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ALBANY

Justin's. 301 Lark St. Tel: 518-436-7008 [contact: Joe Palma. Nice, small restaurant having mainstream and modern jazz/blues/funk Thursday, Friday, and Sunday nights. Thursdays and Fridays are currently residencies so Fridays are the only nights available. Music is from 10:30-1:30 and pay is decent. Food and beverages aren't free for band]

BAYVILLE

RSVP. 275 Bayville Avenue. Tel: 516 624-7787 [contact: Jeff/Steve. Thursday nights only featuring. Al Cardillo on Bass and Ian Petillo on Drums with special guests performers]

 

BUFFALO

Colored Musicians Club. 145 Broadway. Tel: 1716 855 9383 Fax: 1 726 684 1009. [contact: George Scott. House of Big band and swing , created in 1917 it may well be the oldest African American owned club in the United States.Rehearsals of these bands are open to the public from 8pm to 11pm.]

 

ELMONT

Mixed Notes Cafe 333 Elmont Road. Tel: 516 328-2233 [contact: Tony. A super, one of a kind establishment that features all types of jazz. Matt Marshak Contemporary jazz group plays a monthly Thurs/Fri weekend slot]

NEWBURGH

Monk's House Of Jazz. 113 Liberty Street. POB 2861. Newburgh Tel: 845 5620564 Fax: 8455620564 [contact: Theolonious Monk, SR. Monk's House Of Jazz is the "House That Monk Built" Thelonious Sphere Monk, that is. Theolonious, the nephew of the great, jazz pianist, Thelonious has opened a jazz club in upstate New York (75 miles north of new york city). Classical and traditional jazz is the norm. Other forms of jazz are added from time to time. The club seats 40 people per set. There are two and sometimes three sets depending on the reservations. Opened in November 2000. Reservations are strongly recommended. Music charge is $15 with reservation, $20 without. $10 for students, military and public servants. Prices increase during the spring and summer. dinner is always included (vegetarian too). We are open 8:00 pm for dinner, 9:00 pm for show. we are always looking for musicians and vocalists to perform at our club. Call 845-562-0564 for more information and upcoming shows or to be added to mailing list]

NEW YORK CITY AREA

Algonquin Hotel Oak Room. 59 West 44th Street, (Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Tel: 888-304-2047 | 212-840-6800. [Famous throughout the literay world for the renowned 'Round Table' gatherings]

 

Arthur's Tavern. 57 Grove Street, Tel: 011-212-675-6879 fax: 011-212-243-1082 [contac: Reouven Barzilai. Straight ahead jazz, dixieland, classic swing, Chicago style blues, and funk. Live music nightly, no cover charge, historic jazz venue for over 55 years, light menu, open Tuesday through Saturday 6:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Sunday and Monday 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.]

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Barclay Jazz Bar. 315 West 44th Street (Between 8th / 9th Avenue) Tel: 212-581-3080

Birdland. 315 West 44th Street, between 8th and 9th Tel: (212)581-3080 [contact: Andy Kaufman. Historic venue]

Bell Caffe.310 Spring Street. Tel: 212 334 2355

Blue Note. 131 W 3d e/6th Ave. Tel: 212.475.8592
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Bitter End. 147 Bleeker Tel: 212-673-7030

Bottom Line. 14 W 4th/Mercer. Tel: 212.228.7880

Cafe' Iimani's. 148 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn. Tel: 718 574-6565 Fax: 917 692-4614 [contact: Iimani David. A warm, intimate environment that serves just the right blend of live jazz and gourmet wines. Open Thurs. thru Sat. 5pm to 12AM open Sundays 5PM to 10PM]

 

 

 

The Cajun. 129 8th Avenue (at 16th Street) Tel: 212-691-6174. [contact: Herb Maslin. Seven nights a week and on Sunday brunch, the Cajun is the finest exponent of New Orleans jazz and cuisine in New York City, featuring fiery improvised music amidst plates full of glistening oysters and shrimp etoufee. The Cajun is the only venue in New York that presents traditional music seven days a week. Even more remarkable, it does so without a cover charge.]

Cleopatra's Needle 2485 Broadwy. Tel: 212.769.6969 [contact: Maher Hussien. Medditteranean cuisine, ful bar, Open mic for singers on Sun 2-6, Live music every night,hard bop, bebop, blues. Jam Session Tues and Sunday nights, 9-2, and late night jam sessions Wed-Sat 4-1 AM]

Cornelias St Cafe. 29 Cornelia St.Tel: 212.989.9319

Dharma. 174 Orchard Street. Tel 212.780.0313 [Sun.Mon from 7:00pm.4:00am]

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Jazz at Lincoln Center. 33 W. 60th Street, 11th Floor. New York, NY 10023-7999. Tel: 212-258-9807. [contact: Scott H. Thompson Assistant Director - Public Relations. Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is designed to entertain people in the spirit that Dizzy had...very welcoming," Mr. Marsalis explains. "We just want people to have a good time. We want the musicians to feel comfortable to play. We want people to come in and have a memorable experience. This whole facility is designed for international participation. This is a hall of integration...to bring everything together."]

55 Bar.55 Christopher Street. (Seventh Ave. So. / Waverly Place). Tel: 212-929-9883

5C Jazz Cafe.68 Avenue C. (at 5th Street). Tel: 212-477-5993

Fortune Garden Pav. 209 E. 49th/3rd Ave. Tel: 212.753.0101

Garage Restaurant and Cafe. 99 Seventh Avenue South. At Christopher Street, Greenwich Village. Tel: 212-645-0600 Fax: 212-945-4768 [Club has been open about 7 or 8 years, mainly straight-ahead, often with vocalists. Food is moderately priced and excellent with a lot of variety. Raw bar. No cover jazz 7 nights and weekend brunches]

IMAC. 370 New York Ave. Huntington. NY 11743. Tel: 631 549-9666. Fax: 631 549-9423 [contact: Michael Rothbard. An intimate theatre with great accoutics and every seat has an excellent view IMAC present world class talent in all forms of jazz,blues,folk and world musics. concerts occur on the weekends and the program runs year round.]

Iridium Jazz Club 1650 Broadway (at 51st St.) Tel: 212.582.2121

Jazz at Noon. Cafe' St. Bart's. 50th Street & Park Avenue. Tel: 212-832-0888 [contact: Les Lieber and Bob Litwak. Jazz at Noon in it's 37th year. We play classic jazz of the 40's 50's and 60's featuring the original famous artists of that time still active today. We play every Friday at 12 o'clock Noon for two hours in an intimate atmosphere where the public can meet famous artists. There is food and drink available for a modest price. This is our 36th year of uninterupted performances]

Kitano Hotel Bar Lounge. 66 Park Avenue (corner of 38th Street) Tel: 212-885-7000. Fax: 212-885-7100. [contact: Hans C. Basse. The Kitano New York, New Yorks first and only Japanese-owned hotel and situated in the historic Murray Hill section of Manhattan, features weekly Jazz performances featuring some of the Jazz worlds legendary musicians.
The Kitano New York is undeniably the soothing sounds of Jazz music. Every Wednesday through Friday the hotels Bar Lounge comes alive with the melodious rhythms of Jazz music offering two sets at 8 P.M. and 9:45 P.M. The Kitano New York offers a unique venue for some of New York Citys top jazz entertainers. While the Kitano blends East and West seamlessly within its walls, it also brings together the finest classical and contemporary Japanese and American Jazz artists to the Murray Hill neighborhood. The Kitano is dedicated to providing the best in Jazz music, showcasing performers from around the world representing different styles of Jazz. In addition to the Bar Lounge, the hotel offers several dining options such as the Garden Cafe and the Hakubai, a traditional Japanese restaurant.]

Louis 649. 649 East 9th Street. Tel: 212-673-1190. [contact: Zachary Sharaga. Louis 649 is the reincarnation of Louis, formerly owned by Andrew Rumpler. The new owner is native New Yorker, 21 year-old Zachary Sharaga. The nightly live music at 9pm, the extensive beer, wine, and scotch list]

The Jazz Standard. 116 East 27 Street. Tel: 212.576.2232 Fax: 212.576.2561 [contact: James Polsky. New straight ahead club in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, The Jazz Standard is the only NY jazz club/restaurant to receive 2 stars from The New York Times. Currently open Tuesday . Saturday with sets at 8PM, 10PM and Midnight on weekends. The more formal restaurant 27 Standard is on street level and The Jazz Standard is one flight down]

 

 

Kavehaz Jazz Club. 37 W 26th. Street. Tel: 212.343.0612 Fax: 212.343.0613. [contact: Hila Yaacobi. Kavehaz has jazz every night of the week.]

The Jazz. Club Address:375 Kosciuszko Street, entrance at 179 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11221. Mailing Adress: 111 Livingston Street, suite 1110, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Brooklyn, NY. New York. 11201 USA. Tel: 718 453 7825 Fax: 718 643 9143 [contact: Lillithe E. Meyers/Tiecha D. Merritt. The Jazz is an intimate jazz cafe, which is alcohol and smoke free, located in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. The club features live Jazz every Friday and Saturday nights 9pm-1am, and a Monday night jam session 8pm-12 midnight. Light finger foods are available, as well as coffees and teas. The motto is "Jazz and Coffee Please." There is also an array of non-alcohol beverages to choose from. The club has exposed brick walls, a fire place and great acoustics. Newsday made the club their hot spot back in March during the Clubs "Lady got Chops" festival]

The Jazz Gallery. 290 Hudson Street. Tel: 212-242-1063 Fax: 212-627-2807 [contact: Dale Fitzgerald. The Jazz Gallery is a not-for-profit jazz cultural center that has recently begun to feature a number of thematic performance series. Additionally, the Gallery has a history of mounting both fine art and historical exhibitions on a variety of jazz themes and of tieing literary/ poetry/musical performances to these exhibitions]

Knitting Factory. . 74 Leonard St. NY 10013 Tel:212.219.3006 [One of the premier venues for live jazz and the promotion of jazz]
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Knickerbocker's. 33 University Place/9th. Tel: 212.228.4890

Louis. 649 E. 9th St. (corner of Ave. C) Tel: 212-673-1190 [contact: Andrew Rumpler. Nice, cozy bar named after Louis Armstrong, nostalgic jazz decor. Beer, good wine selection and appetizers like brie, olives, antipasta plates. Trios tend to be diverse and cover all genres of jazz except avant/free. Open Tues-Sun 7pm. No live jazz Fri or Sat]

M. K. Nightclub. 204 5th Av/25th st. Tel:

Pumpkins. 1448 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn. Tel: 718 284 9086 [contact: Bill Rutherford. Pumpkins is a great jazz club with no cover, live music every night of the week, and a free juke box. Sidemen who play with top performers frequently come here to jam. All sorts of people sit in. The room has a warm sound, and the place is friendly and comfortable]

Sistas' Place. 456 Nostrand Avenue. (enter on Jefferson Ave) Brooklyn. Tel: (718) 398-1766 Fax: (718) 623-1855 [contact: Amadi Ajamu. Intimate Jazz Club, Coffee House. In the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn. A place where artists "feel at home" and express themselves and their art in profound ways. At Sistas' Place our motto is "Culture is a Weapon". Featuring Saturday Night Jazz two sets 9pm & 10:30pm. First & Third Sunday "Jazzoetry" and many special events]

92ND.ST.Y 1395 Lexington Avenue. Tel: 212.996.1100

Smoke. 2751 Broadway. Tel: (212) 864 6662 [contact: Paul Stache and Frank Christopher. Formerly Augie's, Smoke is a small but comfortable Jazz club. With carpeted floor and sofas for seats, the atmosphere in the club is very intimate and comparable to watching a band play in your own living room. Smoke has live music seven days a week. They serve drinks but no food (you can bring your own food). The club usually opens at 5pm and music usually starts at 9pm]

SOB's. 204 Varick St/Houston Tel: 212.243.4940

Smalls 183 West 10th. Street. Tel: 212.929.7565 [Trad to modern. nightly jam session that goes from 2am . 8am. Best of all the cover is only $10 which include snacks and non.alcoholic drinks]

 
Small' Jazz Club - Grant Stewart

 

St. Nicks Pub. 773 West 149 Street & St. Nicholas Ave. Tel: 212-283-9728 [contact: Earl Spain. Monday Nite Jam Session's Tuesday Open mic. Wednesday Live music. Thursday Jam Sesson. Friday Bill Saxton]

Sweet Rhythm. 88 7th Avenue South, Manhattan. Tel: 1 212 255 36 26 [contact: James Browne. Sweet Rhythm's location, 88 Seventh Avenue South is long associated with great music. From circa 1975 until April 2001, the site was the home of Sweet Basil, a world class jazz club which presented some of the most renowned names in jazz over its quarter century tenure. Major talents such as Art Blakey, Doc Cheatham, David Murray, Olu Dara, Art Farmer, Joe Williams, Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett and countless others graced the stage and presented night after glorious night of captivating, engaging sounds. Now, housed in the space once occupied by Sweet Basil, Sweet Rhythm features both live and recorded, traditional, contemporary and hybrid music from all over the planet including jazz, blues, salsa, rai, reggae, merengue, samba, high life, flamenco and many other styles. The sounds are complimented by a menu featuring delectable meat, fish, fowl dishes, as well as vegetarian and salad items from French / American cuisine. The club also features a well-stocked bar with inventive drink offerings, a modern yet comfortable decor and an emphasis on warm, efficient service resulting in a friendly relaxed ambience. Musicians like John Hicks, Buster Williams, Billy Drummond, Billy Hart, Lenny White, Mulgrew Miller, Regina Carter, Claudia Acuna perform at Sweet Rhythm every day of the week. Bands take stage at 8pm and 10pm with midnight shows on Friday and Saturday. Cover charges range from $10 to $25, dress is your option (we do suggest clothing).]

Tavern on the Green. Central Pk/W 67th St. 212.873.3200

The Bottom Line. 15 West 'th. Street. Tel: 212.228.6300

The Fez(Under Time Cafe) 380 Lafayette Street. Tel: 212.533.7000

The 5 Spot. 4 West 31st Street. Tel: 212.631.0100

Tonic. 107 Norfolk Street (between Delancey and Rivington) Tel: (212)358.7503 [Open 8:00am.12:00am, Sat .Sun 10:00am.12:00am]

Up Over Jazz Cafe. 351 Flatbush Ave,Brooklyn. Tel:718.398.5413 [contact: Robert Myers. The club is an intimate music friendly (quite please) Jazz Room. Open Monday Thru Saturday. No Food, Please Bring. Beverages Served. Mon-Wednesday's - Jam Sessions Thursday's - Live Piano Trio Jazz. 15 Minutes From Manhattan - 2, 3, Q Or B Trains]

Village Vanguard. 178 7th Ave. So./11th st. Tel: 212.255.4037 [Sunday . Thursday 9:30 and 11:30, Friday and Saturday 9:30, 11:30, and 1:30]

Zinc Bar. 90 West Houston Street. Tel: 212.421.8337

ROCHESTER

Montage Grille and Music. 50 Chestnut St. Tel: 585-232-8380. [contact: Andrea Burke. The Montage Grille is a full service restaurant that also presents the finest national and regional live entertainment in a variety of genres including Jazz, Folk, Blues, Americana, Bluegrass. We enjoy an excellent reputation with the public and the pressand are also one of the featured venues of the Rochester International Jazz Festival.]

 

SARATOGA

One Caroline St. Jazz and Blues Bistro. 1 Caroline St. Tel: 518-587-2026 [contact: Dianne and David Pedinotti. Fine dining, eclectic menu, excellent wine list. Family owned and operated, enjoy gourmet food in an intimate atmosphere, surrounded by black and white photos of jazz greats. Music 6-11 p.m. nightly. Dinner reservations recommended]