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Any upcoming or established artist will make an appearance at this Village institution, the granddaddy of New York's jazz scene. In the past, Village Vanguard has hosted the likes of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, making it a popular tourist destination. Take Mom and Dad when they visit, and let them pick up the $30 to $35 admission price.
They started years ago by tipping the hat to Gunther Schuller, but the charts that guide their action always find a way to give the maestro's third...
Various projects and various collabos fly by. But when the Puerto Rican McArthur Grant recipient blows the whistle and calls home his decade-old working band, it's an event. Zenón's alto agility is bad ass, period. The way his associatesLuis... More »
Expect the band to have its chemistry refined: This is the final half of the tenor saxophonist’s two-week stint. McHenry is an improviser who goes out of his way to dodge a cliché, and he’s built a remarkable outfitpianist Orrin Evans, bassist... More »
These are the 10 best jazz shows in New York this month. (Here for more on Jazz Appreciation Month.) Steve Coleman and Five Elements Switching from its longtime format of guest curators in favor of ... More »
Hard to say which is better: the story in LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD, or the witty prose of its author, Max Gordon (1901-91), also the beloved club owner. He first set up shop on Charles Street in 1935, but quickly tired of playing traffic cop: The room had a single exit and only one toilet. The venue would move to its present location--formerly a speakeasy called the Golden Triangle--about a year later. Enter the bohemians, poets, comedians, and folksingers: Leadbelly, Pete... More »
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