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Peak Performances from the Village Vanguard

The Village Vanguard, 1976.
Tom Marcello
The Village Vanguard, 1976.

For jazz musicians, playing at the Village Vanguard is a special event. To record there is a rite of passage. How can you not bring your best stuff, knowing who brought theirs before? For the rest in the room and around the world, these will be moments that open jazz conversations for years to come. Here are five notable glimpses into the world's most famous jazz joint.

Copyright 2008 WBGO

Gary Walker