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Village Vanguard Offers Jazz Calendar

2004 is nigh upon us and you know what that means. You’re going to need a new calendar.

Since you’re reading this, chances are good that 12 months of Justin Timberlake or Britney Spears isn’t what you’re looking for. Jim Hall, Clark Terry, Tommy Flanagan—those are the kinds of stars you want to gaze at as you ponder the mysteries of the leap year and plan your summer vacation. The Village Vanguard is happy to help you out with its first-ever desktop calendar, a cute little bit of ’04 fun that’s the size of a CD jewel case. In fact, if you gave it to someone as a gift, he or she might at first think it’s a CD of jazz recorded at the Vanguard. Nope, it’s a calendar in a CD-case package, but each month features a photo of a different jazz great performing from the stage at the famous New York club.

The photos were taken by Matthew Sussman, who’s been shooting musicians in performance at the Vanguard stage for the last four years. The best of these images are in the calendar, including exclusive photographs of Jackie McLean, Lou Donaldson, Bill Frisell, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis and others. On the opposite side of each month’s card you will find a brief biography sketch of the artist in its photo, focusing primarily on the artist’s relationship with the Vanguard. Makes a good gift for a jazz-loving friend, or for yourself. ($15 isn’t such a selfish splurge.) The Vanguard has a number of other items for sale at its online store like shirts, caps, baby booties and a few other things they’ve managed to put the words Village Vanguard on. To purchase the calendar, head over to

We might as well let you know what’s going on at the actual club these days, too. Maybe your holiday plans include travel that will steer you close to New York City. Last night guitarist Bill Frisell began a two-week run at the club with bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. When that’s over, saxophonist Jackie McLean will do five shows with pianist Cedar Walton, bassist David Williams and drummer Kenny Washington backing him. After that McLean will split but Walton and company will hang around for another five shows, recruiting Vincent Herring to fill the sax chair. Pianist Chucho Valdes’ band will ring in the New Year at the club and January 2004 will bring Vanguard appearances by the Wessell Anderson Quartet (with guest Wynton Marsalis) and Terence Blanchard and Don Byron’s bands. Check the schedule at for exact dates and to buy tickets.

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