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      Discounts available for groups of ten or more.
      This month's
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    Tour #1 -- Discovering Harlem Jazz
    Tour #2 -- Greenwich Village Classic
    --new
    Tour #3 -- Village Sunday Jazz Brunch and Harlem Recital
    Tour #4 -- Hidden Jazz Haunts
    Tour #5 -- Private Customized Tour
    Tour #6 -- Exclusive Jazz Recital in private Harlem townhouse
    Tour #7 -- The All Nighter
    --new
    Tour #8 -- You Jam Sessions
    --new
    Mondays -- Monday night Harlem Jam Session
    Sundays -- Harlem Jazz Brunch in Luxury Brownstone --new
    Groups of 10 or more please call for discounted rates
    Consultations -- available for the do-it-yourselfers who seek advice.
    Terms and Conditions -- Payment options, cancellation policy, refunds.
    Gift Certificates -- For the jazz aficionado in your life.

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Regina Carter at Birdland --by Violaine LenoirThis is a unique opportunity for seasoned fans and for the curious.  New York City is the undisputed world capital of jazz.  The New York music scene offers the world's top players in several clubs seven nights a week.  N Y jazz fans are treated to an assortment of outstanding choices nightly: From the upscale Village venues such as Blue Note, to the vintage Harlem night clubs such as Lenox Lounge.  You can experience the excitement of catching many performances around town in a single night -- often finding top players at after-hours jam sessions till 4:00 AM or later if you know where to go.  Our service provides the guides and solves your transportation needs -- from individuals to large groups.  Our expert consultants can also advise you where to go and how to get there if you're on a tight budget. 

We provide just the right touch for

  • Corporate Incentive Groups
  • Bachelor Parties
  • Birthday Outings
  • School Groups
  • Family Reunions
  • New York Optionals


 

Freddy NelsonTour # 1 -- Discovering Harlem Jazz -- $60.00 ea. -- reservations required
4 hours
  • Tour begins at a convenient midtown Manhattan location at 9:30 P.M.
  • Transportation is provided to and from one of several swinging Harlem night spots.
  • One drink (and possibly soul food appetizers) included.
  • Tour ends back in midtown Manhattan at 1:30.

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Stanley TurrentineTour # 2 -- Greenwich Village Classic -- $100.00 ea. -- reservations required
5 hours
  • Tour begins at 8:00 PM from a convenient midtown Manhattan location.
  • Transportation to and from clubs.
  • Includes one set of music featuring world renown jazz artists at a top club  (e.g. Blue Note, Village Vanguard). 
  • Followed by a set at a lesser known jazz venue (e.g. Detour, Smoke, Smalls, Garage, Louis, Jules, Knickerbocker).
  • Includes one drink of your choice.

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    Email: Gordon@BigAppleJazz.com

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Marjorie ElliotTour # 3 -- Village Jazz Brunch and Harlem Recital -- $100.00 ea. -- reservations required
5 hours
  • Tour begins Sundays at 1:30 PM from a convenient midtown Manhattan location.
  • Transportation provided to Greenwich Village for an included Jazz brunch, then...
  • Jazz History tour up through Harlem.
  • Enjoy the warmth of a living room recital of Harlem's' best players and vocalists.

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Vitty GoryTour #4 -- Hidden Jazz Haunts -- $100.00 ea. -- reservations required
5 hours
  • Tour begins at 9:30 PM from a convenient midtown Manhattan location.
  • Transportation included to all clubs and back to midtown Manhattan.
  • Entry into all clubs (we generally visit 2 or 3 hot spots depending on the night and who's playing).
  • Two drinks with our compliments.
  • Jazz History tour throughout evening.

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Bill Saxton TrioTour # 5 -- Private Customized Tour -- $50.00/hour + all entry fees -- reservations required
4 hour minimum
  • Tour begins at your leisure from anywhere in Manhattan.
  • With our assistance, you choose the clubs and artists you want to check out.
  • You may choose to include special soul food (or other) dinner at start of tour.
  • You choose the mode of transportation: Limo, Van, Walking, Subway, Cab, or Bus (Transportation at your expense).
  • Tour lasts as long as you like (with a 4 hour minimum).
  • Personable and knowledgeable guide to show you the ropes and share the jazz history of New York.
  • Full assistance in budgeting and planning your tour for optimal value.
  • This is a great value for large parties.

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Parlour EntertainmentTour # 6 -- Exclusive Jazz Recital in private Harlem townhouse -- $60 ea.
4 hour

This is an extraordinary opportunity to go where few New Yorkers have even had the chance to visit.   This tour is organized with large groups in mind -- ( 25 - 50 people ).

  • Tour begins at your leisure from anywhere in Manhattan.
  • Transportation provided to and from concert.
  • A gourmet soul food meal is also included
  • Two drinks with our compliments.

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Seleno ClarkeTour # 7 -- The All Nighter -- $200 ea.   4 person minimum.
8 hours

--Not for the faint of heart!
--This tour takes in the best jazz the city has to offer all night long on any given night.
--Add $50/ea. if you want to add dinner to the tour.  (Tour with dinner is 10 hours long).
--*For Limo add $600 (for up to 9 people).

  • Tour begins at your leisure from anywhere in Manhattan.
  • Taxi or Limo* transportation provided throughout the evening.
  • Ticket to at least one Classic New York Jazz club (Village Vanguard, Birdland, Iridium, Blue Note etc.)
  • Entrance to at least three other hidden jazz haunts included from the Village to Harlem.
  • 4 drinks with our compliments.
  • Escorted by a licensed NYC jazz tour guide.

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St. Nick's Pub Jam SessionTour # 8 -- You Jam Sessions -- $75 ea.   3 person minimum.
4 hours

--Make your dreams come true: Bring your ax and get on stage with the greats.
--Recent jam sessions have included Roy Hargrove, Russell Malone, Eric Lewis, Joe Farnsworth...

  • Tour begins at 9:30 pm in midtown Manhattan.
  • Transportation provided throughout the evening.
  • A chance to play at two or three uptown jam sessions.
  • 1 drink with our compliments.
  • Escorted by licensed NYC jazz tour guide.

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Consultation Fees

Some people prefer to hit the streets on their own.  We applaud that spirit and would like to offer our assistance.  As far as we know, there is no other service set up to help the New York visitor with unbiased advice on where to go and how to get there.  Let us help you maximize your New York City jazz adventure by providing the current information that no guide book or website could ever hope to provide.

The Consultation Process Step by Step:
1-  E-mail us with your desired tour dates in New York City.
2- Let us know if you are interested in a particular style of jazz, or not.
3-  Feel free to ask any initial questions.
4-  We will set up a meeting at a cafe or your hotel lobby for the consultation, or email  you with the results of our research.
5-  This usually lasts an hour and is payable by cash, Visa or MasterCard.

  • Consultation fee is only $50.00/hr. with a one hour minimum.
  • There is no charge for any  preliminary information provided via e-mail.
  • Complete Satisfaction Guaranteed or no charge.

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MONDAY NIGHT HARLEM JAM SESSION

Pat Tandy and Brad LealiJoin us in Harlem for the best jam session in the city.  This is the one that attracts everyone from sax man, James Carter and trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis; to tap man, Savion Glover.  Stevie Wonder and his daughter, Aisha, showed up and played.  You may catch a Broadway star stopping off to share a song on their way home.   For $50 per person, you're covered for two sets of music, and one complimentary drink from the bar.  If you are a musician or a singer, you will get a chance to solo with Harlem's top players. Transportation to and from club will be arranged for your convenience, but is not included.  Call (212) 304-8186 to make reservations.   Groups or individuals welcome.  Tour begins at 9:00, and you're home by 1:00.  For more details email: Gordon Polatnick

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SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH
IN HARLEM BROWNSTONE

Join us in Harlem for this exclusive Sunday Jazz Brunch which is available nowhere else but our restored private townhouse.  Imagine enjoying the rhapsodic vocals of International jazz sensation, Jeffery Smith, while sampling the exquisite dishes prepared by our award winning chef, all in the luxury of a turn of the century Harlem Brownstone.  The price which includes transportation, entertainment, and a three course brunch with champagne mimosa is $75.  Two seatings: 12:00 and 2:00PM. 

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Hi Gordon,

    How did my 16 year old son Matt and I end up in Tompkins Square Park at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival?!  What a way to start off our tour! Matt was so thrilled to listen to one of the best musicians in the land - Joe Lovano.  It was fitting that Charlie Parker's residence was right across the street from the park.

    We didn't think it could get any better than listening to Joe Lovano wailing on the sax, but it sure did get better.   Now we were off to Harlem and our journey was complimented by your interesting stories - like the "Great Day in Harlem Picture," and the "Tree of Hope."

    Gordon, check out the video I took, as we approach the Apollo Theater and by former President Clinton's office building.  We are getting closer to the hidden jewel of Harlem - The American Legion Post # 398.  I apologize for the lighting problem inside the legion - but you would have to agree that the people inside lit up our spirits with their warm, friendly neighborhood style.

   Gee, they really knew how to have a great time! Matt and I commented that the Legion was so "unspoiled" by tourists, and Matt even suggested that we do not mention the name of this particular Legion in case you decide to share this note with the general public.

   The front row seat was the place to be as Seleno Clarke hammered that Hammond B3 Organ accompanied by an excellent guitarist and an outstanding drummer. In a short time Seleno was talking to Matt and introducing Matt to the patrons who all seemed to know one another.

   It was a dream come true for Matt as he ably played his sax with the outstanding musicians assembled. He will never forget  his many solos and especially the extremely warm reception.

   Matt and I are basically small town kind of people, but everyone was so supportive: a gentleman named Doc was helping me find an electrical outlet to recharge my battery, a lady name El was predicting a fine musical career for Matt and Nate Lucas, the organist, was inviting us to the Lenox Lounge for a birthday celebration for his 91 year old father (his dad at one time played with Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole).

    Later in the evening I was tempted to chow down on some delicious soul food.  MMM -good! Matt passed on the soul food and he later told me he was busy  chatting with the lone female member of the Legion and with the Commander of the Legion.

    Gordon, thank you so much!

    Call it serendipity or what - it all started when I invited Matt to accompany me to the Tennis Teachers' Conference in New York City. Realizing that Matt's true love is music, I figured that I would check the internet to find one jazz establishment to visit.  Well, I found your web site and you know the rest of the story...

Gordon, Matt would like to express his feelings:

    Hi Gordon,
    Just recently I was watching the video from our jazz tour in New York. As much as I was annoyed by my dad's video documentation on the tour, I now appreciate it! I have great memories captured on tape that will last forever. As you know, I love jazz. Charlie Parker is one of my all-time favorite jazz musicians. You can imagine how excited I was listening to jazz giant, Joe Lovano, play "Bird's" music at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.   

The highlight of the tour for me, however, was sitting in on sax at the jam session in Harlem. Now, I've seen some big name jazz groups such as the Count Basie Orchestra and Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Noveau Band. I never would have thought that hearing jazz at a small club in Harlem would rank as one of the best musical experiences in my life!

The music was incredible and the people were friendly and supportive. The American legion Post had an authentic jazz atmosphere. It was jazz at its purest form.  Thank you so much, Gordon, for an amazing time in New York.
                       
Sincerely,

Matt  Kane
Auburn, MA

Jim Kane
Auburn, MA

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To whom it may concern:  

My friends and I were lucky enough to find Gordon on the internet and arrange a personally guided tour of New York's best jazz establishments. With no prior contact with Gordon I must say in total honesty that Gordon proved to be so thoroughly knowledgeable of jazz locales and players that he could attune the tour to our personal tastes and experience with jazz.   
   
His caring, professional, and at the same time friendly guidance made the tour the hit of our week-end in New York. His experience has made him the essence of a tour guide. He makes you feel thoroughly at home in New York and in the various clubs and has followed up that evening by answering many follow-up requests for information as a matter of genuine courtesy.  
   
No to be too lengthy, Gordon is truly a "find". He can make New York jazz come alive for the newcomer or aficionado. This sounds like a paid commercial. I can assure you it is totally spontaneous and the result of his outstanding work as a tour guide. The others in our group of Philadelphia doctors, lawyers and professors thoroughly subscribe to the above.  

Jack Dobbyn
Philadelphia, PA

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Gordon,
Hey! from North Carolina. Thanks so much for the taste of Big Apple jazz last week. Showman's was authentic Harlem, and we were so close to the stage at Smoke that the trombonist nearly hit me each time he moved his instrument!

I recommend that others get in touch with you if they want a relaxed -- even personal -- encounter with the late-night jazz scene. The evening was casual yet professional. It's not so much a tour as it is a chance to hang out with an enthusiastic jazz buddy. That, I suspect, is a unique offering.

Much success with introducing others to the joys of New York and NYC jazz.

Regards,
Phillip Daquila
Durham, NC


Gordon,

When we describe our visit to New York the evening with you is always a highlight. I did a lot of research but I never would have found the places you took us to. Thank you again for your help. I think you might want to rethink your prices though. It was beyond a bargain. I don't see how anyone could afford NOT to use your services.

Thanks,
Sharon Verrall
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

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Dear Gordon, 

My husband and I would like to thank you for the experience we went through with you. That jazz tour we took with you in New York was an amazing adventure.  Those places we visited, the whole atmosphere in them, the people performing, the environment... everything was tops. And we thought we had seen jazz before!! We were completely mistaken.  

Again we have to thank you for your company because that was also part of the whole experience. The way you know the places, how much you know about jazz, and the people who are part of the hidden jazz scene in New York.  These places we went to, we would have never been able to find them on our own, there is no way we would have seen these places without you. 

We want everybody to know that this tour is a must.  A must-do, a must-see, a must-experience. Donít miss it.  A really unforgettable treasure.  Thank you, Gordon. Thank you very much. 

Adrian Stoppelman 
Graciela Rodriguez 
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Dear Gordon, 

I just wanted to follow up and thank you so much for the wonderful experience David and I had with you on the Harlem Jazz Tour recently.    We had a fabulous time that night.  The memories are strong, clear and very happy.  I have told a number of people about you and will continue to do so.  I think the service you provide is unique and very good.  I recall testimonials on your web site from former clients, let us know if we can be of any help in providing you with testimonials or other promotions. 

Best to you and thank you again for a great time.

Sarah Richardson
Iowa City, Iowa


Dear Gordon,

Thank you so much for guiding me to that fantastic Monday Night Harlem Jam.  Without your help I could have never been exposed to such a wonderful true jazz experience like that in my life. I now know what is the real jazz , the music and the atmosphere.

Hopefully seeing you again.

Sincerely,
 
Osamu,
From far away country,
Chiba, Japan.


Dear Gordon

Your tailor-made tour of jazz clubs was the indisputable highlight of our visit to New York.
I can think of no better way to get acquainted with the New York jazz scene. 

Regards from your Dutch connection, 

Kees Broekhof 
Trombonist and jazz enthusiast, 
Oegstgeest,
The Netherlands

 

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