A History of Jazz


Jazz Clubs - New York

315 West 44th Street
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 581-3080

Birdland is a historic New York City jazz club that has been graced by the musical talents of many celebrated jazz musicians of the past. Since 1949, these performers have included Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis (see the famous jazz poster Miles Davis at Birdland), John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Erroll Garner, and many others. Birdland has an extensive menu and offers jazz enthusiasts two performances per night.

Blue Note
131 West 3rd Street
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 475-8592

The Blue Note has been home to some of the most popular musical artists of the 20th century. Tony Bennett, George Benson, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Oscar Peterson, David Sanborn, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, and Dizzy Gillespie have all graced the Blue Note stage on numerous occasions. This club provides its customers with great jazz and fine dining all within a cozy, cabaret-like atmosphere.

22751 Broadway
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 864-6662

Smoke is a relatively new jazz club in the New York music scene. Established in 1999, the club was bought and renamed after the closing of Augie’s jazz bar. The owners’ main goal was to preserve the music and the history behind New York’s jazz scene. Smoke is regarded as one of the most intimate and elegant jazz clubs in the city with its plush carpeting, gothic couch style seating, candle sconces, red brick walls, candle-lit mahogany cocktail tables, antique chandeliers, and red velvet curtains.

Village Vanguard
178 7th Avenue South
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 255-4037

Established in 1935, the Village Vanguard has been labeled as “the Carnegie Hall of jazz clubs.” Throughout its 60 years of service, the musical talents of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, and Thelonius Monk have graced the Village Vanguard stage. Today, the club’s intimate setting has been preserved and remains one of New York City’s favorite jazz spots.