The fabulous Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has only two dates remaining at the Village Vanguard in Manhattan-tonight and tomorrow night.
Nate Chinent of the New York Times reports that this big band normally holds court only on Monday nights, but this past week it is celebrating its 47th anniversary, drawing from a repertory fortified by some of the smartest composer-arrangers ever to ply the form.
The long engagement (Feb. 11-18 at 9 and 11 p.m.) is welcome, because it presents the musicians with a chance to really settle in — and also for the simple reason that hearing this band, in this room, is one of the irreducible New York pleasures.
The Village Vanguard is at 178 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014. The telephone is (212) 255-4037.
There is a $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. The VV's website is http://villagevanguard.com.