Jazz in New York: NYC's best jazz music, jazz artists and clubs

Find jazz clubs, events, and jazz fests featuring the best jazz artists and the best jazz in New York.

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New York City has always claimed bragging rights as the jazz capitol of the world, but in recent years, New York jazz has surged in a special way. Thriving indie labels (Pi, Aum Fidelity), new festivals and series targeted at young listeners (Winter Jazzfest, OutNow Music Nights) and the continued vitality of old standbys (from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center to the Stone) have combined to restore the music's status from respectably classy to genuinely hip.

Best jazz shows in New York City

Steve Coleman and Five Elements

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  1. The Stone Ave C, at 2nd St
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Sep 28
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Coltrane Revisited

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  1. Birdland 315 W 44th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Sep 20
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Mark Turner Quartet

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  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Sep 21
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Andy Bey

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  1. Pangea 178 Second Ave, between 11th and 12th Sts, 10003
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 20
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Smalls

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For those looking for an authentic jazz club experience—rather than the cheesy dinner-club vibe that prevails at too many other spots around town—Smalls is a must. The cozy basement space feels

  1. 183 W 10th St, (between Seventh Ave South and W 4th St)
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Jazz Standard

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Renovation was just what the doctor ordered for the jazz den below restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke barbecue joint. Now the room’s marvelous sound matches its already splendid sight lines.

  1. 116 E 27th St, (between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave)
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Village Vanguard

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After 75 years, this basement club’s stage—a small but mighty step-up—still hosts the crème de la crème of mainstream jazz talent (Joe Lovano, Barry Harris, Lou Donaldson). Plenty of history

  1. 178 Seventh Ave South, (at 11th St)
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Blue Note

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The Blue Note prides itself on being "the jazz capital of the world." Bona fide musical titans (Cecil Taylor, Charlie Haden) rub against hot young talents (the Bad Plus), while the close-set tables

  1. 131 W 3rd St, (at Sixth Ave)
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Jon Batiste & Stay Human bring the best of jazz to Webster Hall on 4/19. Don't miss out!

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