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“Great experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Village Vanguard

The Village Vanguard
178 Seventh Ave. South, New York City, NY 10014 (Manhattan)
212-255-4037
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Ranked #13 of 784 Nightlife in New York City
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Jazz Bars, Clubs
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Long Beach, CA
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“Great experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Went last night. Really enjoyed ourselves. Great jazz. Recommend to anyone who enjoys good music. The service was fine, the ambiance funky.

Visited April 2013
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“Great Venue!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

By no means a Jazz expert, my very first visit to the Village Vanguard was actually a seminal event for me musically. I had the pleasure of seeing Tom Harrell's sextet perform his newest composition "Colors of a Dream" in the nostalgic and historic Vanguard setting. He was accompanied by Esperanza Spalding and Jameel Shaw, among others. I sat in this great Jazz institution completely enthralled by it's intimacy, acoustics and vibe. A one drink minimum is fair and it's not too pricey. The only complaint is that an early show has to clear out pretty quickly to make way for the second seating. Esperanza Spalding's voice is like listening to sunshine......

Visited March 2013
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“Absolutely not worth going, unless you want to spoil your evening (repeatedly) with rudeness of the service .”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

If you are sentimental about jazz history - take a picture of Village V from outside and that will leave you with better sentiments. There is nothing inside this place that holds up to its history. Go listen to great musicians anywhere else in the city- there is definitely no shortage of excellent jazz clubs in NYC. We spent 10 days in NY going to several jazz clubs every evening- all were truly awesome, except this one.

BTW this review is based not only on my sole bad experience - several of my friends encountered the same problem at VV.

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“center of the jazz universe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I spent many memorable nights listening to the world's greatest jazz artists at the Vanguard. It is still the center of the jazz universe for me and for many, but one goes to the Village Vanguard for the music - not to talk, not to socialize, not to drink. Of course you can do any of those, but those are incidental. This is THE jazz spot. When one nabs a table close to the stage you can find yourself lost in the magic of creative improvised music. Miles and Trane and Bill Evans are gone, but on any given night at the Vanguard, lightning can strike and new legends are born. It's the music, and nothing else matters.

Visited September 2012
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Rochester, New York
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“Village Vanguard Not To Be Missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We visited the Village Vanguard the evening of Feb. 17, 2013 to see/hear the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Visiting this club has been on my bucket list for years. I'm an amateur student of history for certain things and try to visit historical sites whenever traveling. Civil War (Gettyburg, check), Jazz (Village Vanguard, check) you get the idea...well now I can cross this stop off my bucket list. WOW! Make no mistake, you'll be underwhelmed with the elegance or level of ostentation...and it's definitely not ADA compliant (narrow, steep stairway in and out). But the music history which has happened here and is still happening is without parrallel. The Vanguard Orchestra is keeping the fire that was started by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis years ago alive and well. We ordered our tickets ahead of time online and I highly recommend that method. We ended up being seated together as a group of 8, right near the door and saw innumerable people turned away since the show was sold out. Cramped, yeah. Drinks not exactly fancy, OK. Dark, and not particularly spic and span, yup. There is probably dust older than I am (56 years old) on some of those pipes overhead, but the stories those walls could tell? The sound quality? Amazing...I'm no acoustic engineer, and some have speculated that the unique floor plan (triangular with poles, columns, etc. all jumbled together with overheard piping for plumbing etc.) has somehow come together to provide exquisite sound quality with very little need for amplification, mixing, etc. The audience was very respectful of talking, no cameras, etc.

If you are a student of music history, and like jazz...then you must visit the Village Vanguard.

Visited February 2013
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