Welcome to Bill’s Place. Harlem's only authentic speakeasy got its start in the early years of Prohibition during the 1920's. It was a lawless era of gangsters and illegal drinking in small underground parlors of private houses uptown. Harlem was the home of Swingstreet located on133rd Street between Lenox and Seventh Avenues. Sitting in the middle of the 133rd Street block is Bill's Place at # 148; in the original site,.swinging and jamming the best jazz to be heard anywhere in New York City.
If you want to step back into a bygone era of the small, cozy elbow touching Harlem parlor, with live "in your face" outrageous jazz musicians, you must come to see Bill Saxton, international world class sax man, lead the Harlem All Stars on Friday nights.It is the only experience in town to give you a unique opportunity to be in the same legendary place where the likes of, teenager, Billie Holliday got an opportunity to begin her singing career,and Fats Waller and Willie the Lion Smith were regulars on the piano while enjoying the "bath Tub gin". Bill Saxton, The Harlem Jazz King, keeps the tradition of straight ahead jazz, alive and well, in his joint. Join the legends of Harlem's past in the best of today's jazz by making reservations; and remember, don't forget to bring your own bag, it's a speakeasy and no alcohol is sold. Bring it, on your Friday or Saturday night out uptown and have a blast.
Theda Palmer Saxton, PhD., enjoyed over 30 years in theater/dance, television, arts education administration in New York City. Dr. Palmer Saxton created The Professional Performing Arts School for Community School District Two on West 48th Street in New York City with the support of parents, fellow educators and administrators. Her parallel career as a distinguished Lecturer and author in the research of women’s issues is embodied in her publications, “The Seasoned Woman” and “Airing Her Dirty Linen”, and her online blog/newsletter, Ask Dr. Theda. She hails from the Midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri.OFFICIAL SITE
William E. Saxton is a native New Yorker. Born in Harlem Hospital, and raised just blocks away on Seventh Avenue, between 147 and 146 Streets. When, Bill the young musician, left New York to pursue a degree in music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated into world of jazz icons whose support would shape his professional attitude and musicianship for years to come. Clark Terry and Frank Foster were his mentors, who would serve as his core idols and friends, throughout his career. For over 30 years, Bill has performed with the top names in the business at home and aboard. He is currently the only Harlem born Black jazz musician, to own the location in his hometown/village, where pure jazz is the only attraction. Bill Place represents Bill’s dedication to straight ahead jazz. He reigns as Harlem’s Jazz King.OFFICIAL SITE
Address: 148 W 133rd Street (btw Lenox and 7th avenue), New York, NY 10030
Days Open:Fridays and Saturdays
Donation Request: $20.00
Remember to: BYOBB
For reservations:click here or call 212-281-0777
For Private parties please contact Rachel Reyers, Club Manager or Acilegna Santos, Event Marketing/Planning/PR at Billsplace133@gmail.com