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 at the Village Vanguard. John Rogers for NPR hide caption

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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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David Virelles Continuum

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Following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists, Virelles has quickly become an elite New York jazz player. But his vision is mysterious — a back-to-the-future refraction of Afro-Cuban ritual.

David Virelles Continuum: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Steve Wilson (saxophone), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Peter Washington (bass). John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Wilson, Rosnes, Washington

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A saxophonist, a pianist and a bass player walk into a bar. But the bar happens to be one of the world's preeminent jazz clubs. And they're working as a collective band: no drummer, no hierarchy.

Wilson, Rosnes, Washington: Live At The Village Vanguard

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The Sound Prints Quintet is (L-R): Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh, Joey Baron. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Sound Prints Quintet

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Few jazz bandleaders are as active — and as actively acclaimed — as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas. They've launched a band with friends new and old. Hear a live performance.

Sound Prints Quintet: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Matt Wilson's Arts And Crafts

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Wilson is always a colorful drummer — a timekeeper who exploits all the timbres a snare drum can give him. He's also a colorful personality, a bandleader who wears his goofy joy on his sleeve.

Matt Wilson's Arts And Crafts: Live At The Village Vanguard

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L-R: Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Albert "Tootie" Heath. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Tootie Heath

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Albert "Tootie" Heath was on John Coltrane's first album and would go on to play with every other major name in hard bop. He reunites with the pianist of The Bad Plus and an in-demand bassist.

Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Tootie Heath: Live At The Village Vanguard

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From left, Marc Ribot (guitar), Chad Taylor (drums) and Henry Grimes (bass) performed at the Village Vanguard in New York City on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. John Rogers/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Marc Ribot Trio

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The guitarist has played in just about every conceivable setting. For this live concert, his trio takes on Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, dirty blues, punk energy and fully liberated improvisation.

Marc Ribot Trio In Concert

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Craig Taborn Trio

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The pianist once estimated that he was a member of "15 to 20" working bands — which says something about how much (and how many) fellow musicians value his playing. Hear him perform with his own band.

Listen Now: Craig Taborn Trio In Concert

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Al Foster Quartet

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The great drummer made his debut at the club with Sonny Rollins in the late '60s. Foster has been a sideman to the stars ever since, and now he leads his own band of young guns.

Al Foster Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

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There's a tradition in many New York City jazz clubs: Monday nights are reserved for big bands. The Village Vanguard, the most storied of clubs, has observed this practice since 1966.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard

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Bill McHenry Quartet

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A tenor saxophonist who makes uncommon, beautiful music performs with a new lineup, including the great drummer Andrew Cyrille. Watch the band explore his slow, penetrating tunes.

Bill McHenry Quartet in Concert at the Village Vanguard

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Fabian Almazan

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He's a film composer, a Cuban-American musician and a modern jazzman. It's all on display when the 27-year-old pianist performs with his jazz trio and string quartet. Hear a live concert recording.

Fabian Almazan: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Geri Allen Trio

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It's hard to think of anyone who embodies the dual challenges of tradition and innovation better than composer and pianist Geri Allen. She brought a trio to the club for a live video webcast.

Geri Allen Trio at the Village Vanguard

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Jenny Scheinman's Mischief And Mayhem

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The violinist is one of the most versatile musicians working today — she collaborates with Bill Frisell, Norah Jones and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, among others. Her newest band is in this live recording.

Jenny Scheinman's Mischief And Mayhem: Live At The Village Vanguard

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