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The Village Vanguard through the ages

Tour the iconic West Village jazz club with these photos of the historic Village Vanguard

By Hank Shteamer
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In the case of some NYC landmarks, you have to take their golden-age greatness for granted. Not so with the Village Vanguard, a West Village jazz club that's hosted countless legendary gigs, documented on albums by giants such as Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and Bill Evans. To this day, the Vanguard retains every bit of its cachet. Just ask Jason Moran, the piano luminary who oversees an 80th-anniversary series for the club from March 10 through 15. Check out our slide show to see how the Vanguard has evolved—and in some ways remained exactly the same.

Photograph: Courtesy New York Public Library

Looking north up Seventh Avenue, 1930s

Photograph: Courtesy Village Vanguard

Interior, 1935

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Photograph: Courtesy Village Vanguard

Professor Irwin Corey onstage, 1940s

Portrait of Josephine Premice, Village Vanguard, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947
Photograph: William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress)

Josephine Premice performs, July 1947

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Portrait of Josephine Premice, Village Vanguard, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947
Photograph: William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress)

Josephine Premice performs, July 1947

Photograph: William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress)

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Max Gordon under the canopy, 1950s

The Village Vanguard - 1977

Looking Uptown, 1976

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The Village Vanguard at night
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Tom Marcello

Looking Downtown, 1976

Dexter Gordon & Benny Bailey
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Tom Marcello

Dexter Gordon and Benny Bailey perfom, 1977

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Dexter Gordon Quartet - Village Vanguard
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Tom Marcello

Dexter Gordon, Benny Bailey and Stafford James perform, June 1977

Dexter Gordon - Live at the Village Vanguard again
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Tom Marcello

Dexter Gordon performs, June 1977

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The Village Vanguard 
NY, 2003 Taken on July 30, 2003
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/mbarroso

Interior, 2003

Village Vanguard Taken on October 17, 2005
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Genta

Village Vanguard sign, 2005

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Brad Mehldau Trio at the Village Vanguard Taken on November 22, 2005
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Scott Lenger

Brad Mehldau Trio performs, November 22, 2005

JAZZ: Joe Wilder RIP - playing here with Lewis Nash and Jon Webber at the Village Vanguard, 2006. Joe Wilder,trumpet, Lewis Nash, drums and Jon Webber, bass Live At The Village Vanguard, New York CIty, July 21, 2006. Postscript: Sadly Mr. Wilder passed
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Professor Bop

Joe Wilder performs, July 21, 2006

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Photograph:Maxime Clusel

Exterior, 2007

The Village Vanguard
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Scott Lenger

Exterior, 2008

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Village Vanguard Neon Greenwich Village, New York, July 29, 2009
Photograph: Anthony Auston

Vanguard sign, 2009

Inside the Village Vanguard 
Greenwich Village, New York, July 29, 2009
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Anthony Auston

Interior, 2009

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Brad Mehldau Trio at the Village Vanguard Taken on May 9, 2009
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/John Althouse Cohen

Brad Mehldau Trio performs, May 9, 2009

Village Vanguard, NYC Taken on April 23, 2010
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Charles16e

Interior, 2010

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Village Vanguard Taken on November 18, 2010
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Your Pal Dave

Band performs, 2010

Village Vanguard Taken on November 18, 2010
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Your Pal Dave

Band performs, 2010

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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/ Flickr/Bob Estremera

Interior, 2011

Vanguard
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Daniel Williams

Village Vanguard sign, 2012

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Village Vanguard Taken at the legendary Jazz Club in West Village, NY. Taken on August 6, 2013
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Harold Navarro

Interior, 2013

Performance by the Fred Hersch Trio w/ Joe Lovano at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York. Taken on September 7, 2013
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Harold Navarro

Fred Hersch Trio with Joe Lovano perform, September 7, 2013

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Photograph: John Rogers

Performer onstage, 2014

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