Underground Jazz, Jokes, and Poetry

Summer for the City 2023 has come to an end!
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Introducing the Upper West Side’s summertime pop-up cabaret: The Underground at Jaffe Drive, open from June 24–August 2. Designed by Tony Award-winning costume and set designer Clint Ramos, The Underground is a literal underground performance spot—hidden below Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza—that intentionally evokes the Bohemian history of downtown NYC counterculture. Stop by on Wednesdays for stand-up comedy, booked by comedian Suzette Simon of NY Laughs; check back on Saturdays for spoken word and poetry nights, curated by Lincoln Center Poet-in-Residence Mahogany L. Browne; and beat the Sunday Scaries with free world-class music presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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