...More

Reviewed 17 October 2017

An evening Jazz tour with Amanda was such a fun night! Got to check out venues that I wouldn't have known about otherwise and get some really interesting history about Jazz and Harlem.

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

It's so nice of you to share your experience with Amanda, and write such a kind and enthusiastic review. Peace, Gordon

Reviewed 16 October 2017

Gordon is a pleasant and personable chap who clearly enjoys what he does. As we progressed from our meeting point in Midtown to our first stop in Harlem he gave us a good rundown on the history of the jazz scene in New York and...More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thanks, Chris, for your fine review of the Harlem Juke Joint Tour. It was a real pleasure meeting such a nice and gregarious fellow as yourself. You kept a smile on your face that spread to everyone in the group and helped to loosen everyone...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017

Gordon was amazing and full of great information about Jazz of all kinds! He provided a selection of 3 clubs to experience Jazz in Harlem. I would recommend this tour, and ask for Gordon! We had fun, met new people, and listened to some terrific...More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

You are too kind. It is really gratifying to know you had such a good time. Thanks for taking a moment to share your enthusiasm for me and the tour. It makes me feel great. You were excellent company too, and I look forward to...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017

We had a great time with Gordon our guide. This is something we would never done by ourselves. Wonderful experience.More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thanks for taking the time to write something nice about your tour with us. We read every review and love knowing that we were able to offer a view of New York's nightlife that you wouldn't have done on your own. It was a real...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017

Our Harlem Juke Joint Tour far surpassed our expectations. Gordon was the perfect guide. He took us to 3 very different and interesting clubs and provided great commentary and information as we went. It was a highlight of our trip.

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

We enjoyed the tour but thought we would have seen a couple more venues. Thankyou for a nice night outMore

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thanks for sharing your review. Actually, we usually do go to three places on the Juke Joint Tour but can only guarantee that we visit two (as was the case on your particular night) because sometimes clubs that would normally be worth visiting have a...More

Reviewed 10 October 2017

What a wonderful evening. The standard of the musicians/singers was incredible. Gordon was a fantastic guide with so much information and stories to share with us. Would definitely recommend this tour.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Gordon took 6 of us around to several jazz clubs in Harlem. All had a distinct feel with different types of music. We went to places we would have never found on our own. We did not know the area and it was invaluable to...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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