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Field Notes: Charles Lloyd at the Village Vanguard

A cause for celebration as the iconic venue turns 80

Charles Lloyd Quartet (L to R: Lloyd, Reuben Rogers, Jason Moran and Eric Harland)

There was plenty to celebrate at the Village Vanguard on Sunday night. First of all, the iconic space itself: the evening was the culmination of a weeklong celebration of the Vanguard’s 80th anniversary curated by Jason Moran. Each night took its theme from a different aspect of the room’s history, including poetry, comedy folk music, solo piano and Monk.

Then there was the headliner, as the evening happened to coincide with the birthday of Charles Lloyd, three years younger than the venue itself. To mark the occasion, Lloyd led his justifiably beloved New Quartet (not coincidentally featuring Moran on piano) through two sets at the apex of the vaunted basement triangle.

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