Music: Rise of the Music Room

When the pie-shaped slice of Manhattan night life known as the Village Vanguard was getting started two decades ago. it had a performer named Judith Tuvim, who later blossomed into Judy Holliday, and the occasional services of a skinny young accompanist, fresh out of Harvard, named Leonard Bernstein. Since then more green talent has ripened in the Vanguard's cellar than in any other place in town—Folk Singers Burl Ives and Richard Dyer-Bennet. Comics Wally Cox and Roger Price, Singers Eartha Kitt and Pearl Bailey. It was the Vanguard that sent Harry Belafonte, a...

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