Friday, August 7, 2015

Part II: 10+ Great Places to Hear Cool Jazz on a Budget in NYC

By Jacquelin Carnegie - (New York, NY) Jazz clubs are not the only place to hear great music. In NYC, there are several unique venues to enjoy jazz on a budget. 
(photo: Evi Abeler)

UNIQUE JAZZ VENUES
Rubin Museum of ArtJazz at the Rubin 
150 West 17th St, Tel: 212/620-5000; http://bit.ly/1MfSA5R
(Select Fridays, 7pm; Cost: $20-$30) - This is a wonderful place to hear some delightful jazz performances. The museum is open late on Fridays, so, in addition to great music, you can soak up some culture about the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. And, be sure to stop by their Café Serai, it's a neighborhood hot spot.
Saint Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Ave, at 54th St; Tel: 212-935-2200; www.saintpeters.org - Saint Peter’s Church is a sanctuary for jazz! There's a Jazz Vespers (Sun, 5pm, Free), Midday Jazz in the Sanctuary (Wed, 1pm, Cost: donation), and Jazz on the Plaza (summer, Thurs, 12:30pm, Free).

Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th St, Corona, Queens; Tel: 718/478-8274; www.louisarmstronghouse.org - Any jazz lover should make a pilgrimage to the house "Satchmo" lived in from 1943 until his death in 1971 in this working-class, Queens neighborhood. An added treat is the Summer Concert Series in the magnificent garden.
Lucky Dogs Jazz Band with "Satchmo"

Wit's End Soirées
Flute, 205 West 54th St; clubwitsend.com (Jan-Oct, last Sat, 7pm-Midnight; $15) - 
Put on vintage attire for a night of 1920’s Jazz Age cocktails, music, and free dance lessons and jive to the sounds of the Roaring Twenties at a Wit’s End soirée.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem 58 West 129th St; Tel: 212/348-8300; www.jmih.org - The Jazz Museum offers several interesting programs such as “Jazz for Curious Listeners” and “Harlem Speaks,” an interview series; it's definitely worth a visit. The NJMH also does events in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Jazz Foundation of America - Monday Night Jam
Local 802 Musicians' Union Hall, 322 West 48th St, 1st Fl Club Room; http://bit.ly/1Vwn48H (Every Monday, except major holidays: 7-9:30pm; Free)
Nick Hempton
For the past 26 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has helped keep jazz & blues alive by aiding musicians in-need. This includes musicians who've played with everyone from Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. On Monday nights, you can hear some of these greats, along with up & comers, jam for free!
Jazz Sessions - Le Colonial 
149 East 57th St, 2nd Fl; http://on.fb.me/1V5IMg0 

(Fridays, 9pm-Midnight; No cover)
This has become a Friday night hangout for the fabulous sax player Nick Hempton and his band. You might also catch another great sax player Mike DiRubbo and the occasional guest singer. There's a full bar and food menu.
AFFORDABLE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER & JUILLIARD
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St; www.jazz.org
There are several affordable ways to enjoy jazz at this great venue: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola - Late Night Session ($5-$10, after 11pm); The Appel Room - Hot Seats ($10) for select concerts. Listening Parties - (Free) Listen to new jazz albums with the
Dizzy's Club (photo: Frank Stewart)
performers who recorded them or learn about late, great jazz artists.
Call: 212-258-9800 to find out about more JALC free/cheap events.

The Juilliard School (Tel: 212/769-7406; events.juilliard.edu) Throughout the school year, Juilliard offers many, free jazz concerts by The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and the Juilliard Jazz Ensembles in Paul Hall (155 West 65th St) and other venues. Since most Juilliard grads go on to fame-and-fortune, hear them now for free!
FREE SUMMER JAZZ FESTIVALS IN NYC 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (August) & Jazz Mobile (July & August).
Find out about other festivals and 
New York City's jazz scene all year long from: Hot House Jazz & The New York City Jazz Record

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