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I fIrst went on a Jazz tour with Gordon 15 years ago, had an amazing time. That was my first time... read more

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franciskarran
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Night out on Harlem Juke Joint Tour

What an awesome night we had on our recent jazz tour in Harlem. Gordon is very personable and a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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Authentic Experiences to the heart of New York City! Since 1997 we have been on the front lines of the underground New York City jazz scene - taking small groups down into intimate basement joints where live jazz still thrives in neighborhood nightclubs from Harlem to Greenwich Village. Legendary players and clubs as well. All live music and transportation costs are included in the tour price. Our jazz tours take place in Manhattan for the most part, but private tours to Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx can be arranged. Our goal is to offer the most intimate, small group tours available to Harlem and Greenwich Village neighborhood nightclubs and juke joints. We also provide insight into the Big Apple jazz scene as it has evolved over the past hundred years. Consider hiring Gordon Polatnick to take you on a private tour throughout the city during the day or night to experience the city's many intriguing neighborhoods at your pace and focusing on your interests. All ages welcome.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I fIrst went on a Jazz tour with Gordon 15 years ago, had an amazing time. That was my first time in NYC. He has a wealth of knowledge, knows his stuff and knows ‘where its at’. You don’t need to be a Jazz snob...More

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Amanda H, Big Apple Jazz Diva at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

My Dearest Frankie and Lisa, I am truly humbled by your amazing review and your email. My heart is very glad and full as I shared your review with Sam and all whom you mentioned in your missive. Gordon and I thank you for your...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What an awesome night we had on our recent jazz tour in Harlem. Gordon is very personable and a wealth of knowledge on jazz in Harlem and opened our eyes to the amazing jazz history and scene in the area. The experience exceeded our expectations!...More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We had a great little private tour! It was amazing to hang out with you guys. I really enjoyed your company and enthusiasm for the intimate, little hideaways we both dig. It was also cool that you got to make that personal connection with the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fabulous evening with Amanda. We must have been hard work - 4 people in their 60’s and 70’s with 3 from England. So not the most extrovert crowd. Yet Amanda ensured we had a great time. She is completely adorable and knows...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my parents for their anniversary and we all had such an amazing time! Amanda was a spectacular host! She was very attentive all evening and did her best to make it special for my parents - from shout outs from the jazz bands...More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

On behalf of the living legend Amanda and myself, I'd like to thank you for sharing your wonderful review. It means a lot that you appreciated the special touches that Amanda put into making this a memorable celebration, and even more heartening that you grew...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not like they oblígate to drink 2 drinks in each place in few time and few Music. It s no a good blues tour.More

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Amanda H, Big Apple Jazz Tour Diva at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear querolserra1, I am sorry that you did not enjoy your tour. We always endeavor to show the best that Harlem has to offer. The evening offered three great venues with a variety of Jazz and Blues by very talented local musicians. I am sorry...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very nice time with Amanda in The Village and also a super night in Harlem with Gordon - we vold do it again

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your kind review. Amanda and I are delighted you enjoyed both tours and endorse Big Apple Jazz Tours. We look forward to your return. Peace, Gordon

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Really great evening. Amanda brought us to the most authentic and lively Jazz places in Harlem. Great musicians, great atmosphere with the room filled with singers, including Amanda herself, and other jammers. I could even join the jam myself, playing some drums. Amanda told us...More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow. You really are our target client Pieter. We strive so hard to make all those things happen that you describe in your wonderful review of your birthday night with Amanda. If we can make your time special, that is our main goal; and being...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Amanda Humes is a great Jazz Tour Guide. She showed us authentic Harlem Jazz Joints and allowd us to enjoy fanstaic Jazz Musicians. A must tour for anybody loving Jazz. Amanda is a entertaining, heartbreaking. wonderful Lady and I wish her a lot of customers...More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Carmen. It's so cool to read your review and sensitive take on Amanda's many qualities. We hope to see you again soon. Peace, Gordon

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Gordon was a lot of fun, and the jazz was great! Got to meet the bands and club owners, too. Worth doing at least once.

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely review. We're glad you enjoyed being immersed into the jazz scene we love so much. Everyone enjoyed meeting you too. Peace, Gordon

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

It may have been cold outside but the music in the joint was hot! Amanda was fantastic. It was like hanging out with a fur wind who just happens to have the inside scoop on the jazz scene of Harlem. From the first joint Shrine...More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Philip, Amanda was thrilled to be able to show you just the right stuff to make your night special. We do pride ourselves in taking your musical requests and designing a tour that hits your sweet spot. Thanks for giving us a chance to...More

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David G
10 February 2018|
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Response from Amanda H | Property representative |
We do offer family friendly tours. Give Gordon a call and email and he will be happy to guide you. Thank you for your inquiry. Amanda! Harlem Jazz Tour Diva! Big Apple Jazz
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LarissaHerod
16 August 2017|
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Response from Gordon P | Property representative |
Yes, to clarify, our tours run every night, and in NYC great jazz is being played all over town every night in scores of little, out-of-the-way clubs. If you are looking for something specific regarding jazz styles or club... More
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Sandra O
1 May 2017|
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Response from GordonPolatnick | Property representative |
The general nightly public tours use the subway, and taxis and go into 3 clubs, some of which are down a flight of stairs with no elevator access. On the other hand, private tours can be customized to appropriate/exciting... More
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