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Warm Up Winter with Some Cool Jazz in NYC

January 08, 2018

With Mardi Gras just a month away, we thought you might appreciate a rundown of some of our favorite jazz clubs. The Big Apple turns Big Easy at these Manhattan hot spots:

Birdland: For Midtown’s flashiest jazz venue, head down to Times Square, where Birdland regularly plays host to some of the biggest names in the biz, including sax virtuoso Joe Lovano and vocalist Aaron Neville, not to mention a stellar line-up of bands-in-residence.

Iridium: Grittier than Birdland, this Midtown club was for many years the weekly haunt of guitar titan Les Paul. Today, you’ll find some of the best jazz, blues, and R&B guitarists in the world dropping by to play a set in honor of the legend who called Iridium home.

Blue Note: This intimate performance venue mixes it up with musical heavyweights (Cecil Taylor is a club favorite) and the finest emerging talent the city has to offer. They don’t call Blue Note the “jazz capital of the world” for nothing.

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