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Bill's Place

148 W 133rd St, New York City, NY 10030-3300
+1 212-281-0777
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Definitely one of the best jazz experience I had in NYC. Unique. I would recommend it 100 times if... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Greta K
via mobile
Straight up be-bop with history lesson

The Jazz club is astounding because of its intimacy. It reminded me of when I use to have jam... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Atlanta, Georgia
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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 and lead of the Harlem All Stars
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148 W 133rd St, New York City, NY 10030-3300
+1 212-281-0777
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Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Definitely one of the best jazz experience I had in NYC. Unique. I would recommend it 100 times if I have to. If you wanna hear real jazz this is the place. Definitivamente una de las mejores experiencias jazzeras que tuve en NY. Si tengo...More

Thank Greta K
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The Jazz club is astounding because of its intimacy. It reminded me of when I use to have jam sessions at my house. Yes it is that small. You are right next to the musicians but it doesn't feel crowded. The music is straight up...More

2  Thank Qiitxx
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Set in an old apartment where Billie Holiday was discovered, Bill and three (or more!) other musicians provide an authentically Harlem Jazz experience that is different every time. An excellent night for first time visitors to the neighborhood or NYC residents alike. Really a can't...More

Thank Drew F
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Bill's Place is a former speakeasy with two shows per night in a tiny little venue where you get up close and personal with Bill and his band. The music flows and it is a special little hole in wall to enjoy an evening. Cover...More

1  Thank shewolfe
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Really fun and low key jazz place in Harlem. $20 cover and BYOB. Was a speakeasy and Billie Holliday was discovered there. Also, has a backyard you can sit in. The music was good and the people nice. The neighborhood is quiet and lots of...More

Thank Gladys4412
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Super Jazz in this atmospheric byo speakeasy in a brownstone in Harlem - loved it! Book in advance with Joe, and arrive 30 mins early to grab best seats in this bijou sitting room to hear amazing jazz where Billy Holiday was first discovered.

Thank SeemaBennett
Reviewed 28 March 2016

fantastic jazz in a great setting - like hanging out with the band in the basement. this is a BYO place with a small cover charge. the band was great and shared many stories about the location. This is an unique experience for jazz in...More

Thank MaryGMi
Reviewed 18 December 2015

A truly unique experience, not just in NYC but anywhere. We arrived and the host was very friendly. We went in and it is like being in someone's apartment. The performance area is to the back and you are sitting so close the band could...More

1  Thank travelpartout
Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

Went out to this place last night with a friends of ours who live in NYC and their friends. This is a wonderful little place that only locals seem to know about. The jazz is authentic, the atmosphere is intimate and the location is out...More

2  Thank Seanos70
Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

Underground place, hidden and perfect... The place to go to listen to good jazz... The real one. Book in advance coz there's very limited sitting. Can't miss it if you're looking to have those unique experiences in NY!!!

1  Thank Beliscooper
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has
played a vital role in the history of New York City.
Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is
bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and
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