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New York City Jazz Clubs

Since the inception of bebop in the 1940s, New York's jazz scene has garnered international attention. Here are the clubs in New York City that host jazz on a regular, or semi-regular basis.

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Quality service and cuisine set Jazz Standard apart from other Manhattan jazz clubs. Jazz Standard hosts top quality acts in this basement venue which offers tasty selections from Blue Smoke.

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55 Bar
$3 cover and 2 drink min. at this West Village Bar. Weeknight shows begin at 9:30 p.m. Early show Friday and Saturday are from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday late shows begin at 10 p.m.

Arthur’s Tavern
Arthur’s hosts live jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, and Dixieland jazz music every night of the week with no cover charge. There are nightly happy hour drink specials and a light continental menu available at this West Village spot.

Located on West 44th Street, Birdland offers jazz nightly, for $20-35 per set. There is a $10 food/drink minimum at the tables. Sets at 9 and 11 p.m. nightly and an early set at 5:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Blue Note
Perhaps NYC's popular jazz club, the Blue Note garners $25-$40 per person per set in their West Village location. Sets are usually at 8 and 10:30. Monday nights, sets are 1/2 price and the performers tend to be less famous, but often as good.

Blue Smoke
Barbecue restaurant above Jazz Standard offering a jazz and soul juke box.

Blue Water Grill
Upscale Union Square restaurant offering jazz in their downstairs dining area. They also have a jazz brunch on weekends.

Cleopatra’s Needle
This Upper West Side venue offers music from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. No cover, $10 minimum for food/drinks per set. Nightly jams from 2 - 4 a.m. and open mic on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Fat Cat
This West Village jazz club offers live music every night until the wee hours and also has games to play, including billiards and Scrabble.

Internet Cafe
This East Village cafe offers 2 sets nightly, as well as internet access. $5 cover, no minimum.

Jazz nightly (2 sets, 3 on weekends), including Les Paul trio on Monday nights. Cover is $25-35+ and a $10 minimum. Sunday Jazz Brunch buffet is $19.95.

Jazz Gallery
Downtown jazz art & artist showcase hosting two sets nightly at 9 and 10:30 for $10 cover.

Jazz Standard
Basement club (below Blue Smoke) featuring live jazz nightly. Cover varies, but is normally between $15-20. Sets at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. and music continues until about 1 a.m.

Jules Bistro
French bistro with jazz nightly starting at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. Also has a Sunday jazz brunch.

Knickerbocker Bar and Grill
Jazz music Wednesday through Saturday beginning 9:45 p.m.for only a $4 - $5 cover.

Euro-styled coffee house and art gallery in SoHo that has jazz nightly and on weekend afternoons. $8 food/beverage minimum.

Rue B
East Village Jazz venue with no cover.

S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil)
This Village venue features funk, Latin, jazz and world music nightly. Full menu and bar.

This West Village favorite offers 10-12 hours of jazz for just $10. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are free, you can bring your own alcohol if you like.

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
Sets at 9, 11, 12:30 at this Upper West Side Jazz club which strives to continue the traditions begun by Augie's Jazz Bar (which closed in 1998.) Happy hour deals and cover can often be applied to drink prices.

Village Vanguard
Since 1935, the Village Vanguard has been a mecca for live jazz performance in NYC. Find out about upcoming shows and the clubs history here.

Zinc Bar
This Lower East Side jazz bar features many shows with cover charges under $10. Rumored to be favored by musicians after playing their own sets elsewhere.

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