Harlem is rooted in rhythm and soul. For decades since the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, Harlem’s arts and culture have revolved around Gospel, Blues, and Jazz. Some of the best Jazz clubs are well and alive today. Here are our favorite Jazz clubs in Harlem, where expectations for a classic night out are always exceeded.
Bill’s Place148 W 133rd St
This tiny blues & jazz joint brings forth an intimate experience and even better live tunes. This former speakeasy is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bootle) style, and it feels as though you are wandering into a house party. Bill’s Place brings a cozy atmosphere for all, but we highly recommend making a reservation.
Showman’s Jazz Club375 W 125th St
There is no cover at Showman’s Jazz Bar, but there is a two drink minimum upon entering this musical joint. This being said, it is definitely worth your every dollar considering the talented performers here. You will notice the nostalgic vibe of Showman’s, and you will be blown away by the blues and jazz artists.
Paris Blues2021 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Blvd, Ave 7
This is one of the most genuine live blues and jazz bars in Harlem. This neighborhood bar is not very well know, but the live jazz music sounds nearly professional. It is almost as if this bar was picked up right from the South and brought to New York City. This is a real gem of a dive bar and certainly worth your time for an authentic live blues and jazz experience.
Shrine2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
Shrine brings Harlem’s history into a more modern context. This World Music Venue has an old-school feel and it truly represents the history of African-Americans in Harlem. This is a great spot for a fun night out for some food, drinks, live music and Afro-beats.
308 Malcolm X Blvd
This live music lounge bar has an intimate atmosphere similar to an elegant speakeasy of the 1920s with the live music to match. The Gin Fizz Bar is often dimly lit to set the mood for a great line up of live music and DJ’s.
The Cotton Club
656 W 125th St,
This iconic Blues and Jazz Club has been around since 1923, but was first located on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue, then relocated to midtown Theater District from 1936-1940, before returning to its Harlem Roots on 125th street. It has been a historic landmark since the Harlem Renaissance, hosting the best of Black artists. A must-see that you can also spot on our Harlem tours.
The Apollo Theatre
253 W 125th St.
This legendary performance hall has been an iconic music venue for many centuries, known most for African-American performers. The Apollo is known for their ‘Amateur Nights’ which is how famous singers such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald and many more well-known artists became famous. You must purchase tickets to the events hosted here, but the experience is priceless.
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