We received lots of questions about our previous article featuring where to see the best live music in Brooklyn so we decided to do a post about where to see the best live jazz in Manhattan!
1. Blue Note -- the quintessential jazz club that books some of the most famous acts when they come to NYC. Must get tickets in advance. Great West Village location so we recommend dinner at Minetta Tavern before a late show.
2. The Django -- book a table well in advance to enjoy light bites and great cocktails in fabulous surroundings in the heart of Tribeca.
3. The Carlyle -- old school glamour and Upper East Side vibes. From their website: The golden age of New York cabaret comes alive each night at Café Carlyle. With an authentic Manhattan backdrop and a soundtrack that is classic cabaret, Café Carlyle is known for headlining incredible talents; including Laura Benanti, Alan Cumming, Judy Collins and Woody Allen, who regularly appears with the Eddy Davis New Orleans jazz band. Music has always been an essential part of The Carlyle, and it is on spectacular display at the Café Carlyle since its debut in 1955.
Check the schedule on their website and book in advance. Jacket may be required.
4. Smalls Jazz Club -- an intimate and fantastic venue in the west village. Get tickets in advance. Thrillist writes: Waiting for an hour in line off a busy Greenwich Village corner might not sound ideal, but once inside this intimate jazz club, you'll be glad you were patient. Even if you know nothing about jazz, you'll appreciate the dimly lit, below-ground space, and, depending on the night, you can catch everyone from young, local musicians to established jazz greats like Wynton Marsalis.
5. The McKittrick Hotel for The Heathens (Saturdays) -- if you still haven't done Sleep No More, take this opportunity to do it and then be sure to stick around until midnight when The Heathens take the stage.
OR, take in dinner and a show at Duane Park! Many celebrities have celebrated birthdays here. And the MC is a friend and former contestant on the voice! GO SOPHIA!