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The Village Vanguard

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178 7th Ave New York NY 10011 USA

This jazz club has literally been in the "vanguard" of jazz music and entertaining audiences for seventy years. Here current owner, Lorraine Gordon, remembers how she met her husband, Max Gordon, the club's founder, and how she booked pianist Thelonius Monk's first gig there.

Credits: Interview conducted by Roberta Singer, December 14, 2004. Featured in "Hidden New York" (Rutgers University Press, 2006). Photo by Elena Martinez. (1:12)