October 3, 2019
Notable Village Jazz Haunts__ Read article
Notable Village Jazz Haunts
While the city has transformed around them ten times over, Greenwich Village’s jazz clubs never miss a beat, continuing a tradition of hosting historic performers like John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, and the Grove Street Stompers. The following venues are some of the best, and we recommend that you make them part of your luxury routine when you live at one of Algin’s luxury no-fee Manhattan rental apartments.
Village Vanguard | 178 7th Avenue South
You’ll be seeing red—literally—at this legendary establishment. When you descend the steep staircase into the small room with the crimson-hued stage, you’ll be sharing an experience very similar to the one John Coltrane had when he recorded his famous 1961 sets there. Not much has changed since the 1930s when the Vanguard became a must-visit haunt for music lovers: the acoustics are perfect. Many New York icons have performed here, including comedian Lenny Bruce and a young Barbra Streisand. It’s strictly a jazz venue now, and although the performances are innovative, you’ll recognize a lot of the names. Recent performances include the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Coltrane’s saxophonist son, Ravi. It’s a can’t-miss for jazz lovers and anyone looking for a memorable night out.
Blue Note | 131 West 3rd Street
Since it opened, the Blue Note has been a friend to jazz musicians and fans alike. The venue charmed performers like Sarah Vaughan, Tito Puente, and Dizzy Gillespie back to the stage long after they’d given up performing in most clubs, and it continues to draw the best veteran and up-and-coming players. Trumpeter Chris Botti returns for his 15th residency this winter, and, if you stop by on Mondays, you might catch a glimpse of a future star of jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, or R&B. They have shows every night of the week at 8 pm and 10:30 pm, a late-night show on Fridays and Saturdays, and brunch performances on Sundays. If you’re lucky, you’ll be present for a surprise performance; celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, and Liza Minnelli have been called from the audience to the stage in the past, and who knows who will be there in the audience with you?
Arthur’s Tavern | 57 Grove Street
You’re sure to be packed tight inside this classic Downtown bar, but it’s worth it to hear the excellent blues, jazz, and Dixieland bands play beneath a canopy of holiday lights. Known as the “Home of the Bird,” Arthur’s was once a favorite of Charlie Bird and has been serving exciting performances to music aficionados since 1937. You’ll find all kinds of musical acts here, but on Mondays, guests are treated to a very special performance. For 70 years, the Grove Street Stompers’ Dixieland jazz has been delighting listeners. Though some of the players have changed, the band hasn’t missed a performance since 1959. And you won’t want to miss one either.
Not only is Greenwich Village rich with musical history, it is home to tree-lined streets, cutting-edge restaurants, chic, millennial-focused shops, and an abundance of locally owned markets. View Algin’s no-fee rental apartment availabilities in this covetable neighborhood by visiting our website or calling the leasing office at (212) 213-1727.