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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)


John Chudoba (lead trumpet), Brian Pareschi, Terell Stafford, Scott Wendholt

Dion Tucker (lead trombone)
Jason Jackson, Robert Edwards, 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.

Terell Stafford Quintet

June 25 - June 30

Terell Stafford – Trumpet

Tim Warfield – Saxophone

Bruce Barth – Piano

David Wong – Bass

Johnathan Blake – Drums

One of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player.
— McCoy Tyner

Kevin Hays Trio

July 2 - July 7

Kevin Hays – Piano

Larry Grenadier – Bass

Billy Hart – Drums

There are plenty of talented pianists...but few have Hays' melodic charm and sense of style.
— The New Yorker


July 9 - July 14

Javon Jackson – Saxophone

Jeremy Manasia -Piano

David Williams – Bass

McClenty Hunter – Drums

Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson has roots stretching back to the hard-bop forebearers, having served stints with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, and other luminaries of the lineage. . . Jackson's playing is direct but rarely declamatory—he attacks his lines with a slight obliqueness, the envelope around each note just a bit impressionistic.
— All About Jazz
Vanguard at Night


July 16 - July 21

The Vanguard will be closed Tuesday, July 16th – Sunday, July 21st. We will reopen Monday, July 22nd with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.



Marcus Gilmore

July 23 - July 28

Morgan Guerin – Saxophone/EWI

David Virelles – Piano

Rashaan Carter – Bass

Burniss Travis – Bass

Marcus Gilmore – Drums

It’s hard to think of a drummer who manifests experimental imperatives and idiomatic mastery of a global array of rhythmic codes -- call it Afro-Cuban meets Carnatic meets North African meets second line meets swing — more elegantly, efficaciously and bodaciously than Marcus Gilmore.
— JazzIz

Dayna Stephens

July 30 - August 4

Dayna Stephens – Reeds

Emmanuel Michael – Guitar

Gerald Clayton – Piano (tues – thurs. sun)

Rick Rosato – Bass

Kendrick Scott – Drums


Dayna Stephens can cry and rip it up on tenor, but at heart, he’s a streamlined melodic player. His handsome down-the-middle tone is not too heavy or light, though he can lean either way. His sound is sleek, with very light vibrato. And the lines he improvises are uncluttered and well-organized. His horn sings.


August 6-11 Andrew Cyrille

August 13-18 & 20-25 Bill Frisell

August 27 – September 1 Joe Lovano


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.
— Steinway.com