The Village Vanguard is a legendary Jazz club in the West Village (Greenwich Village) with live Jazz nightly at 8pm and 10pm.
The Village Vanguard Story
Max Roach opened the club as a folky poetry night club in 1935. The most popular shows were Sunday afternoon Jazz jam sessions.
Roy Eldridge became a popular booking, and the club helped launch the career of Thelonious Monk.
Jazz was so popular that The Vanguard became a Jazz club in 1957. Since then, just about everybody who is anybody in Jazz played there. Today The Vanguard is NYC’s oldest operating Jazz club.
Monday nights with the Village Vanguard Orchestra are always popular. One of the club’s cool traditions is that gigs run for an entire week, Tuesday through Sunday. That gives artists a chance to really sink into the room.
Whenever you walk into The Village Vanguard, feel the spirit of the great Jazz artists who have played there.