Show: 7:00 p.m. // Cover: $25
A prolific, chart-topping smooth jazz hit maker with so many airplay classics that he merited a 2014 compilation called JAZZ GEMS : THE BEST OF NILS. The versatile Munich born, Los Angeles-based composer, guitarist and producer launches into the next phase of his multi-faceted career with ALLEY CAT, his most explosive, infectious and sonically creative album yet. Nils’ sensational, ultra-melodic tracks offer a range of musical vibes for everyone’s tastes, from retro soul-jazz and high energy hypnotic funk to sensual, silky ballads. Like a sly ALLEY CAT, Nils is always adding fresh new sounds to keep his music hip, slinky and sexy! - Jonathan Widran
Nils (pronounced Neels) moved to L.A. in the mid-80s. He started doing sessions as a rhythm guitarist for everyone from Rick Braun to The Temptations. Over the years, he has worked with greats like George Clinton and he contributed as a musician and co-writer of “Keep Rollin’” on George Benson’s 1998 album Standing Together. The guitar legend returned the favor by recording a duet with Nils on Nils’ 1998 debut CD Blue Planet.
His solo career really took off in 2005 when his hit song “Pacific Coast Highway” stayed at #1 on the Radio chart for 11 weeks and was named by Billboard as the most heavily played track in the smooth jazz format over the past 15 years with over 30,000 spins. Several #1 hits followed and established Nils as one of the driving forces in contemporary jazz today.