A Night Out in Harlem at Bill's Place

March 4, 2021

Black History Month always provides a great checkpoint to reflect on aspects of American history that have been vital to creating the country we all live in and benefit from. Here at Artium, we found it important to pause and acknowledge the significant impact of Black Americans in not only America, but the world. Since we place an incredibly high value on the power of practicing your craft with a human touch, we decided it would be a great opportunity to focus on Black musicians-because who better demonstrates dedication to your craft than artists themselves? 

For Black History Month, we opted to head over to Harlem virtually to listen to the smooth blue notes that have defined the Black Gold Jazz standard at Bill’s Place, the last speakeasy still standing on Swing Street.  In its heyday, Fats Waller, James P Johnson, Willie the Lion Smith, and Duke Ellington were all regulars. A teenaged Billie Holiday even got her start here!

Outside of Bill's Place in Harlem

For an hour over Zoom, we enjoyed an entire jazz concert performed by the Harlem All-Stars band led by none other than the legendary Bill Saxon of Bill’s Place.  To imbibe, we enjoyed Uncle Nearest whiskey and McBride Sisters wine, both Black-owned companies.  

Celebrate we surely did, and are so appreciative of the experience!