Bill's Place, New York City

4.8
Styled after the speakeasies and jazz joints of 1920s and '30s Harlem, Bill Saxton serves up real jazz and tells the story of the history of the original "Swing Street". Billie Holiday, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and Mae West, Langston Hughes, and "Moms" Mabley, who all strolled, sang, and played their ways down W133rd, and yes - even #148, are all characters in this amazing chapter in Harlem history.

Mr. Saxton is so proud to be one of those characters, doing his part to perpetuate the culture and spirit of the original "Swing Street" with Bill’s Place.

Bill performs every Friday night, doors open at 8:30PM for 2 shows at 9 and 11.

Admission is $20 per person.
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  • This place was a Speakeasy back in the 1940s and fortunately it keep its mysterious and enchanting atmosphere. A small place where a selected crowd can come and listen to great jazz. Both musicians an...  more »
  • Watched Patience Higgins lead a quartet tonight and left with overcome expectations and a big smile on my face. All four musicians were incredibly talented. I had seen Marcio before and love him and w...  more »
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  • An extremely cozy and nice venue where they play jazz! I have never been to such authentic places like that! If you are in NYC don’t lose a moment to have that experience! Jazz in Harlem! Where else could it be so delicious? It’s closely located to the metro station, so you won’t get lost. Bill’s place is very small and that what makes you feel at home. I liked its old-fashioned interior, adorable music instruments, and the performance itself, indeed. I was listening to the music just in front of the band. I saw them playing their instruments so passionately that I wanted to join them! Guys are very dedicated to what they do and play music wholeheartedly. You will feel that when see them yourselves. One more advantage of Bill’s place is that you can see the true Harlem. Late in the evening, the neighborhood is all about its real self. Random people walking along the streets, policemen are up not to let anything bad happen there. I didn’t feel scarred, vice versa, I liked the ambience of one the interesting and unconventional or maybe conventional areas in NYC that’s is to be visited.
  • A great experience. It is a bit loud since it is small, so I would highly suggest eat plugs. But the Bebop flies here. Definitely worth the price. It's sort casual. It's almost like sitting in on a rehearsal, except it's a show. These guys really fly good together.
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