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Manhattan’s Hottest Jazz Spots

This winter has been particularly brutal in NYC. Heat up your nights at these authentic Manhattan jazz clubs, where the music sizzles well into the wee hours of the morning.

Blue Note: At this cozy Greenwich Village haunt, you’ll find the finest up-and-coming talent performing alongside certifiable legends (Charlie Haden was a club favorite before his recent passing). If you’re a newbie to the scene, check out the Late Night Groove series—it’s guaranteed to please.

Smalls: A long, narrow flight of steps takes you down into this speakeasy-style den of musical delights, where traditional stylings intermix with the hottest contemporary jazz trends.

Village Vanguard: A West Village institution, the Village Vanguard has hosted the biggest names in the biz for over seven decades, from Miles Davis to John Coltrane. The Vanguard is not some relic of jazz history, though. Today, its basement stage is a favorite of industry heavyweights like pianist Barry Harris and sax legend Lou Donaldson.

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