Established in 1981, Blue Note quickly became one of the most illustrious jazz venues in New York City, dubbing itself the home of artists such as Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, and Oscar Peterson. Since then, Blue Note has expanded from its original Greenwich Village location to become an international franchise with locations in Italy and Japan.
While the die-hard jazz fan might scoff at the reputation Blue Note has garnered, there’s no denying the venue brings in top talent from around the world. Artists like Chris Botti, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner frequent Blue Note, and the club has also incorporated a bi-weekly Late Night Groove series to showcase up and coming talent in New York.
Ticket prices are a little expensive once you tack on drinks and/or dinner. However, the 12:30 p.m. sets on Friday and Saturday feature a lighter $8 cover charge; for the hungry jazz fan, $24.50 will get brunch, a show, and a drink for Sunday brunch.
Blue Note – New York Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (convenient to subway lines A, B, C, D, E, F, and M at W. 4th St./Washington Square and buses M5, M8, and M21)
- Handicapped Accessibility: No
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 875 performances are given annually: two sets per evening, three on Friday and Saturday, and two Sunday brunch performances
- Ticket Prices: $20 at the bar, $35 at a table. $8 tickets for the 12:30 a.m. set on Friday and Saturday. Occasional half-price tickets are available on Goldstar.com
- Membership: Membership, available on the website, features very occasional discounts and special events.