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The Village Vanguard

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Address: 178 Seventh Ave. South, New York City, NY 10014
Phone Number: 212-255-4037
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fantastic place seemingly from another era

I am a jazz fan from a bygone era. My favorite recording was created here. I walked up to the queue the other night with no expectations but a few hopes: Despite gaining a well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I am a jazz fan from a bygone era. My favorite recording was created here. I walked up to the queue the other night with no expectations but a few hopes: Despite gaining a well deserved reputation in the last 50+ years, that it would still have the look and atmosphere as it did back in the days. The merchandising... More 

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Morrisonville, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Still the ultimate jazz experience. I've been to most of the Jazz clubs in NYC and the Vanguard is still the very best.

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Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

The seating doesn't offer great views of the band. Where we were sitting, we couldn't see the band at all. The atmosphere was cool, but the band wasn't that great. Try to be first in line to get front row seats, and avoid seats along the side wall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

if you are a jazz lover you already know you need to visit this venue - a classic, a joy, pure bliss

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

If you like jazz, no trip to NY is complete without checking in at the Village Vanguard. We had the pleasure of watching the V.V. resident big band twice in one evening, as we happened to visit during the week of their 49th anniversary, and they were playing nightly throughout the week. Usually they just play on Monday nights, so... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

A real gem in the social history of New York City, if you have time and the inclination to hear great jazz performers this would be one of my must-see destinations in NYC. Things you should know: 1. It's down a set of steep basement stairs to a cramped room, reservations are seriously encouraged and to sit closer to the... More 

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Coventry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Everything about this place is as it should be, from walking down to the basement, to the basic feel of the place, good service and just fantastic Jazz. A really great New York experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I’ve been on a jazz binge lately. In the past couple of months I’ve been to three Greenwich Village clubs: Mezzrow, Smalls, and the Village Vanguard. Of these three I would rate the Village Vanguard #1. Easily the most comfortable of these venues, with the better players and more accommodating wait service. While it’s slightly more expensive than the others... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Came here one night and the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra were playing and it was awesome. For one and a half hour they riffed on and it was just a privileged to sit in the same floor as some of the best jazz musicians played, whilst having a drink and just listening to those notes play. Prices are alright for... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Wow! It was everything I thought it would be. Small and donw a short flight of stairs to the basement and crowded with tiny tables but Kenny Barron - Stefon Harris-vb, Elena Pinderhughes-fl, Kenny Barron-p, Kiyoshi Kitagawa-b, Victor Lewis-d kicked it. Worth every single moment.

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