Greenwich Village has been home to artistic evolution since the Bohemian beatnik heyday and the best old-fashioned jazz clubs in New York have remained loyal residents since. Hatty Copeman gets down and dirty in the best jazz bars in Greenwich Village.
Having opened in 1935, this pillar of the Greenwich Village jazz club community has hosted the best and most affluent performers for the last eight decades. A list of previous performers reels off like an encyclopaedia of the top jazz musicians, and the Village Vanguard has been recognised for its excellent acoustics, which add flavour to the live Village Vanguard albums recorded here. These albums, a staple to any jazz lover’s collection, have included big names like Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Bill Evans and Art Pepper.
178 Seventh Avenue, +1 212 255 4037. Doors open at 8pm, sets start at 9pm and 11pm.
Arguably the most famous and classic jazz club in Greenwich Village, Blue Note has hosted an array of top musicians, including the likes of Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer, Dr. John, Chick Corea, David Sanborn, Cecil Taylor and Charlie Haden. Its intimate environment, exceptional acoustics and show stopping performances are a few reasons Blue Note prides itself on being “the jazz capital of the world.”
131 W 3rd Street, +1 212 475 8592. Doors open at 6pm.
Smalls Jazz Club
Although the club’s name was borrowed from the iconic 1920s Harlem venue, this spot is the epitome of a Greenwich Village jazz cellar. Smalls Jazz Club hosts up-and-coming performers, such as Stacy Dillard, whose styles range from the post-bebop genre to traditional swing. With its dark, intimate environment, exposed brick walls and assorted wooden chairs Smalls feels like the quintessential Village jazz club.
183 West 10th Street, +1 212 255 5091. Open daily 7.30pm-4am.