Blue Note131 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012
- Music every night:
- Age Restrictions:
- All ages
- Loaded Bar; extensive food menu with everything from Filet Mignon to Tiramisu.
Since its inception in 1981, Blue Note has become one of the premier jazz clubs in the world and a cultural institution in Greenwich Village. Owner and founder Danny Bensusan had a vision to create a jazz club in Greenwich Village that would treat deserving artists with respect, while allowing patrons to see the world's finest jazz musicians in a close, comfortable setting. Artists who had stopped playing in jazz clubs decades before, such as Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Tito Puente, soon called Blue Note home... Over the years, Blue Note has been an economic engine for Greenwich Village, bringing in jazz fans from all over the world. The club receives rave reviews on a weekly basis in New York's daily newspapers such as The New York Times and in international travel guides and magazines. What makes Blue Note so special is that on a given night, anything can happen. It is not uncommon to see the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli, and Quincy Jones get called up on stage from the audience to sit in. Blue Note gives artists the musical freedom they deserve, and jazz fans get a chance to see the most unlikely combination of stars night after night on the Blue Note stage.
While the Blue Note can be one of the more expensive clubs, they do offer 1/2 bar seating for students, first come first served. The sound is great, and the star power is blinding. I'd especially recommend going to check out the Late Night Groove Series - it's cheaper, more casual, and features up-and-coming artists playing more left-of-center music.
Search & Restore is also proud to present its Spontaneous Construction series at the Blue Note. The shows happen Friday nights at midnight, with a $10 cover and feature a set of completely improvised music from a hand-picked grouping of musicians, up-and-coming as well as legendary that have never played together before.