The roots of jazz run deep in Harlem, a historically black Manhattan neighborhood that has played host to musical greats like Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others. Here are some ways to explore Harlem's jazz scene.
- Take a jazz tour to discover Harlem hot spots of the past and present, including Minton's Playhouse, the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theater, and the Savoy Ballroom.
- Put Harlem's jazz scene into context on a culture-themed walking tour exploring the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement.
- Combine great music and delicious food on an excursion offering a family-style, soul-food dinner followed by a live jazz performance.
- Retrace the history of legendary artists such as Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington and learn about their influence on New York City jazz culture.
- Get a glimpse of Harlem's present-day arts scene with an intimate jazz performance held inside a historic neighborhood brownstone.
- Learn about African American musical heritage beyond jazz during a gospel-themed visit to a Harlem church.