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Big Apple Jazz Tours

New York City, NY 10019
+1 917-863-7854
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The World of Amanda

Tour was excellent. Amanda obviously loves her job and her enthusiasm is unsurpassed. She... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Big Apple Jazz Tour

Very disappointing. Tour was not what was advertised. Only visited two venues (entertainment at... read more

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Authentic Experiences to the heart of New York City! Since 1997 we have been on the front lines of the underground New York City jazz scene - taking small groups down into intimate basement joints where live jazz still thrives in neighborhood nightclubs from Harlem to Greenwich Village. Legendary players and clubs as well. All live music and transportation costs are included in the public tour price. Our jazz tours take place in Manhattan for the most part, but private tours to Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx can be arranged. Our goal is to offer the most intimate, small group tours available to Harlem and Greenwich Village neighborhood nightclubs and juke joints. We also provide insight into the Big Apple jazz scene as it has evolved over the past hundred years. Consider hiring Gordon Polatnick to take you on a private tour throughout the city during the day or night to experience the city's many intriguing neighborhoods at your pace and focusing on your interests. All ages welcome.
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 23:59
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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New York City, NY 10019
Midtown
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Tour was excellent. Amanda obviously loves her job and her enthusiasm is unsurpassed. She introduced us to the history and current status of jazz in the village while exposing us to some of the best music in the area. She made each member of our...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very disappointing. Tour was not what was advertised. Only visited two venues (entertainment at the venues was great) and spend most of the time in a park, listening to tour guide speaking about jazz. Tour guide was rude at one point and used foul language...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A night to remember This tour was a real highlight of my stay in New York. Amanda, our tour guide, was great fun and also an excellent singer -to our surprise and delight, she sang with one of the jazz trios we visited. My husband...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Absolutely Amazing!! The tour was great, we really can't say enough about Amanda, our tour guide. She is so full of energy and just has an incredible wealth of knowledge of the neighborhood and jazz. Visited 2 jazz joints, great food, great company, great music....More

Thank Jeanette B
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Amanda H, Harlem Jazz Tour Diva !! at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Oh my goodness Jennette B. Thank you so much for lovely review. I am indeed humbled by your sweet words. I am so glad that you and Dennis had a great time. Thank you for setting a great example at the end of the tour...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was hands down one of the best tours that I have ever been on! My dad and I recently visited New York for the first time this past week and was lucky to get this tour on the schedule. We are huge jazz enthusiasts...More

Thank britney d
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Amanda H, Harlem Jazz Tour Diva !! at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Miss Britney! Thank you for your detailed and wonderful review! Wow, I am so glad that we hit the nail on the head. On behalf of Gordon, Myself and everyone you encountered on the tour we thank you for allowing us to show you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took a jazz tour in Harlem Friday 3, 2018. We visited 3 venues, walking distance between them. We stayed over an hour in each one. The tour was for 5 hours, we were for 6 hours. Our guide Amanda was vibrant,...More

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Thank Hugo L
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Amanda H, Harlem Jazz Tour Diva !! at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Hugo! Thank you so much for the great review. I had so much fun with you and Ruth. I love that you both jumped right in from the second that I met you with open minds, hearts and a loving spirit. Please send my...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I are still talking about how much fun we had on this tour. Although it was back in January 2017, we still can’t relay onto others the fun, fabulous music and sensational host (Gordon). We are both Jazz newbies and after a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow of wow We did around midnight tour with Amanda and we are still in awe of how fabulous this tour was Amanda’s knowledge of Harlem and jazz was sensational Going into some ( most) clubs we would never find in a million years) We...More

Thank dispeaks
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Amanda H, Harlem Jazz Tour Diva !! at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Di and Darren! Wow, what a ringing endorsement. I am bowled over by your kind words. Thank you for selecting my Round Midnight with Amanda Jazz Tour. I am so glad that you both hit the ground running for a wonderful night of sites,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience with colleagues. Many inspired, historical landmarks was guided by her-and Experience real Harlem life with citizens:) Ever most great musicians I met in this tour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What can I tell you about our host Amanda, other than that she is amazing!? She's loud, vivacious, beautiful, and knowledgeable about all things New York, jazz, and drinking; which makes her the perfect host for a jazz tour around Greenwich Village. Our night started...More

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DJ_Traveller78
13 May 2018|
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Response from Gordon P | Property representative |
Sorry we missed this one. Generally speaking, with enough notice, we can do a tour any night for as many people as necessary. This is a tour company that thrives on flexibility and keeps our creative juices flowing... More
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David G
9 February 2018|
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Response from Amanda H | Property representative |
We do offer family friendly tours. Give Gordon a call and email and he will be happy to guide you. Thank you for your inquiry. Amanda! Harlem Jazz Tour Diva! Big Apple Jazz
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LarissaHerod
15 August 2017|
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Response from Gordon P | Property representative |
Yes, to clarify, our tours run every night, and in NYC great jazz is being played all over town every night in scores of little, out-of-the-way clubs. If you are looking for something specific regarding jazz styles or club... More
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