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Address: 773 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10031 (Cross street: W 149th St)
Neighborhood: Manhattanville / Hamilton Heights     Book: New York
Specifics: Jazz Bar, Live Music, NFT Pick
Phone: 212-283-9728
Website: www.stnicksjazzpub.net/

    
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St Nick’s Pub
Posted by:  Joshua Cochran

Somebody told me the other day that jazz is dying. Well, I looked this fool right in the eye and said, “It ain’t jazz that’s dying, my man, it’s you.” I said this because jazz is more than alive and well, it’s still kicking out teeth. It’s definitely not sitting on some old porch in a rocking chair, not yet, no way. Some of the truest jazz in the City can be heard at St. Nick’s Pub, in Harlem. Monday night jam sessions turn to gold, and Friday and Saturday nights are often standing-room only. Music starts as early as 6pm, but don’t look for things to get sweaty until at least 10pm. The service is down-home and true Harlem charm, and there’s never a cover. There’s also a patio for spillover and for all the smokers. Drinks are a bit pricey in order to cover the costs, but it’s more than worth it. Why pay $20 cover to hear canned jazz when you can come to where jazz—one of America’s greatest contributions to art—sprung from the soils? Don’t be a damn fool and get over to St. Nick’s.

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African Music Night - St Nick’s Pub
Posted by:  Rob Tallia

Highly, highly recommended. A brilliant band shows up every Saturday night to play African music from about 10:30 pm to 4 am. They really get going around the second set, usually from 12:30 to 2 am. Several of them are true hotshots when it comes to instrumentation—including the bass player and the guitarist, as well as the rotating set of four djembe players. The drummers sit up front—as well they should, since even the cheesiest African pop that the band sometimes dredges up is always mitigated by their rhythms. The players and their music are from several different African countries (Mali, Niger, and Cameroon, to name a few) and at least half a dozen of the musicians sing as well. With no cover and $5 beers, you can hang out for several hours and it will cost you no more than $20 all night. Go before it’s not happening any more! You can take the A train to 145th St and St. Nicholas. photo: Rob Tallia

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