The Blue Note jazz club is like a precocious kid who has skipped a few grades and graduated early: it's younger than its achievements would have you believe.
Or, to put it in terms of the trade, compared to some of the elder statesmen of New York City jazz clubs, the Blue Note is a 23-year-old young lion. Since opening its doors on September 25, 1981 (modestly, billing Turk Mauro & Friends), the Blue Note has grown into nothing less than a jazz institution in the city, so that now it's hard to imagine West 3rd Street without this vibrant hub of improvised music.
The Blue Note regularly attracts the most boldface names in jazz and its history boasts many of the
bigwigs as well: Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Tito Puente, Ray Charles, Milt Jackson, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, for starters.
Directions: Blue Note New York is located on West 3rd Street, between 6th Avenue (Avenue Of The Americas) and MacDougal Street. The Subway lines that stop right on the corner of Sixth Avenue are the A, E, C, F, Q, B, and D.
FROM: The Brooklyn Bridge
Over bridge, left on Chambers, right on Church Street, goes into 6th Avenue, to West 3rd Street (no right turn on 3rd, take West 4th, go around the block).
FROM: The Manhattan Bridge
Over bridge, straight on Canal Street, right on 6th Avenue to West 3rd (no right turn on 3rd, take West 4th, go around the block).
FROM: Holland Tunnel
Come out on Canal Street, straight, left on West Broadway. Pass Houston Street (West Broadway becomes Laguardia) to West 3rd, left on West 3rd till 6th Avenue.
FROM: Lincoln Tunnel
West Side Highway to Canal Street, left on West Broadway. Pass Houston Street (West Broadway becomes Laguardia) to West 3rd, left on West 3rd till 6th Avenue.
To Houston Street, make a right on Sullivan, left on West 3rd. Pass through the first light, club located on the right side of the street.
FROM: From Points North
To George Washington Bridge, follow signs to West Side Highway south, then proceed same way as from Lincoln Tunnel.