Live At The Village Vanguard Hear live performances every month from the legendary New York jazz club, presented by WBGO and NPR Music.
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Brian Blade And The Fellowship Band

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One of the world's great percussionists leads a band driven by decades-long friendships, emotionally resonant anthems and flying drumsticks.

Brian Blade And The Fellowship Band: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Left to right: Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart and Peter Bernstein. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart

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Here, the three jazz sidemen come together as a trio. Their format isn't earth-shatteringly new, but after nearly 25 years as a band, their rapport is. Listen to a live concert.

Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet

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After releasing his latest album, last year's Spirit Fiction, the saxophonist put his decade-old quartet on hiatus. He now takes a new group into a venue haunted by the ghosts of his parents.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Dave King Trio

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Known for experimentation, The Bad Plus' drummer performs conventional modern jazz on the side. With two underground rhythm-section guys, he travels to one of New York City's most prestigious clubs.

Dave King Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Jimmy Cobb

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The drummer is 84 — he's been around the jazz scene for a while. He was the drummer on Miles Davis' late-'50s and early-'60s masterpieces. These days, he's still touring the world and leading bands.

Jimmy Cobb: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Kenny Barron Quintet

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For jazz musicians, Barron is considered an institution. So it's fitting that the pianist gets to celebrate his 70th birthday at another jazz institution. Here, he demonstrates his ebullient clarity.

Kenny Barron Quintet: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Miguel Zenón Quartet

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As one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But he lives in New York — where his quartet has finally been invited to play the Vanguard.

Miguel Zenón Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds

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With his ever-changing Fairgrounds band, the drummer gets to mix and match his favorite musicians. Ballard and a multi-generational band play live in New York.

Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Tom Harrell's 'Colors Of A Dream'

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At 66, the jazz trumpeter is as busy as ever: His current band has released five excellent albums since 2007 alone. His new, project provides further testament to his prolific composing.

Tom Harrell's 'Colors Of A Dream': Live At The Village Vanguard

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Chris Potter Quartet

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The history of jazz is often told as a sequence of epic heroes. Coincidentally, an admired saxophonist has been reading Homer lately. Potter presents his new Odyssey-inspired suite The Sirens.

Chris Potter Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

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