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Bill's Place

Jazz & Blues, Arts & Entertainment, Bars, Nightlife, Restaurants, Entertainment

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Outdoor seating

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108 Reviews

108 Reviews

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10/12/2017

Bill is the man. He sang happy birthday to me. It wasn't even my birthday

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10/12/2017

Very intimate jazz-experience in a relaxed setting. All 4 musicians were incredibly talented.

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10/12/2017

Honestly I thought this place was overrated. My friend had a good point that I was extremely tired when I went there so it's true I might've had a better experience if I wasn't so tired. Still, the music was okay. Not like awesome. I went to a place like this in New Orleans and I really hoped I could feel I was there again but I didn't feel it. Some of the pieces were good but some were so-so. I'm not a musician, so it's not a professional critic and I may even be wrong but I thought drum was way too loud. To me, it didn't sound harmonized. When they go solo I get it, it's the show off time but when they play together, I could barely hear the piano and the base. In a lot of pieces I felt like the piano and the base were buried under the screams of drum and the saxophone. The saxophone was the lead of the band and he played a lot. One point he flip the saxophone upside down and let his spit drip to the floor. They was pretty gross. I liked the place itself a lot though. All the antiquities, the history, the architectural style of the room, etc. I would love to go back there if it was a museum. Maybe I should go back when I'm well rested..

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10/12/2017

Awesome people. Awesome place. Bill is awesome!

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10/12/2017

Outstanding music, outstanding experience. Better music than any other jazz club I've been to in NYC (and I'm a jazz aficionado ☺️).

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1/16/2018

Simple awesomeness. The place is warm and incredibly authentic, people in there is awesome. That's my go to place every time I want to hear some true live jazz music in NYC. Thank you guys

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1/16/2018

Sooooooooooo amazing. Like a private live jazz concert !

20 $ suggested donation but it's the real value of this real Harlem experience ! Could bring some stuffs to drink and eat during concert, must book online before you go !

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1/16/2018

Historic site, with amazing music and vibes. Will definitely return!

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1/16/2018

Love the hospitality there. It's a great historical place for sure.

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2/17/2018

Great place for jazz. Best kept secret

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3/19/2018

Best jazz in NYC!!! It's a hidden gem! Don't forget to take your own booze BYOB

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4/19/2018

I don't give many five stars, and Bill's Place is deserving of it. The venue, pretty much just an old apartment in Harlem, is intimate and full of history. Bill Saxton is a great hard bop style saxaphonist and you tell he's influenced by Benny Gholson and the other tenors of the time.

The best plus: it's cheap and you can bring your own drinks. What more can you want?

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4/19/2018

If you will came late for the price of $20 you might be seated in the hallway. Nothing to see, nothing to listen, nothing to enjoy. Only greediness of the people who running the place and call them-self harlem. Don’t know why.

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5/19/2018

Bill's Place is a quaint throw back to the 1920's speak easy scene. Great music, inviting environment and exceptional host.

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6/20/2018

Amazing music in a very comfortable setting. BYOB

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7/20/2018

Phenomenal place, you can feel the old times there, Congratulation Bill's quartet amazing, incredible, I recommend you, if you live in New York or aré on vacations you must to be there!!

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8/21/2018

Small cozy place with really nice staff, and good music! You can bring your own booze, and have a great night!

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8/21/2018

Great atmosphere. Fantastic music. If you're in or near Harlem, do yourself a favor and pay Bill's a visit.

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8/21/2018

Nice experience. Recommmended to turists

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9/22/2018

Will definitely recommend this place if you're a jazz enthusiast. The atmosphere is always welcoming and the BYOB aspect makes it a great outing with friends n family.

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10/23/2018

Intimate, world-class, all round exquisite experience.

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11/23/2018

The band gets 4 stars for a great find on a Sunday early afternoon! They were so darn cute and I enjoyed them very much. The bartender brought the review down because he was messing drinks up, but hopefully it was just because the poor guy was stressed out or something. We're all hum An here. I would definitely return and recommend. It's old school, but it's a good time and it's tip based. The bands definitely earn their keep!!!

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11/23/2018

Small charming place with lots of jazz history behind. The jazz music was ok.its BYOB place If you come make sure you show up early to get better sitting otherwise you will have to watch the concert over other people shoulders.

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12/25/2018

absolute bomb of a hidden gem in nyc. come here if you’re looking for some super raw jazz up close. Bill is so so funny and lovely in person, and it’s so cool that he’s been running this place for quite a long time now! last but not least the jazz is siiiiiiiick

just remember to byob and book a spot just in case (the place is rly small so there aren’t that many seats)

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12/25/2018

Tight jazz cluc. No bar pressure. Just good music

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1/27/2019

Very unique way to experience jazz music. Can't get much closer to the artists than this. Music is fantastic and storytelling interesting and fun. It was my third time here and definitely not the last one.

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1/27/2019

Looking for a unique Jazz experience in the city - buy a bottle of wine and head over to "Bill's Place" and you will not be disappointed. Awesome music in a small friendly venue. Eat dinner at "Yatenga" before the show and you have yourself a nice night out.

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1/27/2019

Now this is a rare gem of a venue. Located in an original speakeasy venue in Harlem. Brilliant jazz music with Bill on Sax. Bring Your own drinks, sit back and enjoy. A must visit when you are in NYC.

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1/27/2019

It’s great place for jazz, meeting people, get fun and enjoy. Different, strange, warming, relaxing, exciting, small, inviting with incredible atmosphere.

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2/27/2019

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.

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2/27/2019

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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3/29/2019

I've been coming here for about 10 years. I've never seen a bad show. Bill Saxton is thre only consistent, pianist, bass and drummers vary, but always good or great. It is a small place so reservations suggested, but not necessary. If you want the best seats be sure to arrive st least 30 minutes before the show. It is BYOB, no drinks or food served. Admission is now $30 cash only.

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5/1/2019

If you go to NY and want to experience and feel part of jazz history, you don't want to miss this hidden gem. It's in a brownstone in the middle of Harlem, which is where the owner, Bill, lives (hence Bill's place). You want to be there at least 20 minutes before show time, so you can grab on of the 10 or so seats right in front of the "stage", otherwise you'll have to seat on the side room, where you obviously can stil see and hear the performers, but in my opinion you won't experience it the same way.

The show was 90 minutes filled with amazing jazz music. The musicians are all very accomplished and they each tour the world with their music on their own, so getting to experience them so up close and personal is truly a treat. Their eneefy and chemistry was phenomenal. Mind you, this is the place where Billie Holiday was discovered, so truly a piece of jazz history. It was good for my soul, if I could give it 10 stars, I would.

(Oh, and another great thing is that you can bring your own wine, as they don't serve alcohol, but they allow you to bring your own, I mean, does it get any better?)

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7/4/2019

If you are the kind of person who would not give this experience 5 stars, we are not going to be friends as we clearly have different expectations in life.

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8/6/2019

To truly get the feel of the Harlem Renaissance, hit up Bill’s Place. This speakeasy is in the heart of Harlem and was opened by musician Bill Saxton in 2006. Located on the bottom floor of a brownstone that traces its roots back to the Prohibition era, Bill’s Place is a snug, elbow-touching space and the perfect venue to watch world-class jazz.

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10/13/2019

The music and atmosphere are wonderful. If you appreciate jazz in an intimate setting with quality musicians, this is the place. BYOB.

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10/13/2019

A hidden gem in the heart of Harlem. It’s one of the few places where real local New Yorkers can feel at home . Hidden form the rest of the of downtown Manhattan tourist madness.

Michael W.

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5/24/2018

What a treat! We were looking for an alternative to Village Vanguard or Dizzy's and we found it in Bill's Place.

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