blues/jazz clubs in NYC

May 7th, 2010, 01:55 PM
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blues/jazz clubs in NYC

any suggestions on blues/jazz clubs in NYC would be appreciated
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May 7th, 2010, 02:14 PM
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Time Out New York lists the jazz and blues clubs.

Of course, it depends on what you like and who is playing that night.
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May 7th, 2010, 03:24 PM
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Pretty thorough list of jazz clubs
http://www.bigapplejazz.com/nycjazzclubs.html
Birdland, Dizzy's Coca Cola (nice views too) and Iridium are in midtown. Jazz Standard, Village Vanguard are famous. So is the Blue Note but only go there if you HAVE to see whoever's playing. It's pricey and uncomfortable.

There are a few restaurants that have jazz with no cover:
the Garage, Jules Bistro, North Square, Cafe Loup, Philippe Marie. Check websites for days and times.

I'm less familiar with blues places. Terra Blues and BB Kings are well known.
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May 7th, 2010, 03:33 PM
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althought the music isn;t always the est, the Garage in the West Village has music every night, a good wine/beer/drink selection and serves dinner at the bar and at tables. It's very comfortable and a great place to hang out with locals.

jazz Standard IMHO has the best music lineup but staff are snooty and prices are higher than they should be; shows tend to be shorter than at other similarly priced venues.
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May 8th, 2010, 07:58 AM
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checked the sites and really liked Cafe loup---reviews seem a little better,inclding food.Do they play music every nite--the site says sundays??
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May 8th, 2010, 08:06 AM
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um...cafe loup is a bistro wit music sunday nights and for brunch. it\'s not a music club.
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May 8th, 2010, 08:31 AM
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Agree with mztery. You never asked about food. Let's start again with what exactly are you looking for? Most jazz clubs don't have good food but a few do. What night of the week is this for (if specific) and does it have to be for meal too?
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May 8th, 2010, 09:25 AM
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Jazz Standard has good barbecue from the restaurant upstairs, Blue Smoke, seven days a week.
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May 8th, 2010, 10:16 AM
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sorry--its a sat night in July---one of the folks coming with us is a big blues fan--looking for a spot with decent food/service, not too crowded (tables) and not too loud--we'll be eating early--thanks
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May 8th, 2010, 11:20 AM
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I don't know what you call eating early, but most clubs with live music have set times for the music and the first show is usually at 7:30 or 8 pm. Have a look at BB King's and see who's playing on your date. They're more likely to have blues. Not too loud and decent food/service really suggests to me though that you pick a restaurant to have dinner and then maybe head to a club later for music. Rarely do they all come together.
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May 8th, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Agree that eating early doesn;t mix with blues or jazz. Places with music very rarely have anything before 8 pm. Agree to go someplace else - with probably better food - for an early dinner then to a club later. I would check times for Sat night to see if any of the places even have music as early as 8 - usually things are later than that esp on weekends.
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May 9th, 2010, 03:58 AM
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Terra Blues says they open doors at 7. I don't think they even serve food. http://www.terrablues.com/index2.html There are dozens of good restaurants within a 10 min. walk. John's pizzeria which is famous is down the street. The Garage and Knickerbocker Bar & Grill are jazz places with decent food (Knickerbocker is known for their steaks).
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May 9th, 2010, 07:33 AM
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I wouldnt miss the Village Vanguard whatever your requirements for food or blues are. We went to an 8:00 show, but sat in for both sets had a late dinner aferward. A great evening. It is unique and the acoustics are the best of any jazz club I have been to. Quirky, but perfect.
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May 9th, 2010, 10:37 AM
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thanks--good suggestion--eat early and then go to a club--will do--thanks
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May 9th, 2010, 11:11 AM
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One GREAT Jazz spot not on this post and it is well known and been around a LONG time is up in my area St. Nick's Pub. On St. Nicholas and 148th St. Take the A train, to 145th and take the 147th St exit and walk the block. Inexpensive and GREAT JAZZ.
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