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Greatest time in New York

Last weekend, me, my husband and dear friends(Bonnie, Monique, Koen, Sam, Imran) gathered for... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Hye Kyung Y
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Best night in New York

My 16 year old son and I had a great time with Amanda, our tour guide and 5 other guests. She made... read more

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Reviewed 10 May 2018
Monique F
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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: 9:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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New York City, NY 10019
Midtown
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

Last weekend, me, my husband and dear friends(Bonnie, Monique, Koen, Sam, Imran) gathered for Harlem jazz tour('The BIG APPLE JAZZ TOUR'). For me it was the greatest experience in NEW YORK. I could enjoy the real wonderful awsome live jazz music in Harlem! Much more...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

My 16 year old son and I had a great time with Amanda, our tour guide and 5 other guests. She made our day with her charm, energy and pride of Harlem, her own neighborhood, as well as her many musical friends. We visited venues...More

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Thank Monique F
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

Last Saturday evening, I was part of a group of seven jazz aficionados ranging in age from a 16 year old boy to a 70 year old woman (me!) from four different countries (South Korea, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the U.S) who couldn't have been...More

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

I had great expectations about this tour and certainly I do not regret taking it. Amanda is a great host, she's always lookig out for the members and not to miss any moment. She's also very cheerfull which brings an extra to the tour. I...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

This is a great experience in NYC. Gord smiled often as he shared his in-depth knowledge of the Harlem with our group. Our group of eight from around the world were soon friends, adding to the enjoyment of the shared experience. It is wonderful to...More

Thank Lise B
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Reviewed April 27, 2018

Gordon organised a fantastic and memorable evening of Jazz for us in Harlem. The venue was something completely different to anything we'd experienced before - very atmospheric. We enjoyed not only the music, but also Gordon's insights into the local jazz scene. I'd highly recommend...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2018

Had a wonderful evening visiting places we would never have found by ourselves. Interesting information and great selection of musicians. Really enjoyed.

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Reviewed April 23, 2018

I fIrst went on a Jazz tour with Gordon 15 years ago, had an amazing time. That was my first time in NYC. He has a wealth of knowledge, knows his stuff and knows ‘where its at’. You don’t need to be a Jazz snob...More

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Amanda H, Big Apple Jazz Diva at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

My Dearest Frankie and Lisa, I am truly humbled by your amazing review and your email. My heart is very glad and full as I shared your review with Sam and all whom you mentioned in your missive. Gordon and I thank you for your...More

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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

What an awesome night we had on our recent jazz tour in Harlem. Gordon is very personable and a wealth of knowledge on jazz in Harlem and opened our eyes to the amazing jazz history and scene in the area. The experience exceeded our expectations!...More

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GordonPolatnick, Owner at Big Apple Jazz Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

We had a great little private tour! It was amazing to hang out with you guys. I really enjoyed your company and enthusiasm for the intimate, little hideaways we both dig. It was also cool that you got to make that personal connection with the...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

We had a fabulous evening with Amanda. We must have been hard work - 4 people in their 60’s and 70’s with 3 from England. So not the most extrovert crowd. Yet Amanda ensured we had a great time. She is completely adorable and knows...More

Thank Nigel M
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David G
February 9, 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
August 15, 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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