Listening Temple: The Village Vanguard

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Why does it sound so good in there? Doesn’t matter what instruments or how loud, it always sounds good. Once when I was playing in there they forgot to turn on the PA before the set. No one noticed…

Jim McNeely (whose marvelous big band arrangements of my music are being played this week in Darmstadt and Munich) tells me he used to have to warn cats not to talk, even whisper, onstage because you can hear everything clear as day all the way in the back row. Architect and friend of Greenleaf Music Frank Visconti was fixing things down there and showed me the floor plan he made. Doesn’t answer any questions, but makes for an elegant design.