Mads Tolling /  San Francisco Two-Time Grammy-Winning Jazz Violinist
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Mads Tolling

Two-Time Grammy-Winning Jazz Violinist
San Francisco

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"...engaging brand of swing…” -Washington Post

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Winner of DownBeat's 2016 Critics Poll Rising Star Award for Violin — 06/27/2016

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Mads Tolling & The Mads Men...

Mads Tolling & The Mads Men

A Celebration of Hits and TV & Movie Themes from the 1960s Mad Men Era. Mads Tolling - violin & baritone violin Colin Hogan - piano & accordion Sam Bevan - b...

Meet the Flintstones...

Meet the Flintstones

Mads Tolling & the Mads Men at the Rhythmix Cultural Works. Mads Tolling - violin Colin Hogan - piano Sam Bevan - bass Jon Arkin - drums

Danish Dessert - MTQ...

Danish Dessert - MTQ

Mads Tolling Quartet at Monterey Jazz Festival, 2012 Mads Tolling -- violin Mike Abraham -- guitar George Ban-Weiss -- bass Eric Garland -- drums ..............

Someone to Watch Over me...

Someone to Watch Over me

Mads Tolling - Violin Colin Hogan - Piano Performed at Rossmoor's Opening of New Hall in Walnut Creek, CA - 2nd night of two performances

Armando's Rumba...

Armando's Rumba

Mads Tolling Quartet at Monterey Jazz Festival, 2012 Mads Tolling -- violin Mike Abraham -- guitar George Ban-Weiss -- bass Eric Garland -- drums ..............

Live On Stage presents Mads Tolling and the Mads Men...

Live On Stage presents Mads Tolling and the Mads Men

Mads Tolling and the Mads Men is a featured performer on the 2016-2017 Live On Stage roster. For more information, please visit http://www.liveonstage.biz.

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Mads w. Yamaha Violin
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Mads Tolling /  San Francisco Two-Time Grammy-Winning Jazz Violinist

Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award-Winner. As a former nine year member of both the Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, the Mads Tolling Quartet. “The Playmaker” released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. A brand new MTQ album: “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” was released in May, 2012. Mads' latest project is called "Mads Tolling & the Mads Men" - a music celebration of the 1960s Mad Men Era.

Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and The California Report, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, The Washington Post & The San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.

In ‘06 and ‘08 as part of Turtle Island Quartet Mads won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover album with the recordings “4+Four” and “A Love Supreme – The Legacy of John Coltrane.” Mads has received Denmark’s Sankt Annae’s Award for Musical Excellence as well as grants from Queen Margaret, Sonning Foundation and the Berklee Elvin Jones Award.

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 has 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.”

In 2007 Mads Tolling started his own trio and immediately recorded the album “Speed of Light.” The following year the trio expanded to a quartet. The Mads Tolling Quartet has performed all over the U.S including Yoshi’s San Francisco & Oakland, Herbst Theatre, Russian River Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, Grass Valley Performance Arts, Blues Alley in Washington DC and Monterey Jazz Festival. MTQ will tour nationally and internationally in ’13-’14.

Besides his activities as a performer, Mads Tolling is an accomplished composer. He has written for and recorded with JoAnne Brackeen, Joe Lovano and Dave Samuels. Mads appears on R&B singer Teena Marie’s recording “La Doña” and on jazz vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway’s “At Last.” He has additionally contributed numerous arrangements and compositions to Turtle Island Quartet’s repertoire. In 2014 Mads was commissioned by Music Director Michael Morgan to write a Violin Concerto for the Oakland East Bay Symphony. The performance took place in front of a sold out crowd at the Paramount Theatre, and the 26 min 3 movement piece received a standing ovation at the end.

Mads has been a thriving force in the educational aspects of jazz and improvisation. He has been active as a Yamaha clinician and has been involved in workshops, coachings and master classes throughout Canada and the U.S. Since 2010 Mads has been on faculty at Berkeley’s Jazzschool Institute mainly focusing on spreading the knowledge of jazz and groove-oriented styles to string players of all ages. Mads has recently been a part of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the advanced Suzuki Institute - both at Stanford University.

In his spare time Mads enjoys tennis, swimming and hiking. In 1999, together with his father, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Jun 27, 2016

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Winner of DownBeat's 2016 Critics Poll Rising Star Award for Violin
Winner of DownBeat's 2016 Critics Poll Rising Star Award for Violin

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Jun 17, 2015

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Downbeat Magazine Runner Up

Finished second in Rising Star Poll for Violin

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Feb 20, 2015

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Performed Violin Concerto with Michael Morgan and Oakland East Bay Symphony

Mads performed his commissioned violin concerto with Oakland East Bay Symphony, conducted by Michael Morgan at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

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Dec 20, 2014

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Grammy Nomination
Grammy Nomination

Best Classical Crossover Album w. Turtle Island Quartet and Mike Marshall

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Feb 02, 2008

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Grammy-Award

Best Classical-Crossover album w. Turtle Island Quartet

Feb 02, 2006

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Grammy-Award

Best Classical-Crossover album w. Turtle Island Quartet

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