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Jazz Guide New York City

By Steve Dollar

Jazz Guide: New York City is the only comprehensive guide to jazz in the Big Apple –now updated to include all the newest hot spots on the scene. Uptown, downtown. Big bands to subway soloists. Elegant clubs with big-name headliners to hole-in-the wall joints where the bands play all night. Jazz Guide profiles more than sixty venues where you can hear the best of every kind of jazz—big band, fusion, bebop, and funk; Creole, Afro-Caribbean, rhythm-and-blues, groove-oriented, and electronic music; Gallic, Arabic, and Brazilian acts; and music from drum cultures including the Caribbean, Latin America, West Africa.

Profiles of contemporary clubs are interwoven with listing of music festivals, specialty stores, jazz lore, including visits to Harlem and 52nd Street in their heydays, the famous bridge where Sonny Rollins moonlighted, and the neighborhood Louis Armstrong called home.


Since the publication of the 2nd edition of Jazz Guide NYC, the following venues have closed: Tonic (page 62), Detour (page 45), Chez Suzette (page 77). The Issue Project Room is relocating; we will post the new address when available. One venue has changed its name: Night and Day (page 143) is now called Biscuit's BBQ.

About the Author

Steve Dollar writes about pop culture for a variety of publications, including Newsday, the New York Sun, Time Out Chicago, Stereophile, and Print. His articles also have appeared in GQ, the Wall Street Journal, and the Oxford American. He lives in New York City.