After a pandemic-induced two-year hiatus, world-renowned Smoke Jazz Club, one of NYC’s premier live music venues, recently reopened, and it’s a must-visit for those looking to enjoy live jazz from legendary artists!
An Upper Manhattan cultural staple, Smoke Jazz Club opened its doors on April 9, 1999 and has since become an internationally recognized haven for live music. Legendary artists and rising stars alike have walked through the doors, including Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, and countless others, making the club a beloved home to jazz in NYC.
Due to the pandemic, Smoke Jazz Club spent the past two years hosting modified events, such as livestreams, sidewalk concerts, and outdoor dining, but they’re now back and ready to welcome NYer’s back indoors to enjoy swanky vibes and classic and modern jazz in their expanded space.
“Smoke Jazz Club has so much history,” says husband and wife co-owners Paul Stache and Molly Sparrow Johnson. “Despite the struggles of the last few years, we just knew that the music couldn’t stop here. The past couple of years have not been easy for anyone, but having live music back in the club with everyone together, musicians and listeners, seems like a turning point. We are very excited to take this next step.”
Smoke’s expansion into the two adjacent storefronts has made mandated occupancy restrictions, social distancing regulations, and safety protocols for the staff, musicians, and patrons possible. The add-on of an attached lounge featuring a full-length bar provides more space for guests as well as a larger stage for performers, while still staying true to their previous vibrant space guests have grown to love.
“We are so happy to celebrate the reopening of Smoke Jazz Club. We know we need music not just to celebrate the good times but to get us through the tough times, as well. Congrats to owners Paul and Molly!” said NYC Council Member Shaun Abreu.
Jazz sets take place Wednesday-Sunday at 7p.m. and 9p.m. An additional set is also offered Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30p.m. You can see their full calendar of events and learn more here.
Where: 2751 Broadway (between 105th & 106th Streets)
Hours: Lounge – Wednesday-Sunday, 4p.m. – 12a.m. / Listening Room – Wednesday-Sunday, 5p.m. – 11p.m.