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3 Places to Enjoy Jazz in NYC

April 30 is INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY. 

Jazz is quintessential American music - and New York is one of the best cities in American to enjoy great jazz.  When you live in New York studying English at the English Language Institute, a visit to a jazz club is a must.  And what better day than International Jazz Day to do so.  There are dozens of clubs to choose from – here are just three. 

Note that you may need to be 21 or over to enter – check before going if you are under 21.


#1  Blue Note

Blue Note jazz club in New York CityThis is a famous club with locations around the world.  The New York one is a great place for classic jazz.  Tables are close together and you don’t need to get a seat at a table, but it is worth it if you can afford it.  The Blue Note is in Greenwich Village, not far from Pace University.


#2  Village Vanguard

Sign for Village Vanguard jazz club NYCThis small basement club has been in the West Village, also not far from Pace, for more than 80 years.  They play mainstream jazz and many famous jazz musicians such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Bill Evans have played here.  The 16-piece Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has been the Monday-night regular since 1966. There is a no cell phone policy.


#3  Bill’s Place

Bills Place jazz club in Harlem NYCFor traditional jazz, head to Harlem.  Reservations are essential at Bill’s Place, especially for Friday and Saturday nights.  No alcohol is sold, so this is a good place to go if you are under 21 or if you just want to appreciate the music!    


Do you love jazz?  Come to New York to study English and enjoy great jazz at the same time!  Visit the ELI website,  contact the ELI  or apply here.