The Village Vanguard is a jazz club located at 178 7th Avenue South in Greenwich Village, New York City. The club was opened on February 23, 1935, by Max Gordon. At first, it featured a variety of acts including folk music, poetry, comedy and reviews, but switched to a primarily all-jazz format in 1957.
Over 100 jazz albums have been recorded at the venue since the album under Sonny Rollins’ name in 1957. The two most famous engagements in the club’s history are probably those of Bill Evans and John Coltrane, both of which took place in 1961. Wynton Marsalis regularly recorded at the club in the early 1990s; the results were issued in a multi-disc set. Other musicians to release notable albums recorded live at the Village Vanguard include Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Chris Connor, Keith Jarrett, Bill Frisell, Joshua Redman, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan, Michel Petrucciani, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, Stan Getz, Tommy Flanagan, Barbra Streisand, and Brad Mehldau. Since Max Gordon died in 1989, the club has been run by Lorraine Gordon, his widow.