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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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8:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Finally I got it!

Finally, I got a legend of jazz house where is in west village NY. It is an atmosphere of early American around there. It's my favorite place in NY that is good on jazz. U know... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tsu-shi, Mie, Japan

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Tsu-shi, Mie, Japan
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finally, I got a legend of jazz house where is in west village NY. It is an atmosphere of early American around there. It's my favorite place in NY that is good on jazz. U know John Coltrane? If u were jazz freak, u must know him. Tonight player is his son who is called Ravi Coltrane. Wow!!

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You come here to experience the music, and that is what the Vanguard does best. Cocktails were small, fairly expensive and not particularly good although they were served by a helpful and attentive waiter. But the sound! Just fantastic. I enjoyed John Zorn's Electric Masada here and it was incredible. The early show was short (~ 80 minutes) due to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Was only able to leave a voice mail to make the reservation, so was unsure if we would actually have a place... not to worry, the system works! Only high-quality performers at this establishment. Was just as good as it was 18 years ago! Not to miss when in NYC!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

The classic place for jazz. We purchased tickets in advance, arrived about 40 min before show time and we're seated in the 2nd row. Small table, hard chairs. No cover, 1 drink per person per set. Drink price includes tax and is more than reasonable. Room is down narrow stairs, not huge, and got very warm-not for the clostrophobic .... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We saw the village vanguard band here and it was one of our highlights of the trip! An old speakeasy, typical old school jazz club vibe we found it to be an amazing experience. The quality of the musicianship was second to none of you like jazz this is your spot.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Great Tuesday evening listening to some good jazz played by the Village Vanguard Orchestra. Good atmosphere!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I've been to many venues chasing great Jazz around but I always come back to the best possible place for me. The Vanguard is that place. The music is great and the house rocks. Get there early and enjoy the memorabilia on the walls. Classic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Small and intimate doesn't quite describe this place. You can sit about a metre away from the players, squashed together but that doesn't matter. Jazz history has been made and recorded here - be there !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Heard Billy Hart's band. You go for the music and an attentive audience. $30 plus one drink min. What I like is that it's generally not too loud. We purchased tix in advance but it's not necessary week days I'd guess. I've only gone when I knew the band that was playing so I'm not sure if you can trust... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This place is the real deal. I am a huge jazz fan and I was not disappointed. I stayed for both sets and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Everyone was there for the music and it was great music! And the servers were fantastic too. Always ready to take an order, even in the dark. Take cash if you want to... More 

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