Wynton’s video clip for “Just ask the Locals ” campaign
NYC & Company – the City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization – launched the third phase of the Just Ask The Locals tourist appreciation campaign. The campaign, which features local New York City celebrities and experts offering insider tips and suggestions on what to see and do around the five boroughs, has expanded its online presence to include real-time mobile events updates and enhanced content.
Following you can watch Wynton’s video clip for this campaign and on the Nycgo.com web site you can read his recommendations about great places to have great jazz and food around NY City…
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New York City is the Mecca of jazz. The local clubs are beautiful clubs, like Smalls downtown and Smoke uptown.
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Top 5 jazz clubs in New York City: – Birdland – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola – Iridium – Jazz Standard – Village Vanguard
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Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Always swinging, 365 days a year.
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Stop by the House of Swing.
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The Village Vanguard—it’s an institution.
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Best places to hear live music for free: – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (late-night sets and afternoon battles) – Jazz at the Museum of Modern Art – Jazzmobile – Saint Peter’s Church (Jazz Vespers)
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Cleopatra’s Needle. Sometimes the jam sessions last until four or five in the morning.
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The Zinc Bar is a small, intimate spot where you can get a nice drink and hear some people just completely swinging.
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Fall and winter concerts to look forward to: – The National Jazz Museum in Harlem – Jazz at Lincoln Center – New York Philharmonic – Sidney Bechet Society monthlies at Symphony Space – Anything at Juilliard or Smoke
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Best places in New York City to buy musical instruments: – Manny’s Music – Modern Drum Shop – Rayburn Music – Sam Ash
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Danny Meyer, one of the greatest restaurateurs in the world, owns barbecue joint Blue Smoke, which has a jazz club called Jazz Standard attached to it.
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Top 5 places in New York City to discover up-and-coming musical talent: – 55 Bar – Cleopatra’s Needle – Jazz Gallery – Smalls – Zinc Bar
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Best restaurants with live music: – Jazz Standard/Blue Smoke – Lenox Lounge – Roth’s Steakhouse – Sac’s Place – Sofia’s Restaurant in Edison Hotel
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The Jazz Standard has a wide range of musicians swinging and playing. Danny Meyer, one of the greatest restaurateurs in the world, owns barbecue joint Blue Smoke, which is attached to the Jazz Standard.
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I think that the most important space in New York City is Central Park. It’s the heart of the City. You have space, trees, nature.
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Queens has a history of so many phenomenal jazz musicians. Louis Armstrong lived there, and the Louis Armstrong House has great tours. Plus, Queens College has the Louis Armstrong Archives.
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125th Street. The energy of that street is very different from the other major arteries in the City.
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Masa is a great Japanese restaurant. And the Chef Masa is an artist. I like to just sit there and watch him. He’s a master at work.
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You can catch great basketball on West 4th Street and Sixth Avenue or in Rucker Park uptown.
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The subway system is great to get around, and great to get a feeling for the pulse of the City.
Other participating locals include actress Cynthia Nixon, Bravo’s Top Chef hosts Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Tony Award-winning creator/star of In The Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda, chef Mario Batali, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion (organizers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) Fern Mallis and Sesame Street icons Big Bird and Elmo.
The campaign will run on bus shelters, street pole banners, taxi monitors, airport postings and other media across the five boroughs and is supported by American Express®.
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