Live at the Village Vanguard

Live at the Village Vanguard

Matt WilsonListen to live broadcast recordings from the legendary New York jazz club, presented by WBGO and NPR Music.

Live Broadcast Recordings

  • Brian Blade And The Fellowship Band

    Brian Blade And The Fellowship Band

    One of the world's great percussionists leads a band driven by decades-long friendships, emotionally resonant anthems and flying drumsticks.

  • Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart

    Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart

    Here, the three jazz sidemen come together as a trio. Their format isn't earth-shatteringly new, but after nearly 25 years as a band, their rapport is. Listen to a live concert.

  • Ravi Coltrane Quartet

    Ravi Coltrane Quartet

    After releasing his latest album, last year's Spirit Fiction, the saxophonist put his decade-old quartet on hiatus. He now takes a new group into a venue haunted by the ghosts of his parents.

  • Dave King Trio

    Dave King Trio

    Known for experimentation, The Bad Plus' drummer performs conventional modern jazz on the side. With two underground rhythm-section guys, he travels to one of New York City's most prestigious clubs.

  • Jimmy Cobb

    Jimmy Cobb

    The drummer is 84 — he's been around the jazz scene for a while. He was the drummer on Miles Davis' late-'50s and early-'60s masterpieces. These days, he's still touring the world and leading bands.

  • Kenny Barron Quintet

    Kenny Barron Quintet

    For jazz musicians, Barron is considered an institution. So it's fitting that the pianist gets to celebrate his 70th birthday at another jazz institution. Here, he demonstrates his ebullient clarity.

  • Village Vanguard

    Miguel Zenón Quartet

    As one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But he lives in New York — where his quartet has finally been invited to play the Vanguard.

  • Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds

    Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds

    With his ever-changing Fairgrounds band, the drummer gets to mix and match his favorite musicians. Ballard and a multi-generational band play live in New York.

  • Tom Harrell's 'Colors Of A Dream'

    Tom Harrell's 'Colors Of A Dream'

    At 66, the jazz trumpeter is as busy as ever: His current band has released five excellent albums since 2007 alone. His new, project provides further testament to his prolific composing.

  • Chris Potter Quartet

    Chris Potter Quartet

    The history of jazz is often told as a sequence of epic heroes. Coincidentally, an admired saxophonist has been reading Homer lately. Potter presents his new Odyssey-inspired suite The Sirens.

  • David Virelles Continuum

    David Virelles Continuum

    Following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists, Virelles has quickly become an elite New York jazz player. But his vision is mysterious — a back-to-the-future refraction of Afro-Cuban ritual.

  • Wilson, Rosnes, Washington

    Wilson, Rosnes, Washington

    A saxophonist, a pianist and a bass player walk into a bar. But the bar happens to be one of the world's preeminent jazz clubs. And they're working as a collective band: no drummer, no hierarchy.

  • Sound Prints Quintet

    Sound Prints Quintet

    Few jazz bandleaders are as active — and as actively acclaimed — as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas. They've launched a band with friends new and old. Hear a live performance.

  • Village Vanguard

    Adam Rogers Quintet: Live at the Village Vanguard

    Having long plied his angular brand of post-bop in New York, the jazz guitarist gathered a handful of the city's best musicians for his debut as a leader at the storied enclave. Hear the performance.