Guided tour

NYC: Greenwich Village Jazz Crawl

3.9 / 5

7 reviews

NYC: Greenwich Village Jazz Crawl

Activity provider: Big Apple Jazz Tours

From US$ 121 per person

A relaxed walking tour of the Greenwich Village jazz scene in New York. Visit 2 local jazz joints/speakeasies for spectacular live shows; learn the history of jazz; and meet the musicians.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Discover hidden jazz clubs in The Village
  • Learn the history of jazz in New York
  • See where Billie Holiday became famous
  • Hear live jazz in 2 different clubs
Full description
Discover the history and modern day jazz scene in New York on a leisurely walking tour of Greenwich Village. In the company of an expert jazz guide, visit hidden clubs and see great bands performing live - all cover charges are included in the tour price. Move from club to club (2 clubs per night) seeking out the energy for which the Village jazz scene is famous. Your guide will point out older clubs from jazz history, such as the Cafe Society, where Billie Holiday made her downtown debut, as well as other long gone clubs like Sweet Basil's, The Village Gate; and Cafe Bohemia, where Charles Mingus, Art Blakey and Miles Davis once introduced their latest compositions. Sign up for a Tuesday night tour to hear Trad jazz performed in a late night jam session filled with surprise guests. The tour ends smack in the middle of the best jazz scene in New York, where your guide will help you get to the next club on your own, or back to your hotel if you prefer.
  • Friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible guide
  • Cover charges to all clubs
  • The chance to perform (if circumstances permit)
  • Food and drinks (Please note that not all tours include clubs with kitchens - please eat something prior to the tour).
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet just inside the Zinc Bar. Be sure to arrive early. Find your tour group near the bar as you walk in.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Formal dress is not required. Dress for comfort as you will be out in the open as well as in hot or cold clubs. These tours run in all kinds of weather. There will be some walking (up to 10 city blocks at a time) and subway stairs involved in the tour
  • Photography is encouraged, but only of the musicians, not the other patrons and neighbors. Of course, friendships arise on this tour and photographs among friends is always okay
  • Please note that this tour can be fitted to your particular interests, so please let your guide know what you like and hope to learn about the Village scene
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 7 reviews

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Good tour - but not enough clubs

Good tour and professional guide, but the price-performance ratio would do with a few more clubs on the tour. We met in the first club, went together in a second and in the third there was dinner + jazz. The tour is over. No club cost admission, drinks and dinner you pay for yourself ... - you wonder what justifies the high prices. The guide is cool - knows a lot about jazz and knows his way around. We do not regret participation (despite the high price) - but would rather do our own research in the future ...

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January 12, 2015

The bars and venues visited are good but they are free to enter and the activity does not include food or drink, so we find it expensive

December 22, 2019

Gordon has filled our dreams and even more than we expected.

Highly recommended to join.

May 21, 2018

Product ID: 29378