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!
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!