The Best Jazz Clubs in the City – Part 1

New York City is historically regarded as one of the best cultural hubs in the world and is home to hundreds of legendary jazz clubs that have seen the likes of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker and countless others who revolutionized the genre. While these legends are not with us any longer the clubs they tore up in their early days are still located all over our city.


Jazz music in New York is some of the finest in the world, everyone knows that. But with hundreds of live-music venues within the city, how do you pick where to go next? We’ve rounded up some of the best jazz clubs in NYC. From Manhattan to Greenwich Village to Brooklyn, we have included the swanky newcomers, no-fuss customer-friendly joints. OurBus takes a look at the top Jazz venues in NYC.


Fat Cat Jazz Club

Fat Cat Jazz Club is the venue to hear the future jazz stars. You’ll often find its late-night jam sessions inundated with Juilliard students, all of whom start popping in post 9 pm. This club offers a wide variety of entertainment along with billiards and ping pong. Not to forget the multiple shows a night.

Vodou Bar

I don’t know whether I should be mentioning this one here. It’s popular for late-night DJ dancing on weekends. But occasionally, there will be live jazz. And a lot of local musicians do hang out on such nights. Vodou is insular and authentic, and that’s what matters.

Cafe Carlyle

Woody Allen has been showing up here as a clarinet player in The Eddy David New Orleans Jazz Band. He’s been doing so every Monday night for well over a decade now. On the other side of the hotel, however, you’ll find an equally interesting venue, Bemelmans Bar. For a nominal cover charge, it offers live jazz every night.

Many folks come from around the city to have a ball at these venues. If you’re someone coming from the suburbs and not in the mood to switch between multiple subways, you should definitely look into booking bus tickets online through OurBus.


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