Image Credits: Lorraine Gordon © Thomas Cizauskas
June 12, 2018
The owner of the Village Vanguard passed away on Saturday, June 9, aged 95
Lorrain Gordon, the owner of the legendary Village Vanguard Club in New York, passed away on Saturday, June 9, aged 95.
Married for forty years to the Village Vanguard founder and owner, she took it over from him in 1989, at his death, to become the owner for the rest of her life.
She fell in love with jazz in the 1930s, by listening the music to the radio, and she visited the club for the first time in 1947, when she was just 17. A short time after she met her first husband, Alfred Lion, the founder of the Blue Note record label.
After divorcing from Lion, she married Max Gordon, the owner of the Vanguard, from whom she took over the club after more than 70 years of marriage, at his death.
The Village Vanguard has practically remained unchanged over the years, and has always been renowned for its perfect acoustics: John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins and a lot of great and important artists recorded live albums at the club.
Besides her constant activity for promoting the musical genre, Lorraine Gordon distinguished herself for managing the club with a firm attitude and great managerial skills. It even wasn’t so rare to see her serving drinks.
Lorraine Gordon’s contribution to jazz music was acknowledged by the National Endowment for the Arts, by which in 2012 was awarded a Jazz Masters Award.
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