Videotaping the Official Oral History of St. Nick’s Pub
Featuring the Sugar Hill Quartet and a Jam Session
(While We Are Still Here received the support of Humanities NY )
…heritage in all its forms must be preserved, enhanced, and handed on to future generations as a record of human experience and aspirations, so as to foster creativity in all its diversity and to inspire genuine dialogue among cultures...
—From the United Nations "Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and Creativity,"
The Sugar Hill Quartet to share their oral histories of
St. Nick’s Pub at Bill’s Place
While We Are Still Here (WWSH) ensures that the “post-gentrification” community of Harlem and beyond will honor and find a meaningful connection to the legacy of African American achievement, and its paramount importance to world culture.
To create lasting tributes to the movers and shakers of Edgecombe Avenue and beyond by erecting, publishing, and presenting: a monument, a book, and a series of public events. WWSH will also collect oral histories.
Will educate, enshrine, and preserve the extraordinary legacy of two historical landmark buildings that were vital to the intellectual, cultural, social, and political advancements of the Harlem community and the African Diaspora.
Programming In the Arts and Humanities.
On March 22, 2018, the famed Harlem nightspot, St. Nick’s Pub, burned down.
For decades the Sugar Hill Quartet was the house band for the Monday night jam sessions.
While We Are Still Here will be taping the oral histories of the members of SHQ—Patience Higgins, Marcus Persiani, and David F. Gibson—as well as Bill Saxton, who was also a Pub presence, and other musicians, patrons, and some of the proprietors, for a film.
Bill’s Place is a former speakeasy, where Billie Holiday had her first gig in New York City.
If you would like to share you oral history of St. Nick’s Pub, call 929-266-3952.
Interviews followed by music