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Big Apple Jazz Tour

New York City, NY 10019
+1 917-863-7854
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Jazz is Rad

Gordon was amazing and full of great information about Jazz of all kinds! He provided a selection... read more

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago
dolen597
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Healdsburg, California
Great experiance

We had a great time with Gordon our guide. This is something we would never done by ourselves... read more

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Reviewed 13 October 2017
Sigal H
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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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 the basements and alleyways 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.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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New York City, NY 10019
Midtown
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Gordon was amazing and full of great information about Jazz of all kinds! He provided a selection of 3 clubs to experience Jazz in Harlem. I would recommend this tour, and ask for Gordon! We had fun, met new people, and listened to some terrific...More

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

You are too kind. It is really gratifying to know you had such a good time. Thanks for taking a moment to share your enthusiasm for me and the tour. It makes me feel great. You were excellent company too, and I look forward to...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017

We had a great time with Gordon our guide. This is something we would never done by ourselves. Wonderful experience.More

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

Thanks for taking the time to write something nice about your tour with us. We read every review and love knowing that we were able to offer a view of New York's nightlife that you wouldn't have done on your own. It was a real...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

Our Harlem Juke Joint Tour far surpassed our expectations. Gordon was the perfect guide. He took us to 3 very different and interesting clubs and provided great commentary and information as we went. It was a highlight of our trip.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

We enjoyed the tour but thought we would have seen a couple more venues. Thankyou for a nice night outMore

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

Thanks for sharing your review. Actually, we usually do go to three places on the Juke Joint Tour but can only guarantee that we visit two (as was the case on your particular night) because sometimes clubs that would normally be worth visiting have a...More

Reviewed 9 October 2017

What a wonderful evening. The standard of the musicians/singers was incredible. Gordon was a fantastic guide with so much information and stories to share with us. Would definitely recommend this tour.

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Gordon took 6 of us around to several jazz clubs in Harlem. All had a distinct feel with different types of music. We went to places we would have never found on our own. We did not know the area and it was invaluable to...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Myself and my husband and two friends had the amazing Amanda take us on her jazz tour of Harlem we would love to thank her for a wonderful experience. She was a ray of sunshine and fun and went above and beond in our jazz...More

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Amanda H, Amanda Humes Round Midnight with Amanda Jazz Diva at Big Apple Jazz Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Dear Jane, Sean, Cath and Stephen, Thank you for the privilege of hanging out and celebrating with you during your Round Midnight with Amanda Jazz Tour. I had a great time learning all about you. Cath and Stephen I hope you are still celebrating your...More

Reviewed 26 September 2017

If you like jazz, you cannot afford to miss this amazing tour with Amanda. It was my birthday and Amanda went out of her way to make me feel so spoilt. The band played for me, there was even cake too! This lady not only...More

Thank traciebillbeard
Reviewed 18 September 2017

I want to say thank you to Gordon for his historical knowledge about Jazz and it's artist past and present. I really enjoyed the Lincoln Center and the Latin Jazz Festival.However I was disappointing to due to the clubs we went to I wasn't expecting....More

Thank raymS2991DK
Reviewed 17 September 2017

I really enjoyed the walking tour and the jazz at the clubs we went to. It was great to be able to feel safe and relaxed even though I was a solo traveler. The guide, Gordon, was very nice and gave me a ride back...More

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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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Steve H
21 March 2017|
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Response from GordonPolatnick | Property representative |
Hello Steve- we visit 3 clubs and if you book on Thursday, there is at least one amazing Hammond organist that we could catch at a private club in Harlem. That would be the Harlem Juke Joint Tour that you will see available... More
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