Recommendations for jazz venues in NYC?

Old Oct 27th, 2009, 07:49 AM
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Recommendations for jazz venues in NYC?

I'll be in NY on November 7, and my wife and I are thinking of going out for music rather than a show. I see that Spyrogyra is at the Blue Note, and Steve Gadd is at The Iridium, both of which I would like to see.

I've never been to either place - both have table reservations ($35 for Blue Note, $25 for Iridium). Can anyone tell me if the table set-up at either one is any better than the other?

Also, if you might recommend any other less known (to an out-of-towner like me, that is) venues or acts, I'd really appreciate it.
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Old Oct 27th, 2009, 10:18 AM
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This is a pretty comprehensive list, with links to many club's websites: http://www.ny.com/clubs/jazz/

For me, the Village Vanguard is the classic NYC jazz club; they have the Lou Donaldson Quartet on your date. http://villagevanguard.com/

Also check Jazz At Lincoln Center: http://www.jalc.org/ I personally love Brazilian music, so this sounds great to me: http://jalc.org/dccc/details09.asp?EventID=2118
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From a recommendation on Fodor's, we went to Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center. http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/dccc/index09.asp

It has the most beautiful view of Central Park. The atmosphere is gracious and sophisticated.
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Old Oct 27th, 2009, 11:33 AM
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Lesli & Kailani- those are great suggestions, thanks. I think the Brazilian band mentioned by Lesli is playing at Dizzy's that night.
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If anybody you want to hear is playing at the Iridium, it is an intimate and funky room where we spent a delightful evening on a recent visit to New York. The late, great Les Paul played there on Monday nights until shortly before his death.
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The Blue Note is probably the most uncomfortable jazz club in NYC. They squeeze you in like sardines and despite having a reservation, you still have to stand on line outside before the show and seating if first come first serve. I only go there if there's someone I HAVE to see. Dizzy's is probably the most attractive jazz club in NYC. Birdland has a Django Reinhardt festival. If you like big bands, recommend going to Birdland on a Fri. from 5-7 to hear theirs.
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Old Oct 28th, 2009, 03:34 AM
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Great info, thanks so much to mclaurie & happy. That's exactly what I was wondering about the Blue Note. I'd like to see Spyrogyra, but they do usually play once a year or so in Annapolis, so maybe I'll wait until they appear down here.
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