LiveMusic

After a good meal many folks want to hear some good music.
There are many places to hear live music in this town, but not all are worth your time and money. This directory shows a carefully curated list of “only the best” places to hear all types of live music in Manhattan.

The venues are grouped by location – Downtown, Mid-Town, and Uptown. Each venue listed begins with a link to their calendar of performances and shows the times that sets / performances begin and the general price range. Be sure to check their websites for the most current information.

Greenwich Village / Downtown:

55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. (E of 7th ave.S.)
55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (7:00; 8:20; 10:00? / F; $20?)

Joe’s Pub @ PublicTheater – 425 Lafayette St. (@ Astor Place)
publictheater.org, 212-539-8500 (7:00; 9:30 / $15+)

Smalls – 183 W10th St. (W of 7th ave S.)
smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (7:30; 8:50 / $20)

Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. (E of 6th ave.)
bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (8:00; 10:30 / $30-$45?)

Mezzrow – 163 W10th St. (E of 7th Ave. S.)
mezzrow.com, 646-476-4346 (8:00; 9:30 / $20)

City Winery – 155 Varick St. (btw Spring/Vandam St.)
citywinery.com, 212-608-0555 (8:00 / $40+)

Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. S. (btw 11th st./Perry St.)
villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (8:30; 10:30 / $35)

Midtown:

54 Below – 254 W54th St. (btw 8/7ave)
54below.com , 646-476-3551 (7:00; 9:30 / $35-$70)

Birdland Theater– 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave)
birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (7:00; 9:45 / $25+)

Green Room 42 – Yotel, 570 10th Ave @ 42nd St. (4th Fl.)
onfournyc.com/about1.html / 646-449-7792 (7:00; 9:30 / $20+)

Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St., 5th fl.
jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595 (7:30; 9:30 / $35-$40)

Jazz Standard – 116 E 27th (btw Park/Lex ave)
jazzstandard.com , 212-576-2232 (7:30; 9:30 / $30-$40)

Town Hall – 123 W43rd St. (btw. 6th/B’way)
thetownhall.org / 212-997-6661 (8:00 / $45+)

Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave)
birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (8:30; 11:00 / $30+)

Uptown:

Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway (nr.106th St.)
smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662 (7:00; 9:00; 10:30 / $15-$40)

Triad Theater – 158 W72nd St. (btw Amsterdam/Columbus)
triadnyc.com / 212-279-4200 ( 7:00; 9:30 / $25+)

Symphony Space – 2537 Broadway (@ 95th St.)
symphonyspace.org / 212-864-5400 ( 7:30 / $32+)

Beacon Theater – 21234 Broadway (btw 74/75 St.)
msg.com/beacon-theatre / 212-465-6000 ( 8:00 / $$)

REGULAR ENGAGEMENTS

MON: VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA – VILLAGE VANGUARD / 8:30; 10:30, $35

TUE: MIKE LEDONNE’S GROOVER QUARTET – SMOKE / 7:00; 9:00; 10:30 / $15

WED: DAVID OSTWALD’S LOUIS ARMSTRONG ETERNITY BAND –
BIRDLAND / 5:30; $30 ($20 seat at the bar includes a drink – a very good deal)
No better music anywhere at this time of day. If you like New Orleans Jazz , you’ll love this group, they are the best.

THU: ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO 7:00 – SWEET GEORGIA BROWN 10:00 (ALSO FRI)
ARTHUR’S TAVERN / NO COVER

FRI: BIRDLAND BIG BAND – BIRDLAND / 5:30 PM, $30

SAT: BILL SAXTON AND THE HARLEM BEBOP BAND –
BILLS PLACE / 8:00; 10:00, $20
148 W133RD ST. (BTW 7/ LENOX) – TAKE #2/3 TO 135TH ST.

SUN: ARTHUR O’FARRELL AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA –
BIRDLAND / 9:00; 11:00; $40

Brooklyn BONUS – WFUV shows Brooklyn venues some love:

Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway, Brooklyn)
Baby’s All Right has a lot of cool things going for it – beginning with its name, which forms the acronym BAR. The club, which co-founder Billy Jones oversees, has all of the essential live music venue ingredients: strong bookings, a good Williamsburg location, a quality sound system, and spiffy lighting. However, it’s Baby All Right’s intangible elements that give it a unique vibe. Moving through the restaurant/bar to gain access to the music area gives a little speakeasy energy to the space, as does the cozy 280-person capacity. Baby’s All Right is where to see up-and-comers before they get big, and it’s also the place to catch big dogs when they treat fans to intimate gigs, like The Raconteurs, who played the packed club earlier this summer. (Eric Holland, WFUV)
Website: http://babysallright.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/babysallright

The Bell House (147 7th Street, Brooklyn)
The Bell House in Brooklyn is one of my favorite venues in the city. The programming there is really interesting. It’s not just a music venue; there are also comedy shows, live podcast tapings, and the “Secret Science Club,” a not-so-secret science lecture and performance series which meets there every month. The Bell House, which is co-owned by Jim Carden and Kevin Avanzato, also throws really fun dance parties. There’s a separate bar area (with a photo booth) that is very breathable and chill. The Bell House serves food too, including some decent vegetarian options. Anyone looking for a very New York thing to do, check out The Bell House’s calendar. It may be a bit of a hike on the MTA, but it’s worth it. (Alisa Ali, WFUV)
Website: https://www.thebellhouseny.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BellHouseNY