Jazz In the Bay

The best live jazz in San Francisco Bay Area

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Mads Tolling

Mads Tolling is a two-time Grammy Award Winner and the 2016 Winner of Downbeats Critics Rising Star Poll for the violin. His recent album Mads Tolling & The Mads Men Playing The 60s hit top 5 on the US jazz radio charts. Mads has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D'Rivera, and has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. Mads is a former member of Turtle Island Quartet and Stanley Clarkes Band, and he now tours worldwide with his own projects.

Mads grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and moved to the U.S. at the age of 20 to pursue jazz studies. He studied under violinist Matt Glaser, and he graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003. While still attending Berklee, the renowned jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty recommended Mads to join Stanley Clarke’s band. Since then, Mads performed more than one hundred concerts with Clarke worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl and appears on Clarke’s album: “Toys of Men.” 

Since 2007, the Mads Tolling Quartet , including Colin Hogan on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and Eric Garland on drums, has performed all over the U.S including Yoshi’s, Herbst Theatre, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Monterey Jazz Festival.

Besides performances, Mads is an accomplished composer. In addition to his original writing on his albums, he has arranged for saxophonist Joe Lovano and string orchestra, contributed numerous arrangements and compositions to Turtle Island Quartet’s repertoire, and written a Violin Concerto (“Begejstring”) commissioned by Music Director, Michael Morgan and the James Irvine Foundation for Oakland Symphony Orchestra.