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Bill's Place

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Address: 148 W 133rd St, New York City, NY 10030-3300
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+1 212-281-0777

If you want to step back into a bygone era of the small, cozy elbow...

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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Most unique music experience in NYC

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Drew F
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 miss that's cash only and BYOB.

Thank Drew F
San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 is $20 cash and it it BYOB. Tips: There are bottle openers, corkscrews and plastic... More 

Thank shewolfe
Bergenfield, NJ, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 resturants on Malcolm X Blvd..

Thank Gladys4412
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
East Lansing, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 NYC. not to be missed. book early as this is a really small venue. Fun... More 

Thank MaryGMi
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 be on your knee. The band were superb, funny, talented, engaging. We took our own... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 of the way. As an Australian, one thing I wasn't aware of is that for... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!!!

Thank Beliscooper
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

For the $20 cost of the entrance fee, you can't beat an evening here at Bill's Place. We were the first to arrive at 2030, and were given a big welcome, supplied with glasses for our bring a bottle wine, and were able to choose the best seats in the house. Not that there are many of them -you are... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were mesmerized by the sounds coming out of these musicians. They love their craft and it shows. It was an exceptional, emotional and unique experience.

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