New York City Jazz Clubs

Known for its endless varieties of entertainment and arts, New York City is certainly not lacking for jazz. Jazz originated in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. It started with a trio of musicians--a violin or trumpet carried the melody, while a trombone and clarinet provided counter melodies and rhythm. A banjo, guitar, or piano is often added to bring more melody and rhythm to the music. Jazz involves interpretation and improvisation, making it especially exciting and enjoyable for a live show.

In the artsy Greenwich Village, Bar 55 was established in 1919, making it a dive bar treasure from prohibition days. Every night, musicians entertain with sets combining jazz, blues and funk to give Bar 55 a truly distinct character. Early shows starting at 7 p.m. are free but require a one-drink minimum. Late shows start at 9:30 or 10 p.m., and a $5 or $10 cover charge provides entrance to see more well-known artists. The small, intimate basement location, low drink prices and absence of food add to the unassuming atmosphere and help make Bar 55 a place to enjoy the vibrancy and beauty of the music.
Bar 55
55 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 929-9883

Open since 1981, the Blue Note is arguably one of the most popular jazz clubs in the world. Six nights a week, world-renowned artists grace the stage while patrons eat and drink in the delicious food and music. Table reservations for dinner cost $25 to $40. To sit at the bar, the cover ranges from $10 to $30. Monday nights are half-price and feature up-and-coming talent. Late-night jam sessions happen each Friday, when the cover charge is $5. For a Sunday afternoon jazz fix, enjoy brunch and music. The Blue Note also has locations in Milan, Italy; Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan.
The Blue Note
131 W. Third St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-8592

Open since 1937, Arthur's Tavern in the West Village provides some of the best jazz and blues in New York. Arthur's is internationally recognized and attracts local and international patrons for live jazz every night of the week. There is never a cover charge. Musicians play an early set at 7 p.m. and a late set starting at 11 p.m. On Monday nights a Dixieland jazz band that has been playing at Arthur's for 35 years takes the stage. Arthur's is available for private parties.
Arthur's Tavern
35 Grove St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-6879

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