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For finding music in unlikely places, Harlem is the place.

Historically when many clubs and nightlife abided by “White Only” admissions into social clubs and, it was uptown that those looking to escape came for a good time. During the Harlem Renaissance, Harlem became the place for freethinkers, artists and cultural contributors to seek refuge and celebrate life.

What started as a microcosm of the roaring 1920s, grew into a movement that dominated the decades by giving birth to swing dance, big band and a number of intellectual artists. Today’s Harlem is just as rich creatively, historically and culturally. As an area that’s constantly blooming and attracting more visitors by the day, it’s also at night that Harlem also comes alive.

Home to the jazz capital, it’s a great area to catch a live music performance by professional jazz musicians and young talent alike. Restaurants and lounges, like Ginny’s Supper Club and MIST Harlem, provide music and performances. There are also a number of bars and venues that include live performances to complement the dining ambiance.

Farafina and Sugar Bar are also known for their open mic nights and Amateur Night at the Apollo is an irreplaceable experience to watch the stars of tomorrow put on the show of a lifetime. Plenty of cafes hosts impressive jams between Jazz legends and other musicians at Gin Fizz and Paris Blues.

Event calendars, located on the website of many venues, display listings for upcoming event schedules and are best to checkout before planning a visit.

For comprehensive information on the cultural and music scene Uptown Manhattan-Harlem & Washington Heights visit Harlem One Stop and NYC GO.


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