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Village Vanguard

178 7th Avenue South
212-255-4037

History:

THE VILLAGE VANGUARD Of New York's great jazz rooms, the Village Vanguard has the edge in terms of historical pedigree, sound, unique physical space, and ever-broadening booking policy, representing jazz across many generations and aesthetic viewpoints. The calendar is something: radical offerings from Henry Threadgill and John Zorn alongside great and underrated pianists George Cables, Kirk Lightsey, and Harold Mabern; young bandleaders of note such as Fabian Almazan and Rudy Royston next to established masters Fred Hersch, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, and Dave Douglas.  

The Vanguard Opened in 1935 under Max Gordon, who ran it until his death in 1989. (The 80th anniversary is soon upon us, with 91-year old Lorraine Gordon, Max's Widow, still at the helm.) Classic Live at the Village Vanguard albums abound - suffice it to say that examples by John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Bill Evans leap to mind. Now bands play for six nights straight, which means they're allowed to grow and evolve. There's a beauty in seeing saxophonist Ravi Coltrane invent and push ahead with his exraordinary quartet on the same bandstand where his father brought enduring glory to the Vanguard name back in '61.



Reviews

Jason Oermann

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Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
THE place to go for jazz in the city. The history of this venue is astounding. You can’t get any better than the Village Vanguard. Monday nights are especially great because the house big band will play music from past bandleaders such as Thad Jones. The talent that consistently comes here is always above average. Seating can be first come, first serve, recommend coming 40-30 hour before your set time to guarantee the best space/view.

Chris Hannant

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Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
Wonderful night and well organized, we had a great view quite close to the front. The sound was great and the waitresses were discreet but attentive. I would advise to arrive early to assure yourself of a good seat. We arrived 35 minutes before the performance and waited around 15 minutes before the doors opened. Over in we were seated quickly and were soon enjoying it drinks and some great music. Definitely going back.

Carlyle Witherell

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
Incredible jazz club. The Vanguard Jazz orchestra put on an incredible show. A must see. I will certainly return.

Nathan Bissell

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Friday, May 25, 2018
This is a pilgrimage for jazz fans. The sheer amount of jazz icons that have performed in this venue is staggering. Don't miss the Vanguard Orchestra on Monday nights!

Glm X

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Friday, May 4, 2018
The music is always great! The crowd is always their for the music. This is what makes the village vanguard the greatest club in the world! Gmx tour manager for the great musicians around the world. Peace

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