Top 5 Jazz Joints

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The Jazz Gallery
1160 Broadway, at 27th St.; 646-494-3625
At this nonprofit second-story performance space, the scene is all about the music, pure and simple. It boasts some of the most progressive, inspired programming in the city and, to top it all off, it’s a great deal.

183 W. 10th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-252-5091
The historic Greenwich Village club enthusiastically supports the current jazz scene by hosting two (often up-and-coming) bands per night.

Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-576-2232
The sophisticated older brother to the rowdier Blue Smoke upstairs, the Standard hunkers down with critically acclaimed artists and unobstructed, candlelit views of the stage.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., at 60th St.; 212-258-9899
More than just a world-class jazz venue, this Lincoln Center offshoot houses the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

Village Vanguard
178 Seventh Ave. S., nr. 11th St.; 212-255-4037
Hailed by some as the most famous and most important jazz club in the world, this wedge-shaped spot is haunted by the ghosts of Coltrane and Bill Evans. It is also the eldest of the great jazz hubs (it turned 80 this year).

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Top 5 Jazz Joints