The Village Vanguard, 1976. Tom Marcello hide caption toggle caption Tom Marcello Take Five: A Jazz Sampler Peak Performances from the Village Vanguard WBGO May 5, 2008 For jazz musicians, playing at the Village Vanguard is a special event. To record there is a rite of passage. How can you not bring your best stuff, knowing who brought theirs before? Here are five notable glimpses into the world's most famous jazz joint.