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Big Apple Jazz Tour

New York City, NY 10019
+1 917-863-7854
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A one of a kind experience

In a few hours we learnt about jazz and experienced it in completely different venues listening to... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
grarod
most interesting

Amanda is the best tour guide for Harlem Jazz Tour in NY hands down. She is authentic, fun and does... read more

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Reviewed 2 days 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 2 days ago

In a few hours we learnt about jazz and experienced it in completely different venues listening to a variety of artists. In one evening we did with Gordon what we would have never been able to do on our own

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Amanda is the best tour guide for Harlem Jazz Tour in NY hands down. She is authentic, fun and does her absolute best to provide you with the most fun and interesting tour.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Harlem Jazz Tour - Guide was excellent - genuinely attached to the music industry in the area. However, we were disappointed with two of the three offerings - only one qualified as the jazz we were hoping to hear. Gordon explained to us that there...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your honest appraisal of the evening's offerings. It wasn't a great night for jazz and we were stuck with the only musical offerings available on that particular night. You are certainly welcome back as my guests on your next New York trip and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I really enjoyed the tour. Gordon did a great job showing off 3 different spots with a variety of jazz styles, taking us around the neighborhood and showing off historic spots.

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It was so great meeting you guys. I'm happy that we passed the test. There's nothing harder than impressing fellow New Yorkers! I hope to see you around the clubs again soon. Peace, Gordon

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great experience with Amanda and the tour. We hit three great venues. Amanda knew the folks at all the stops and we were treated like royalty. Amanda's good attitude and fun spirit made this a great evening and the fact that she lives...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the wonderful review! There's no place like Harlem, and no better way to really get to know Harlem than with Amanda. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Peace, Gordon

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

New to both Jazz and New York and travelling alone I decided to book myself on this tour to experience the New York Jazz scene! Gordon, the guide was personable, hugely knowledgeable and entertaining. It was wonderful to be around someone who really wanted to...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It was a delight getting to know you and showing you the scene. I'm glad you shared your tastes with me so I could "call an audible" and get you to a club where the music was in better alignment with your tastes. This is...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We - my wife and me had a tour with Amanda Humes during the evening until the night in Harlem. We made a walking tour seeing the important spots mainly related to music and jazz in Harlem. Amanda have a lot of friends in Harlem...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow. It is incredibly gratifying to read your words. I know I'm speaking for Amanda as well when I say we are humbled to know that this tour provided one of the great moments of your lives. We strive for that every night and love...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you don't know a local in NYC, Amanda will set you right. she hosted the Jazz tour juke joints of Harlem tour with energy, fun and humor. the girl knows all the places to catch great music, or sing a song at a jam.,...More

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Gordon P, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your fabulous review. We do take pride in showing you the hidden jazz haunts and introducing you all around so you can feel a part of the scene. It sounds like you had a great time with Amanda and all the uptown cats....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gordon picked us up at a little bar called 55 Bar in Greenwich and the fun started there. I was so thrilled that my granddaughter (15) could accompany us. We went to 3 Jazz Clubs, each a very different vibe but all absolutely amazing. Gordon...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday was our first day in NY with my wife and my son (a jazz fan). We are from Chile. We went to the Village with Amanda, and we have a memorable experience. Not only for her network (she walk in to places knowing many...More

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Sandra O
Hi there! Does anyone know if this place is wheelchair accessible? Thanks!:)
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
I like straight-ahead jazz but prefer contemporary, jazz-fusion, latin jazz, some smooth jazz and jazz with B3 organ. Do you tour clubs that cover this music? I'll be in NYC from Apr 3 through 10. Do you recommend a particular night?
21 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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glasswestbrook
How much is it and how do I book
11 May 2015|
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Response from GordonPolatnick | Property representative |
$99 can be paid by clicking "website" on our TripAdvisor page.
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