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Where to go to see jazz

The Apollo Theater

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Intrigued by our jazz coverage? Here's where and when you can go experience the scene for yourself.

Upcoming special events

Feb. 27
Another Sunday Serenade: Creole, 5-8 p.m., $25. A musical celebration of the birthday of tenor sax player and be-bop pioneer Dexter Gordon. 2167 Third Ave., 212-876-8838

Feb. 28
The Apollo Legacy: Jazz!: The Museum of the City of New York, 7 p.m., $5. The Apollo co-sponsors this salute to jazz greats, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others. 1220 Fifth Ave., 917-492-3395

May 9-15
Harlem Jazz Shrines: Various locations. The Apollo presents a week long celebration of jazz in Harlem. The best clubs throughout the neighborhood host shows all week. For more details, visit

St. Nicks Pub: This charming little space is one of the liveliest clubs in the neighborhood. Tourists dominate the front of the room while regulars hang out in the back. Live jazz every night with no cover. 773 St. Nicholas Ave.,

Lenox Lounge: Lenox Lounge has been a fixture on the Harlem jazz scene since 1939. The club is still committed to the genre, with live shows every night, though the weekend shows are especially worth checking out. 288 Lenox Ave., 212-427-0253

Parlor Jazz at Marjorie Eliot's: For nearly 20 years, Marjorie Eliot has been hosting concerts out of her home every Sunday from 4-6 p.m. 555 Edgecombe Ave., Studio 3F, 212-781-6595

Showman's Cafe: Another classic venue that attracts locals and international tourists alike, Showman?s hosts live music almost every night. Call for schedule. 375 West 125th St., 212-864-8941

American Legion Post #398: This venue is home to a rare Hammond B-3 organ. Stop by to listen to the Sunday evening jazz session. They also host jazz and dinner Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as every other Saturday. 248 W. 132nd St., 212-283-970

Cotton Club: The supper club is an unrelated recreation of the legendary historical venue. Mondays: 8 p.m., $25. Swing dancing; Thursdays-Fridays: 8 p.m., $50. Cover charge includes buffet dinner and live blues/jazz; Saturdays: 9 p.m., $50. Cover charge includes buffet dinner and live blues/jazz. 656 W. 125th St., 212-663-7980

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