New York

Ain’t Misbehavin’: Jazz in the Big Apple

Visit one of the jazz capitals of the world to learn about the history of the genre at museums, meet with current musicians and take in live shows at the city’s iconic jazz clubs.
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Program No. 23299RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

New York derives its world-famous nickname ‘The Big Apple’ from 1920s Jazz Age slang. Rich with Jazz history, New York remains one of the best places for live music in the country. Visit neighborhoods like Harlem and Greenwich Village where the genre was cultivated and still pulses today. Meet an industry professional for an insider’s perspective on the life of a Jazz musician, and find out how jazz flourished from the African American experience during the Harlem Renaissance by exploring the National Jazz Museum. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Jazz program without live Jazz performances to appreciate the colorful art form.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 3 miles per day on city sidewalks, riding subway, climbing stairs. Up to 6 hours of moderate to fast-paces activities per day.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take a field trip to Harlem’s National Jazz Museum to explore the history of the musical genre.
  • Indulge in an exclusive jazz listening party by musicians and scholars at the Jazz Academy at Lincoln Center.
  • Take in live jazz performances in some of the city’s most iconic clubs, including a finale at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
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Angela Christensen
Angela Christensen is a licensed New York City excursion leader who has extensive experience in event planning and hospitality. She worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society managing events in the Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Prospect Park, the Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. Now, she loves showing off her city with lifelong learners from around the world!

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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