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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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Jazz at its best

Book in advance, as it is very small and go here! A real NY experience full of jazz legends on the walls and an amazingly talented "house" jazz band of 16. One of the best NY... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Book in advance, as it is very small and go here! A real NY experience full of jazz legends on the walls and an amazingly talented "house" jazz band of 16. One of the best NY "moments" i have experienced.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

As a jazz enthusiast, I've always wanted to go to the iconic Village Vanguard. I finally got to go! The music was great...the 'house' band with an 88 year old bass sax lead...but there were some French people next to us who talked, laughed and mocked the band! I couldn't believe their rudeness. I even wrote a note which I... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Bought tickets online to this famous jazz establishment. It was Monday night featuring their house big band. They were GREAT! Highly recommend Village Vanguard for authentic jazz. No food is served, and there's a 1 drink (reasonably priced) minimum person. Very small place, get there early for a good seat. Not hard to find at all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I have been going to the Village Vanguard for some 25 years, and on a recent night I was soooo glad to see that it remains (by some length) the most authentic jazz club in the Big A. In fact nothing much appears to have changed, except that you can now book online.... They serve no food, the facilities are... More 

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Surrey, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Before leaving for my trip to NY, I pre-booked a night at the Village Vanguard to see the Barry Harris trio. Easy to find, the little night club is small and cosy (amazing how they fit so many people in!). We chose to sit at the bar where we had a good view (worth arriving at least half an hour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Wow, I had the time of my life here on the coldest night in February. I have loved jazz for most of my 49 years and been lucky enough to watch and listen to jazz in many venues over that time all ove the world. Nowhere, and I mean NOWHERE comes close to The Village Vanguard experience! Authentic in every... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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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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