The Village Vanguard is one of jazz's hallowed venues — quite an achievement for a cramped basement room with a capacity of 123 people.
Plenty of folks have traveled across New York City, or across the world, in order to see a show there. But many fans have never enjoyed the privilege, either. So earlier this year, NPR's Mito Habe-Evans went into the club before a show to grab these photos, annotated by NPR contributor Lara Pellegrinelli, who recently finished teaching a Princeton University class about the Village Vanguard. (Click the bottom-right icon to enlarge to full screen.)
If you're curious about what the club sounds like, check out one of the dozens of commercial recordings made at the venue. Or tonight, NPR Music and WBGO present a free live video webcast of the Marc Ribot Trio performing at the club, as part of our Live at the Village Vanguard concert series.