My main hang out these days is right around the corner from my house on Myrtle Avenue in old Fort Greene at an intimate restaurant called Sans Souci. If you are looking for an affordable (no cover, no minimum) evening of serious jazz, this is the place. Every Thursday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. they feature world-class musicians playing innovative and original music along with the classics. Often an invited guest musician will come and sit in because it is a place where they feel welcome and can really play. Chef Basil Jones serves up some wonderful Caribbean fare (the Rasta Pasta is out of sight as is the spicy Jerked Chicken and Honey Garlic wings).
Bill Lee is a jazz bassist, composer and arranger. He has recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, and Simon and Garfunkel. He composed the soundtracks for many of his son, Spike Lee’s films. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.