Bob Baldwin & NILS – Tickets – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD – February 16th, 2017

Bob Baldwin & NILS

Bob Baldwin & NILS

Thu, February 16, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Rams Head On Stage

Annapolis, MD

$39.50

This event is 21 and over

Bob Baldwin
Bob Baldwin
Bob Baldwin is a jazz artist, composer, keyboardist, producer, arranger, radio host and author. His father, Robert Garfield Baldwin Sr. who recorded one solo LP under his leadership, played piano with bassists Keter Betts and Art Davis. Bob’s cousin is renowned pianist Larry Willis so he clearly stems from musical excellence.

Across a career for which a two decade milestone was achieved in 2013 with his twentieth CD titled Twenty, Bob Baldwin has proven to be one of the most ubiquitous and ingenious chameleons of Contemporary Jazz - both in his own projects and those he has endeavored upon for others.

In addition to his work as a musician, Bob Baldwin hosts a nationally syndicated weekly radio show ('The NewUrbanJazz Lounge' broadcast across the African American Public Radio Service and the Internet) and author of the music biz E-book: “You Better Ask Somebody (Staying On Top of Your Career in the ‘Friggin’ Music Business)” (2011).
NILS
NILS
In 2014, nine years after his massive radio single “Pacific Coast Highway” established him as one of contemporary urban jazz’s top artists and producers, Nils took an exciting look back on a decade of non-stop hit-making with the release of the compilation Jazz Gems: The Best of Nils – a collection one astute journalist dubbed “The Best of Contemporary Jazz in the 2000s.” Aside from taking stock of his extraordinary career, the popular compilation included only one new track – giving the prolific, Munich born, Los Angeles based guitarist and composer extra time to pen his most explosive and infectious tunes ever for his latest BAJA/TSR Records release Alley Cat. In addition to capturing a wide range of emotions on his electric (and sometimes acoustic) guitar, the 12 tracks showcase, more than ever before, Nils’ masterful skills as a producer and inventive sonic architect.

Like a guitar driven equivalent of keyboard great and producer Jeff Lorber, Nils’ success as creator of some of the genre’s most identifiable hits – including “Let’s Bounce,” “Ready to Play, “Catnap” and “Shake It,” – has led to his becoming a powerful behind the scenes force for many established and emerging artists. Working at his L.A. based studio, he has written songs and helmed tracks and full projects by saxophonist Reggie Codrington, guitarist Keith Andrews, pianists Al DeGregoris and David Hunt, Brian Simpson and most recently, “Harmony Park,” a track for multi-instrumentalist Nate Harasim’s #ShadesofNate featuring Dave Koz and mixed by Paul Brown.

Extending that spirit of collaboration to his latest solo project, Nils invites a wealth of dynamic musical cohorts to help create the magic of Alley Cat. In addition to his longtime core of Clydene Jackson (keyboards, vocals), percussionist Oliver C. Brown and bassists Reggie McBride and Darryl Williams, the guitarist incorporates more horns than usual, firing up the high energy hypnotic funk of “Milkshake” (which includes a chainsaw effect!) with saxophonist Eric Marienthal and trumpeter Johnny Britt. Britt and Codrington’s rising horns jazz and snazz up the buoyant, old school soul influenced title track “Alley Cat,” while Britt adds soulful trumpet harmonies on his own to the sly, easy funk flow of “Night Flyer” and the bright, plucky melody and simmering grooves of “Don’t Hold Back.”

Nils’ success in the urban jazz genre has somewhat obscured his dynamic background as a versatile R&B/ pop guitarist. Over the years, he has worked with greats like George Clinton and he has a platinum record for his contributions to The Temptations’ 1998 album Phoenix Rising. He contributed as a musician and co-writer of “Keep Rollin’” on Benson’s 1998 album Standing Together, and the guitar and vocal legend returned the favor by playing a duet with Nils on Nils’ 1998 debut CD Blue Planet; Blue Planet also featured performances by Gerald Albright, Nathan East and the late vocalist Carl Anderson.
Venue Information:
Rams Head On Stage
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
http://www.ramsheadonstage.com/

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