Archive for November 21, 2011

Nils @ Yoshi’s, Oakland

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Concerts, Smooth Jazz
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It’s one thing for a world class musician to write a book with a great title like “How To Make Your Guitar Talk,” but Nils has gone further–living, embracing and even transcending those words he once penned since becoming an instrumental sensation in 2005 with “Pacific Coast Highway.”

According to Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), owned by the Nielsen Company, the title track to the Munich born, Los Angeles based guitarist’s breakthrough debut album on Baja/TSR Records was the most heavily played track in the smooth jazz format over the past ten years with nearly 30,000 spins. The song was a true phenomenon in its initial release, staying at #1 on the Radio & Records airplay chart for more than 7 weeks on its way to being named the most played song in the U.S. and Canada for the year. “Jump Start,” the aptly titled first single from his new release What The Funk?, is off to a great start at radio and poised to follow in those hallowed chart footsteps.

“As much as I’ve loved creating music in the studio all these years, I realized when I started to play concerts and festivals last year that I’d been missing the ying to my yang, so to speak,” he says. “When I’m out on the road half the year, I look forward to getting back in my home studio and developing new material. Then after a few months there, it’s fun to get back out there and play for people. It’s a wonderful experience to interact with my live band on the road. Combine the energy we create onstage with the energy of the audience and it’s a truly magical, wonderfully validating experience. The goal every time we take the stage is to capture the fans in ways they couldn’t have imagined when they took their seats, and then embrace that moment when they start responding to the music and go crazy. It’s very gratifying to have the opportunity to get Up Close and Personal with them.”

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, California 94607

Thursday, December 01, 2011 – 8:00 pm