Marion Meadows

An American saxophone player, composer and smooth jazz recording artist

NILS, one of contenporary Jazz’ most well known and reviered musicians, who for nearly 20 years as a solo artist has been a force to be reckoned with, achieving major accolades along the way, most notably from Billboard, scoring the esteemed charts song of the decade, 2000-2010 (“Pacific Coast Highway”), song of the year, 2011 (“Jump Start”) and over 15 top 20 radio hits.

Nils has headlined some of the largest festivals and clubs across the US and Europe throughout his stellar career, sharing the stage as well as recording with many titans of the industry including George Benson, Dave Koz, Chante Moore, Rick Braun, Nathan East, Boney James, and countless others.

Born and raised in Munich, Nils (pronounced Neels) Jiptner picked up his first guitar as a teenager. While his first inclinations were to follow the lead of his idols Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, it wasn’t until he was introduced to funk music that he was hooked; he spent “endless nights” learning and copying rhythm players like Nile Rogers, Al McKay and Paul Jackson, Jr. He was also a huge jazz fusion fan, inspired by The Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion and Larry Carlton.

In 2014, nine years after his massive radio single “Pacific Coast Highway” established him as one of contemporary jazz’ 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. The album, which takes stock of his extraordinary career, 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 release “Alley Cat” (2015). 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.

As the creator of some of the genre’s most identifiable hits – including, “Pacific Coast Highway”, “Let’s Bounce,” “Jump Start”, “Summer Nights”, “Catnap” and “Shake It,” Nils has become 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 for a plethora of up and coming and already established artists. All the while continuing to cultivate and refine his distinctive, personal, sound.

1998 Platinum Record Award for guitars on The Temptation’s “Phoenix Rising” CD
1999 “Yesterday’s Dream” Duet w/ George Benson #2 on British Jazz Radio
2005 released “Pacific Coast Highway” ‐ Song of the Year and Song of The Decade (most played smooth jazz song on US and Canadian radio since 2000)
2006 released “Summer Nights” - 2nd consecutive Number 1 Hit on R&R charts.
2007 follow up CD “Ready to Play” spurs Top 10 hits “Cat Nap” and “ Ready To Play”
2009 released “Up Close and Personal” two singles “Soul Mates “ and “East Bay” were in the Top 20
2010 nominated for “Best Guitarist” at 1st American Smooth Jazz Awards
2011 released “What the Funk?” CD first single “Jump Start” is 8 weeks number 1 on Billboard becomes – Billboard song of the year (most airplay for 2011)
2011 second single “Shake It” top 10 in Billboard.
2012 released “City Groove”, first single “ Let’s Bounce ” reaches #2 on Billboard

"Bird" Williams

Nicknamed “Bird” for his melodious style of singing, Bird Williams, native Memphis born & raised, has graced a great many stages in the mid-south area with his amazing soulful talent. Bird has that “ole skool” flow that pulls listeners directly into the song. Take a listen to Bird Williams and join the ever growing fan base who loves true R&B in its full glory. Available now at ALL streaming and download companies worldwide.

$30.00 - $100.00

Tickets

Don’t miss the Hottest Night in Jazz/Soul Music in 2019 with smooth jazz/soul superstar Marion Meadows and chart-topping guitar wiz Nils! also starring soul vocalist extraordinaire Bird Williams all on tap for one night only! Come let them cool you down with great music, delicious wines and spirits! Get out and enjoy the best live music venue in the Mid-South..Minglewood Hall!!! Get your tickets now!!

Platinum VIP Experience $100: VIP Suite Accommodations with Early Admission at 6pm. Exquisite wine/beer/food provided, Private Meet & Greet with Marion Meadows & Nils. Dedicated Personal Server. Please call the Box Office for more information, 901-312-6058.

VIP Gold Circle $50 -Early Admission/Up-Close Seating/Complementary Wine Tasting & hors d'oeuvre’s from 6pm-7pm/ Artist Meet n Greet

Reserved Seating $35 (behind VIP Gold Circle)

This is a can’t miss event and concert!

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