In its relatively short history (in jazz club years), Iridium Jazz Club has carved out a place of prominence. It opened in 1994 and has since served as a launching pad for many a young jazz artist and even as a home for one of music’s greats, Les Paul, who played a weekly gig at the club right up until his death in 2009. Since Paul’s passing, the club has rededicated itself to jazz as well as all things guitar.
The club has live music seven nights per week, with a late show on weekends. Impromptu jam sessions are likely to happen when big names stop in and other big names stop by to watch. Ticket prices vary depending on the performer and there is always a $10-15 food & drink minimum. Call ahead for special student discounts.
Iridium Jazz Club Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Convenient to Subway lines 1 at 50th Street; N, Q, and R at 49th Street; C and E at 50th Street/8th Avenue; B, D, and E at 7th Avenue; and buses M7, M20, M50, and M104)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 500 per year. Sets are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday, 8 and 10 p.m. on Monday
- Ticket Prices: $25–$50 cover, $10–$20 food and drink minimum, depending on the performer. Occasional half-price tickets are available on Goldstar.com. Coupons and promotions are sometimes available on the website.