Jazz Clubs in Union Square


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W 14th St
New York,
NY
US
Despite its name, Jazz Standard isn’t exactly a standard jazz club. For starters, it’s quite spacious—sizable, well-spaced tables seat up to 100 people in a colorful space that New York Magazine called “a world away from the low-ceilinged, cramped clubs of the West Village.” There is a cover but no drink minimum, though patrons are welcome to order from a drink list with specialty cocktails such as Coltrane’s Resolution, a harmonious blend of sparkling wine, Lillet, and blood-orange juice that takes at least nine minutes to finally finish. The spirits pair with a menu of barbecue from Blue Smoke, the sister restaurant upstairs, which crafts a saucy selection of chipotle chicken wings, Kansas City–style spareribs, and housemade potato chips that were featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Of course, the main draw is the music, which gets an added oomph from the club’s state-of-the-art sound system. With two sets every night and a third late set on Fridays and Saturdays, Jazz Standard is able to feature a large spread of both local up-and-comers and internationally renowned musicians. Charles Mingus legacy bands take the stage every Monday, and the rest of the calendar divides its time between rising stars such as Zach Brock and perennial favorites including Geri Allen. In the past, the stage has even borne heavyweights such as Fred Hersch and Academy Award and Grammy Award winner André Previn.
116 East 27th Street
New York,
NY
US
Like most gems, Zinc Bar can be found underground. The basement jazz club immerses visitors in a vintage-inspired art-deco environment with deep wooden tones and gleaming wall sconces, recalling the venue’s golden era when, according to New York Magazine, icons such as Thelonious Monk and Billie Holliday graced the room’s stage. Now known as Zinc Bar, the newly envisioned space honors the building’s legacy as a historic jazz club while highlighting a modern assortment of musical subgenres and styles that draw inspiration from the jazz age’s innovations. Staying open as late as 3 a.m. on weekends, the club hosts live performances of everything from reggae and funk to bossa nova and Brazilian jazz. Occasionally, the venue also puts on comedy showcases and poetry readings, as well as improvised tournaments of musical chairs.
82 W 3rd St
New York,
NY
US
On any given night, a guest at Blue Note might be pulled onstage to sit in on a jazz standard. This would merely qualify as another of the club’s charming eccentricities, were that guest not typically someone like Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli, or Quincy Jones. New York’s musical royalty frequents Blue Note to hear original, historical jazz, as well as the innovative genres that the club passionately supports. They look on approvingly as the rising stars of the soul, hip hop, funk, and pantomime scenes blaze sonic trails between the stage’s parted blue curtains. These performers fill the atmosphere with smooth sounds on most nights of the week, and their exquisite talents are matched by a menu of pan-roasted salmon, marinated skirt steak, and grilled baby-back ribs.
131 West 3rd Street
New York,
NY
US
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Terra Blues Bar Restaurant and Music, a down-home barbecue joint in New York. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Terra Blues Bar Restaurant and Music's menu. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Terra Blues Bar Restaurant and Music. Tap your foot to Terra Blues Bar Restaurant and Music's tunes — live performances are often showcased here. Loud crowds paired with a healthy sound system keep the volume level at this restaurant at the edge of ear-splitting. You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week. Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Terra Blues Bar Restaurant and Music, known for its laid-back ambience. Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Terra Blues Bar Restaurant and Music's Bleecker St residence. Meals at Terra Blues Bar Restaurant and Music are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
149 Bleecker St
New York,
NY
US
55 Bar is even older than its name might suggest. The venue’s true history dates back to the early 1920s, when New Yorkers—desperate for a drink at the dawn of Prohibition—crowded into speakeasies to toss back illegal spirits. As one of these speakeasies, 55 Bar differentiated itself by pairing its drinks with soulful jazz. Though Prohibition has long since passed, the charming dive continues to host live jazz, funk, and blues every night of the week. A jukebox fills the rare silences when musicians are busy setting up or brewing moonshine in their tubas.
55 Christopher Street
New York,
NY
US
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