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Guitar | Friday, May 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

German born guitarist and composer Nils resides since the mid-80′s in southern California. After visiting the musician institute in Hollywood Nils started in the 80′s as an engineer in a recording studio. There he found the possibility to learn all technical tricks of recording, which was very helpful to record his first album Blue Planet, which was released in 1998 and received high acclaims. After composing for movie and TV Nils had the chance to work with George Benson, Paul Brown, The Temptations, Rick Braun, Gabriella Anders, Gerald McCauley, Paul Jackson Jr., Gerald Albright among others.

He returned to his solo career in 2005 with the album Pacific Coast Highway which became an instrumental sensation. The hit single of the same name was staying at #1 on the Radio & Records airplay charts for more than seven weeks on its way to being named the most played Smooth Jazz track on US Radio of the decade 2001-2010. Nils 2007 recording Ready To Play kept the PCH momentum going and his 2009 CD Up Close And Personal scored three popular airplay singles  all of which led to his nomination for Best Guitarist at the American Smooth Jazz Awards. Jump Start, the aptly titled first single from his new album What The Funk? (2010), is off to a great start at radio and is currently at #2 in the Billboard Jazz Song Charts.

Nils is the only German Artist who landed a #1 hit in the US charts.

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“The word Narcisse is derived from a Greek myth. Narcissus was a handsome Greek youth who rejected the desperate advances of the nymph Echo. As punishment, he was doomed to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. Unable to consummate his love, Narcissus pined away and changed into the flower that bears his name, the narcissus.”

“We tried to create a place that would be favorable to both men and women, and we think we have found it with the combination of champagne and tea,” Owners, Todd Rosenbaum and Tom Zummo.

Located in the heart of Scottsdale at the Scottsdale Quarter, Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge combines a sexy vibe with nonstop energy and entertainment. Featuring live music from Jazz to electronic, all subtly filling the background but entertaining the soul.

This unique Champagne & Tea Lounge is suited to fulfill the desires and needs of the affluent self loved characters from all the surrounding areas of Scottsdale to metro Phoenix. The champagne bar will serve as an upscale destination with an air of sophistication and sensual style. The atmosphere inter mingles genres of stately old world opulence with a nuance of modern charm. Narcisse is a unique gathering place intended to stimulate the senses of taste sight and sound. Its progressive atmosphere will tease, excite and celebrate these senses continually throughout the experience.

Once seated, you’ll have the opportunity to pour through the many-paged, leather-bound menu of drinks, light appetizers and desserts. My advice: unless you’re a bona-fide champagne aficionado, ask the server for recommendations. They’ll gladly teach you all about Brut, Milanese and Taittinger champagnes. Overall, there will be 125 world-class champagnes to choose from, including non-vintage, vintage, grower-producer, prestige cuvées, rosé, and sparkling wine, all ranging in price from $35 to $1,500 a bottle and over 65 by the glass.

(480) 588-2244


Northeast Phoenix

15257 N Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Smooth jazz artist U-Nam presents a new project: “The man known as U-Nam, is destined to become one of the most controversial musicians.It’s great to have a new voice on the guitar scene; one that is loaded with energy and excitement.”—-Ten time Grammy Award recipient, NAE Jazz Master and guitar legend—- George Benson

Chart Topping Jazz Artist U-Nam (best known for his #1 hit “Street Life”) is currently in the studio recording and producing his next project. Paying tribute to his hero and favorite artist George Benson, U-Nam will be releasing the album Weekend in L.A. (A George Benson Tribute ) as U-Nam & Friends.

The album includes a MEGA-ALLSTAR line up of artists and musicians including but not limited to Patrice Rushen ,Tim Owens, Mike White, Ricky Lawson, Matt Rohde, Jeff Lacey, Franck Sitbon, Denis Benarrosh, Darryl Williams, Andreas Oberg , Marva King, Najee , Stokley ( Mint Condition ) and Many more artists will be revealed later—there are many surprises to be expected.

According to U-Nam, with this new project, one can, “Expect the Unexpected!!!” U-Nam also mentionned that this will be the “Best, Biggest, Most Exciting and Intimidating project of his life.” He also added, “before I even started to record any music on this project, my first thought was to call George [Benson], let him know about the project and ask for his blessing. I got more than I expected when he told me this, ‘Man, for sure you have my blessing and anyway whatever you’re gonna do it’s gonna sounds fantastic.’ After that I felt relieved and incredibly motivated to do a great hommage to GB!” The album is going to follow in the footsteps of “GB”; a mix of Jazz, R’n’B, Pop, Soul and full of innovation.

The full album is due to be released Fall 2011. The first single will be out in a couple of months closely followed by another single with remixes.

More news will be on the way through U-Nam’s website featuring information about the “making of” the album, guest artists’ names will be revealed, as well as clips and interviews of U-Nam talking about this exciting new project.

As said and recorded by Jeff Lacey , “GB’s the King, U-Nam’s the Prince”

Click on the link below and learn more about the new project, which needs your support: