Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge

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Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge
Upper West Side

Owners Paul Stache and Frank Christopher have created a jewel of a jazz joint. On weekends, folks line up around the block to hear a set by one of jazz’s remaining big names, and they are well rewarded: Low-lit chandeliers, comfy sofas, plush carpeting and unobstructed sight lines make it seem like the greats are playing in your living room. Early in the week, evenings are themed: On Sunday, it’s Latin jazz; Tuesday, organ jazz; Wednesday, funk. On weekends, internationally renowned jazz locals (George Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Cedar Walton) hit the stage, relishing opportunities to play informal gigs in their own backyard.

Venue name: Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge
Contact:
Address: 2751 Broadway
New York

Cross street: between 105th and 106th Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 2pm–3am; Sat, Sun 11:30am–3am
Transport: Subway: 1 to 103rd St
Price: Average drink: $6. Disc, MC, V

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