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My list of Brooklyn Jazz Clubs

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I made this list to sum up my discoveries of Brooklyn jazz and it’s now also up on Big Apple Jazz website (other jazz clubs in the city covered by Gordon Polatnick).  Happy exploring ;)

Here’s the list:

 

 

Brooklyn Jazz Clubs

 

Park Slope & Gowanus

Bar 4
444 7th Ave. Brooklyn
(718) 832-9800
A cool bar in South Park Slope with Jazz on Monday nights, curated by guitarist Mike Gamble.
No cover.

*Barbès
376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn
347-422-0248
A very authentic South Park Slope venue run by French owners
Some famous regular acts:   Slavic Soul Party: (Balkan music) on Tuesdays
The Mandingo Ambassadors: (African music) on Wednesdays
Usually $10 cover charge or suggested donation.

Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue Brooklyn
718-857-4816
Cafe/venue in Park Slope/Gowanus with jazz on Sundays (curated by Ryan Keberle) and Wednesdays (curated by Joe Phillips).
$10 cover

Douglass St Music Collective
295 Douglass St. (3rd / 4th Ave), Brooklyn
An artist-run rehearsal and performance space in Brooklyn’s historic Gowanus district with some happening live music acts.

I-Beam
168 7th Street, Brooklyn
Kind of hidden, nice performance space/studio in Gowanus/Park Slope with amazing bookings – most often featuring musicians’ music with a community feel.
$10 donation suggested.

ISSUE Project Room
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn
718-330-0313
Interesting live music/events/projects space in Gowanus/Park Slope.

Korzo Restaurant
667 5th Avenue (bet. 19th + 20th streets) Brooklyn
718.285.9425
*Konceptions series in Korzo Restaurant-  Great live jazz/experimental music on Tuesday nights curated by pianist/composer James Carney.  Eastern European cuisine; great choice of beers on tap.
Schedule and directions: http://www.myspace.com/konceptions
Cover: $7 per set

Puppets Jazz Bar
481 5th Ave, Brooklyn
718-499-2622
Jazz bar in Park Slope with nightly jazz acts and Jazz Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-3 PM. Full line-ups usually not stated on their calendar which could mean nice surprises.
Cover usually from $6 to $12 per set.

*The Fifth Estate
506 5th Ave.   (12th / 13th)  Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-840-0089
Formelry known as Royale. With semi-public jam sessions every Tuesday, run by drummer Diego Voglino, featuring high calibre Brooklyn jazz musicians in the opening and closing sets. Often great jazz bands on Mondays as well. Great Brooklyn vibe.
Music calendar: http://www.myspace.com/royalebrooklynmusic

Southpaw
125 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn
718.230.0236
Cool venue with occasional jazz, check calendar.

*Tea Lounge
837 Union St, 11215, Park Slope, Brooklyn
718–789–2762
Nice and cozy neighborhood cafe/bar/venue in Park Slope. Live music mostly from Wednesday to Sunday; great eclectic booking featuring jazz musicians of the highest caliber, but also some interesting up and coming talent, world music and various other creative acts.  Great choice of coffee and tea; free wifi.
No cover, $5 donation suggested

Williamsburg

Knitting Factory Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
(347) 529-6696
Knitting Factory is at its 3rd NYC location with this move to Williamsburg.  Look for cutting age bookings, sometimes in the jazz genre.

Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St, Brooklyn,
The Bowery Presents
venue

*Rose Live Music
345 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 599-0069
Bar and restaurant in Williamsburg, very nice cozy atmosphere, often featuring most cutting edge experimental live music acts like Mark Guiliana’s THING (in theory, every other Wednesday). Other noteworthy regulars: Monday night Soul Sessions hosted by guitarist Chauncey Yearwood, Sunday night Brooklyn Jazz Experiments Series curated by Chris Conly.   Amazing wine garden in the warmer months.
Almost always, no cover.  Donations welcome

*Spike Hill
184-186 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 218-9737
Bar in the hippest part of Williamsburg – Jazz night on Monday nights, featuring 3-5 up and coming bands, a great spot to see some young NY jazz talent.
No cover, donations welcome.

Zebulon
258 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn
(718) 218-6934
A bohemian bar/ hang in Williamsburg with free live music every night.  Booking varies greatly – check schedule for jazz. Can have some of the best shows in the city but very often also featuring rather obscure indie bands.
No cover.

Rest of Brooklyn

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium
(718) 569-1896
1958 Fulton Street
Suite 300 A
Brooklyn, NY 11233

Solo Kitchen Bar
1502 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn
A great bar in an up-and-coming creative neighborhood in Ditmas Park/Flatbush, right next to the Cortelyou Rd subway stop off the Q train.   Affordable beers on tap, brick-oven pizza, pool table and more. Jam session on Thursday nights, hosted by guitarist Aki Ishiguro.
Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway, Brooklyn
A one-of-a-kind bar/cafe/venue in Bushwick/Bed-Stuy with a creative vibe, a definite neighborhood favorite. Featuring live jazz, rock, indie and more, mostly young talent. Watch out for show times – they say everything starts at 9PM. Check the calendar for more accurate show times.
Calendar: http://www.myspace.com/goodbyebluemondayinc

BAM Cafe
1087 Broadway, Brooklyn
(718) 636-4139
Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene.  Nice cafe with a young creative vibe, occasional jazz concerts/projects.
Calendar: http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=38
Some free, some cover charges events.

*Le Grand Dakar
285 Grand Ave. (Clifton Pl. / Lafayette Ave.), Brooklyn
718.398.8900
An African restaurant in Clinton Hill featuring really good Live Jazz, African music and great African menu. Listings often stated on website by style only, check out local monthly jazz magazine: All About Jazz, NY for specific names.
No cover.

Coco 66
66 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn
718-389-7392 / 917-807-6045
Club/bar in Greenpoint with occasional jazz programming.

* recommended

Written by Ines

January 13, 2010 at 2:19 am

8 Responses

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  1. You should send this list to Patrick at Blog Supreme too. And maybe share it with SearchandRestore.com. They need someone like you writing for their site. It’s great that we finally have someone covering the progressive NY scene as thoroughly as you are on such a regular basis.

    Matt

    Matt

    February 2, 2010 at 7:46 am

  2. [...] My list of Brooklyn Jazz Clubs « All the Things… New York Jazz and … [...]

  3. theres a new site called http://www.eventtap.com , ive noticed that some of these clubs and restuaraunts have been listed on there ! Make sure you check it out and consider it as a great, free way to promote these businesses.

    http://www.eventtap.com – things to do right now, around you

    chris

    October 11, 2010 at 8:48 am

  4. [...] Generally speaking, for more experimental and less expensive adventures there would be East Village and Brooklyn. See my post on Brooklyn jazz clubs here. [...]

  5. Rose is closed. No bueno.

    Anonymous

    September 24, 2012 at 4:16 am

  6. My son is a 21 year old jazz musician, with a tight band that is ready to take the next step to playing live. I would so grateful if anyone could recommend clubs that support the young cats looking to grow. I am pretty critical, so I can assure they don’t suck and will not embarass themselves or any establishment that is open to let them audition for a gig. Open mike nights are fine too! Thank you.

    Rich Fox

    July 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    • Try Shrine in Harlem. on 7th Ave. Between 133/134th street. very welcoming. weekly jam sessions. opp to gig.

      Gordon

      September 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    • hey contact debra at eves769@gmail.com they have book jazz acts on thursdays. 2 blocks from the brooklyn museum kim

      Kim

      January 2, 2014 at 12:27 am


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