Starting in 1966 the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra held a Monday night residency at the club, and these days the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra carries on the tradition. Tuesdays through Sundays are designated for the featured group of the week. Over the years, some of the most famous live recordings in jazz have been recorded at the Vanguard including:
- Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
- John Coltrane's Live at the Village Vanguard
- Sonny Rollins' A Night at the Village Vanguard
Artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel and Martial Solal continue to document their concerts there. They released The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard, and Live at the Village Vanguard, respectively, within the last few years. Currently, Newark radio station WBGO, in partnership with National Public Radio, record Village Vanguard performances and stream them live for online listeners.
Max Gordon died in 1989, and since then his wife Lorraine, now 87, has been in charge. Lorraine is famous for her dry humor and brusque demeanor, and her presence is crucial in helping to preserve the devotional atmosphere of the club. If you talk too loudly, or take a picture with a flash, she will yell at you.
After 75 years, the Village Vanguard is still the touchstone on which recognition as a true force in the mainstream jazz world is based.