I was 15 years old when I first went to Billy's bar in midtown Philly along with trumpeter Nick travis. Nick and I were classmates from Kindergarden to High School and Billy's was the meeting place for any big band musicians who were within travel distance after their gig was competed. There were jam sessions that lasted until the we small hours.Nick was hired by Johnny Magee to begin his career in the big band world. Yes we were kids but illy tolerated us if we behaved ourselves. All the greats knew Billy Krechmer and his place.