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NYT: Bill’s Place in Harlem Bringing Bebop Back Home

Karsten Moran for New York Times
Karsten Moran for New York Times

Phillip Pantuso
NY Times

Around 8 p.m. on a recent Saturday, a few dozen people were gathered in a narrow, dimly lit Harlem brownstone. Couples smoked in the backyard beneath Christmas lights; a group of Chilean expats sought a corkscrew; a man and his young son searched for seats.

From the basement downstairs, Bill Saxton, a bebop saxophonist, could hear the anticipatory chatter. All these people had come to his place. A few minutes later, standing with his band in the tiny parlor, he honked his sax loudly. The track lights dimmed.

“Welcome to Bill’s Place,” he told the crowd.

Source: NY Times

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