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.
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Best jazz clubs in New York City: The city's top venues
Everyone knows that NYC is the best jazz town in the world. Here we present our roundup of the top jazz clubs in New York City, touching on hallowed landmarks, swanky newcomers, cutting-edge outer-borough spots, no-frills insider-friendly joints and more. RECOMMENDED: All coverage of jazz in New York We round up the best jazz clubs in New York City, including old standbys and cutting-edge favorites. Best jazz clubs in NYC Village Vanguard 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 has been made here: John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Bill Evans have grooved in this hallowed hall. The 16-piece Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has been the Monday-night regular for more than 30 years. Doors open at 8pm. Birdland The flagship venue for midtown’s jazz resurgence, Birdland takes its place among the neon lights of Times Square seriously. That means it’s a haven for great jazz musicians (Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling) as well as performers like John Pizzarelli and Aaron Neville. The club is also notable for its roster of bands-in-residence. Sundays belong to the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Jazz Standard 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. The jazz is of the groovy, hard-swinging variety
The five best bargain-priced jazz options
Experience top-quality NYC jazz on the cheap, with our list of some of the best deals in town. Visiting a jazz club in New York can be an expensive proposition. We've all had the experience of enduring a steep cover charge or minimum at a classy club in order to catch a marquee name. Here we present a list of some of the city's best jazz deals, for those nights when you can't afford to break the bank. RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of jazz in New York Cornelia Street Café Many a well-known bandleader has come to this West Village basement to work out new ideas in front of a small, intensely focused audience. Cover is typically $20, which thankfully includes your first drink. 55 Bar This comfortable prewar Christopher Street basement features music seven nights a week, ranging from hard-driving postbop to slick fusion grooves. Early sets at 6 or 7pm are free; late sets typically run you $10 to $15. Smalls You might encounter legendary old-timers or freshly arrived aspirants at this cozy hang; on the best nights you might even find them working together. It’s always $20 to get in, and every night but Friday and Saturday your first drink is covered by that charge too. The Stone If you’ve got a taste for adventure and a hole in your pocket, head east—way east—to the Stone, John Zorn’s no-frills musical laboratory in Alphabet City. For just $10 a night (and sometimes even less), you can tap into the latest developments from the city’s storied downtown avant-garde scene. No drinks
The five classiest jazz venues in town
Check out our list of Gotham's most elegant jazz clubs, perfect for impressing visitors or your next date. Jazz is currently thriving in all corners of our fair city, in every incarnation you could think of. And while always rewarding to check out a cutting-edge artist in a hip outer-borough space, sometimes you just want a classier, more traditional jazz-club experience. Not to worry: Just like with the artists themselves, TONY has you covered when it comes to venues. RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of jazz in New York Village Vanguard 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 has been made here: John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Bill Evans have grooved in this hallowed hall. The 16-piece Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has been the Monday-night regular for more than 30 years. Doors open at 8pm. Blue Note 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 in the club get patrons rubbing up against each other. The Late Night Groove series and the Sunday brunches are the best bargain bets. Jazz Standard Jazz Standard offers guests a wide variety of world class jazz complemented by Blue Smoke barbecue in an intimate room with great sightlines and sound. Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (at Frederick P. Rose
The five best spots to discover new jazz talent
Get ready for a sonic adventure, as you peruse our list of the best NYC jazz clubs showcasing cutting-edge artists. Sometimes you're looking for that classic NYC jazz-club experience, the kind you'll find at old standbys such as Village Vanguard. On other nights, though, you're feeling a little adventurous, interested in catching a promising unknown rather than a time-tested veteran. Whenever the latter mood strikes, try out one of these top incubators of up-and-coming jazz talent. RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of jazz in New York ShapeShifter Lab Jazz bassist Matthew Garrison's slick Gowanus performance space hosts nightly performances of live experimental music. During the day, the joint provides state-of-the-art rehearsal, recording and exhibition space to the neighborhood's artists. Smalls 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 like a speakeasy, or more specifically, one of those hole-in-the-wall NYC jazz haunts of yore over which fans routinely obsess. Best of all, the booking skews retro, yet not stubbornly so: You'll hear classic hardbop as well as more adventurous, contemporary-flavored approaches. The Jazz Gallery This beloved haunt, one of the city's premier incubators for progressive-jazz talent, has relocated from its former Soho digs to a gallery-like space near the Flatiron Building. Cornelia Street Café This 30-