Village Vanguard

Jazz Club / Live Music Venue
Village Vanguard Opened in 1935 and host over the years to music greats including everyone from John Coltrane and Miles Davis to Barbara Streisand, Village Vanguard remains one of the city's most famous jazz venues. New York United States 40.735999 -74.001581
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Village Vanguard - Jazz Club | Live Music Venue in New York.
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Party Earth Review Opened in 1935 and host over the years to music greats including everyone from John Coltrane and Miles Davis to Barbara Streisand, Village Vanguard remains one of the city’s most famous jazz venues. The dedicated black... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily shows at 8pm and 11pm, additional show Sa 12:30am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Village Vanguard Review

The Scene

Opened in 1935 and host over the years to music greats including everyone from John Coltrane and Miles Davis to Barbara Streisand, Village Vanguard remains one of the city's most famous jazz venues.

Opened in 1935 and host over the years to music greats including everyone from John Coltrane and Miles Davis to Barbara Streisand, Village Vanguard remains one of the city’s most famous jazz venues.

The dedicated black-clad jazz diehards and entertainment professionals who squeeze through the tiny door and down the narrow staircase every night find themselves in an intimate basement club fitted out with not much more than a modest stage and small bar.

Brass instruments and a collection of black-and-white photos of jazz greats form the backdrop for the low-key groups of NYU music students and Vanguard veterans chatting at tiny tables, but the buzz of conversation dies down once the lights dim and the night’s performers make their way across the elevated walkway to the instrument-cluttered stage.

From that point, the music takes over as twinkling piano lines and gut-rumbling bass notes wash over the silently nodding crowd, occasionally eliciting a round of appreciative hoots after an especially wild solo.

Time has clearly been good to the Village Vanguard, whose moody atmosphere, sophisticated attitude, and exceptional music continue to draw a devoted crowd of jazz lovers.

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Tip from Jonah:

For all its downtown cool, this place is kind of a stickler for tradition – they like a quiet, moody feel, and they enforce it. If you’re rolling with a chatty group who are attached to their Blackberrys, you might want to save a stop at the Vanguard for a different night.

  • Crowd

    Successful local professionals, NYU music students, older jazz lovers, and Village stalwarts, 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Two sets of live jazz Sundays through Fridays, with three sets on Saturdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    One drink minimum with cover charge.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $25. Beer $7+, wine $12/glass or $40/bottle, cocktails $10+, soft drinks $5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Cool casual: turtlenecks, blazers, nice jeans, leather shoes, blouses and skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the larger crowds and hotter sounds.

  • Close By

    Blue Note (131 West 3rd Street), New York’s other famous jazz hangout, is just a short walk away.

Village Vanguard User Reviews

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All That Jazz
Brian Z. Feb 19, 2013
The Village Vanguard is an institution in New York City jazz circles, and for good reason: jazz permeates every corner of this tiny club. From the candles that flicker on every table to the portraits of jazz greats that line the walls, everything about this place makes you want to start growing out your soul patch. The stage, which is so close that people in the front row can rest their chins on it, has seen countless jazz legends grace its hardwood floors. In fact, many classic jazz albums were recorded right in this very space. Sure, it’s a tight fit, and you can forget about going to the bathroom in the middle of a performance, but the acoustics are so good and the vibe so authentic that your mind has little room for anything else but the music. Tickets can be expensive, especially for big name acts, but you get what you pay for. The Village Vanguard is a one of the hottest spots in the world for jazz music, the mecca for all things swing. So if you’re ever in the mood to sit back in the dim lights, order up a scotch-and-soda, and snap your fingers to a laid-back groove, then direct your feet to the Village Vanguard. Can you dig it?
Jazz as it should be
Chris K. Nov 16, 2012
Man, forget snazzy well-lit places like Blue Note, with their piano sign and their turkey clubs--the Village Vanguard is a dark basement lined with portraits of jazz musicians that still has the slight smell of now-outlawed cigarette smoke drifting through it. The staff, though a little aloof, are cool and kind, and the music played on the small stage against one side of the wall is hot as Hell. Not every night at the Vanguard is a wonderful one; this basement space can be packed, but it can also be totally dead during the week. That said, if you want jazz in New York city below Harlem, forget about it, this is the place for you. Good times, my damie.
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