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Monday Jazz Room


Every Monday Night

Dick Oatts (lead alto)
Billy Drewes (alto)
Rich Perry (tenor)
Ralph Lalama (tenor)
Gary Smulyan (bari)

Nick Marchione (lead trumpet)
John Chudoba, Terell Stafford, Scott Wendholt

Marshall Gilkes (lead trombone)
Jason Jackson, Dion Tucker, Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)

Adam Birnbaum (piano)
David Wong (bass)
John Riley (drums)

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966.The world-famous Village Vanguard jazz club in New York City booked the newly formed band for three Monday nights that February. Those performances were wildly successful and the engagement was extended indefinitely. The Village Vanguard’s owner, Max Gordon, told Mel Lewis, “We’ll keep it going until it tapers off.” Over half a century and more than 2700 Monday nights later, it still hasn’t. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra stands apart from all other modern ensembles of its kind and is still as strong and vital as ever.
Jon cowherd portrait

Jon Cowherd: Mercy Project

January 31 - February 5

Chris Potter - Saxophone

Steve Cardenas - Guitar

Jon Cowherd - Piano

John Patitucci - Bass

Brian Blade - Drums

Pianist/composer Jon Cowherd is known for employing a fluid language and sincere approach to the keyboard
— Jazz Trail
Walter smith saxophone


February 7 - 12 Walter Smith III

with Matt Stevens, Gerald Clayton, Harish Raghavan, Kendrick Scott

February 13 - 20 Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Anniversary Week

"We'll keep it going until it tapers off." – Max Gordon to Mel Lewis, 1966

February 21 - 26 Joel Ross: Good Vibes

with Jeremy Corren, Kanoa Mendenhall, Jeremy Dutton

February 27 - March 5 Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Sound Prints

with Lawrence Fields, Yasushi Nakamura, Rudy Royston  

Changes come and go in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood, but the basement club occupying 178 Seventh Avenue South since 1935 remains a stable and revered New York City landmark.
— Jed Distler – Steinway.com