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Lorraine Gordon, Owner of the Village Vanguard, Dies at 95

For more than 65 years, she helped maintain jazz's most storied venue

Lorraine Gordion at the Village Vanguard, 2003
Lorraine Gordon at the Village Vanguard, 2003

Lorraine Gordon, longtime owner of the Village Vanguard jazz club in New York and widow of its founder Max Gordon, died on the morning of Saturday, June 9, at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. She was 95 years old.

Her death was confirmed by Jed Eisenman, the general manager of the Village Vanguard. Eisenman said that the cause of death was complications from a stroke that Gordon suffered on Memorial Day.

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