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The Blue Note Jazz Club has called NYC’s Greenwich Village home since 1981. Danny Bensusan, the founder, and owner set out on a quest to create a Greenwich Village jazz club that treated artists with respect and provided patrons with only the finest jazz music in a setting that’s comfortable yet intimate. After its opening, the Blue Note Club was so well-loved that even retired artists such as Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton, and Tito Puente would return to music and call the club home.
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Today, the Blue Note works to preserve the history of jazz music while also acting as an innovative and progressive place to practice and play on a nightly basis. Aside from main acts that include Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, Robert Glasper, Chris Botti, Joshua Redman, and Christian McBride, the club is also a great place to find up-and-coming artists playing a wide array of musical types from jazz and soul to funk, R&B, and hip-hop.
In fact, Blue Note is an integral part of maintaining Greenwich Village’s musical scene, as it allows local musicians the opportunity to play in one of the world’s best jazz clubs. And the best part is that you may have already visited a Blue Note Jazz Club, as they have locations worldwide in places like Nagoya, Hawaii, Milan, Napa, Beijing, Rio, and Tokyo.
This is a hot jazz spot because it’s not uncommon to see stars such as Liza Minelli, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Tony Bennet get called on stage to act as a fill-in. Hence, this is a must-stop venue for jazz music in New York City.
What can you do after enjoying Blue Note Jazz Club?
Other amazing jazz clubs like Zinc Bar, Cellar Dog and Smalls Jazz Club are just a few blocks away. Or you can enjoy New York nightlife at one of the many bars and restaurants along Bleecker Street, which is only a block away.
My tip: check out this amazing Jazz Private Walking Tour 👇
01 Louis Armstrong and Jazz Private Walking Tour
This is a really great guided tour for all jazz fans who want to learn more about the life of the famous Louis Armstrong and his work in New York. You’ll start at Jazz At Lincoln Center and see major venues and jazz clubs on the tour. As an option, you can attend a jazz concert in the evening!
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