Recommended: live jazz NYC venue, 'Bar Next Door'

Last night whilst visiting my musician friend he took us to a tiny basement jazz club in the Village called 'Bar Next Door.' We caught the early set of Alex Lore, a jazz trio (sax, bass, drums). Every seat is within 20 feet of the stage. The acoustics were spellbinding. I remember thinking of the audio shows I've been to, hifi stores, etc, all with dandy sound. However, sitting next to a jazz trio belting it out: wow. Obviously not a fair comparison; rather a good reminder to venture out of the rig room and soak up the live stuff when we can. 
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In the west village is a place called Smalls. In a basement, about 25 seats. Excellent acoustics. Very little amplification used.

Live acoustic jazz in an intimate environment is a terrific template  for natural sound.  I've been frequenting these types of venues for 25 years in the Detroit metropolitan area. Jazz is alive and well and  I'm very grateful for this musical rich environment. Your ears will certainly adopt and recognize true tone and sound of instruments and human vocalists. 
You'll discover  as a result of this exposure that to your ears some components /products get closer to that presentation than others.  Best of all you get to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and emotional power of talented musicians expressing themselves. I can't get enough of these  kinds  of experiences. 😃😃
Tiny place on Christopher St. The 55 Bar.This place is really excellent for local badass jazzbos...David Bowie scouted a few guys from this club and used them on his new Black Star record!! Check it out if in NYC.
It's not in N.Y.C. But if you are ever in Los Angeles there is a place called Vibrato that is owned by the legendary Herb Alpert. (He even plays there once in awhile) It has wonderful acoustics and has live Jazz 6 nights a week. Great venue.