Unless there's a festival in town, you won't find any big names jamming here. But you will find live jazz nightly, without a cover charge, amidst the smoke-fitted, dark-wood ambience of the Greenwich Vittage of old.
Address: 57 Grove St.
At the place that gets its name from saxophone great Charlie Parker, you'll find serious, up-and-coming groups. The dining room serves moderately priced Southern cuisine.
Address: 315 W. 44th St.
Considered by many to be the jazz capital of the world, the Blue Note could see on an average week Spyro Gyra, Ron Carter, and Jon Hendricks. Expect a steep music charge, except on Monday, when record labels promote their artists' new releases for an average ticket price of $15.
Garage Restaurant and Cafe
There's no cover at this bi-level Village hot spot; a fireplace sets the mood upstairs.
Address: 98 7th Ave.
Piano and bass duets are the fare at this reliable steakhouse with an old New York feel. Think red meat, smoke, and good jazz.
Address: 33 University Pl.
This tiny underground spot features Brazilian jazz on Saturday and Sunday. During the week the live music ranges from straight ahead guitar work to Cuban tunes. It's a sure bet for a great night.
Address: 90 W. Houston St.