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Bill Saxton Live at Mintons

Dec 15, 2019

Minton’s Playhouse is a jazz club and bar located on the first floor of the Cecil Hotel at 210 West 118th Street in Harlem and is a registered trademark of Housing and Services, Inc. a New York City.

Bill Saxton Bio

BILL SAXTON, hard bop tenor saxophonist, works hard to keep the soul of jazz alive.

Born and raised in Harlem, Saxton attended school in New York before continuing his post-secondary education at New England Conservatory in Boston. There, he studied clarinet, composition, and arrangement.

Saxton’s career in jazz has been alive since the 1960s. Since then, he’s collaborated with many jazz legends such as Ray Haynes, Jackie McLean, Nancy Wilson, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tito Puente and Mango Santa Maria to name a few. He also is an accomplished bandleader and over the span of ten years was joined by musicians such as Bobby Watson and Hilton Ruiz

Saxton has toured all over the world playing his music; he’s been across Europe, to Japan, and across the islands in the Caribbean. Saxton has composed more than 80 pieces of music, according to his website. He has also traveled with the U.S. State Department to West Africa.

In 2006, Saxton opened the speakeasy Bill’s Place, which is prided to be “New York’s only jazz speakeasy.” Located on West 133rd Street, this historic prohibition-era hotspot was an after-hours hang out for many celebrities such as Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Mom Mabley, and Fats Waller. This spot was also a place where William “the Lion” Smith would play piano and would also be graced by the appearance of a young, lesser-known Billie Holiday. Today, this speakeasy is helping continue the spirit of old, classic jazz.

Some of Saxton’s accolades include receiving critical acclaim from several magazines and newspapers, having his life featured in the Harlem Jazz Museum and being inducted as a jazz legend at the Library of Music. A short documentary about his life called “Living Jazz with Bill Saxton” was made in 2012.


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