Ari takes you back–wayyyyyyy back– to the early 20th century when Big Bands, Swing Music, and Dixieland Jazz reined supreme. This is the night to step out if you like to dance; swing dance, jitterbug, or waltz that is! Viisit at least three venues where old jazz is always fresh. Vintage clothes encouraged but certainly not required. We will visit with the most authentic big band in the land (playing the original arrangements and instruments played by the big band greats. This band has been featured in countless movies such as “The Aviator” and television shows such as “Boardwalk Empire.” Members are multiple grammy award winners. Take a walk down to 46th St., NYC’s Restaurant Row, where the Broadway expands to Off-Broadway, now reminiscent of the legendary 52nd St. between 5th and 6th Avenues, known as Swing Street. It was the most important jazz street in the world. This one street featured many of the most popular jazz musicians in history. On 46th Street hear one of the world’s best big bands, with top rate vocalists. You’ll have a nice spacious dance floor to dance in front of band as they play all of golden big band hits. You may also enjoy dinner at this location at your expense. A short stroll away we arrive at one of the most famous Art Deco hotels in the city and admire its lobby. From there we will go to a posh bar in the hotel redone in period decor with hand crafted cocktails reflecting the era. Sip on classic libations such as The Toruga, Blood and Sand, Negroni’s and Sazerac’s. On Tuesday’s if you’re game for a late night hang (taxi fare not included), we can head down to the East Village for a late night traditional jazz hang; truly a great and packed end to a wonderful evening of music (Tuesday only).
Tipping is encouraged as that’s how the artists primarily make their living so please bring a few extra dollars to tip the musicians. You will have an opportunity to buy cd’s directly from the musicians at most venues we go to, they are typically $15-20 a piece (cash only) so please plan accordingly.