This cramped 123-seat club at 178 Seventh Avenue South isn’t much to look at, but it’s where jazz history has been made, repeatedly, over the past 77 years (legends such as Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and Bill Evans played and recorded here).
Pull up a chair at this art deco gem, where musicians ranging from Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra have crooned and scatted and where the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance held forth. The sheen has dulled a bit, but you can still catch great jazz.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
The brainchild of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy’s (named after the great trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie) rises above Central Park in Lincoln Center, and its commanding views and glamorous environs are in stark contrast to the underground vibe of so many jazz clubs.
This neat Flatiron spot features great sightlines, acoustics and musicians—nothing too experimental. The Mingus Orchestra regularly performs here, plus you can enjoy delicious barbecue from Blue Smoke while tapping your feet.
A relative newcomer on the jazz scene, this small, swanky spot (think antique chandeliers) on the waaaay Upper West Side manages to pack ’em in while keeping an upscale but casual vibe.