Best Club Memoir New York 2001 - Live at the Village Vanguard
Hard to say which is better: the story in LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD, or the witty prose of its author, Max Gordon (1901-91), also the beloved club owner. He first set up shop on Charles Street in 1935, but quickly tired of playing traffic cop: The room had a single exit and only one toilet. The venue would move to its present locationformerly a speakeasy called the Golden Triangleabout a year later. Enter the bohemians, poets, comedians, and folksingers: Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Carol Channing, and Lenny Bruce all performed at the Vanguard as fledgling talents. Since the switch to an all-jazz policy in 1957, the club has hosted Monk, Dizzy, Miles, and countless others. Lorraine Gordon now runs the old haunt and sells her late husband's book from behind the bar. The Village Vanguard is located at 178 Seventh Avenue South.