The staff is friendly and the vibe is perfect for enjoying some of New York's finest jazz musicians, live, Seven days a week.
The waitresses escorts customers to tables, which soon fill up with local aficionados as well as tourists from the world over.
"This is the home of jazz, the traditional jazz" Announces the emcee, whose smile radiates throughout the club. It's Thursday night and Arlene Talley and her new crew are the featured artists. They play an energetic blend of music which is noisy, boisterous and funky.
Newcomers and seasoned musicians stream into the narrow bar with their Trumpets, Saxes, Bongos and vocalists waiting for their chance to perform at the open mike jazz jam session.
As they head for the stage they get a nod of approval and a lucky backslap for good luck from Earl Spain, the cigar smoking owner.
This place is steaming hot, and it's only 10 PM. 737 St. Nicholas Ave. at 149th St. (212) 283-9728