178 7th Ave S, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.736030 -74.001687
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Old School Boho NY, cash only, make reservations – My aunt is a huge Jazz fan and I am a newbie...we went to see The Heath Brothers and it was a blast. The venue is quaint and very cool and the music was great. The crowd ranged from the young and hip to the old and hipper to those who took themselves way too seriously. The only bad thing was the service. We had the angriest, nastiest waitress I have ever encountered. There was a big in my aunts drink and it took her 30 minutes to replace it and got angry when I asked her about it just thinking she was swamped and needed a gentle reminder. Still...it was a great night. Check it out--a lot of fun.
Good Jazz – While I think the blue note draws better talent drummer wise....sorry I'm impartial....this place is quiet nice to listen to jazz. Old basement feel with tons of famous faces on the wall. You are packed closer together than the blue note and they seat you, were as at the blue note for late shows you can seat yourself. We got a couple free drinks with the purchase of the tickets on a Friday nite.
Awesome Jazz, Surprisingly Intimate – Now I know where this place earned its reputation. The music was stellar, the drinks were above average and the space, while certainly small, made up for its lack of size (or perhaps that was one of its finer qualities) with excellent low lighting, making for a surprisingly intimate evening even considering our close proximity to other couples.
Heavyweight Champion – This is, hands down, the absolute best place to see live jazz anywhere!!! Serious musicians call for serious audiences - everyone including the wait staff respects the no-talking policy here, allowing the listener distraction-less listening. Along with an astounding history, the acoustics of the room make everything sound that much better...
I'm not the most avid jazz fan in the world but I do appreciate fine musical talent. My visit to Village Vanguard this past friday was a first but will not be the last. Walking down the steps and into the basement floor of this legendary landmark fills your senses with wonder. This club has had them all and it was no wonder to catch Jim Hall playing on the Friday night we chose to go. The room is small and seating is crowded but your seats are almost on top of the musicians.
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