Mads Tolling is a two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist, and he is last year's winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Award. He is a former longtime member of Stanley Clarke's Band and the Turtle Island Quartet.
Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and in the Washington Post, and he has performed with Kenny Barron, Ramsey Lewis and Paquito D’Rivera. In 2014 Mads was commissioned by Michael Morgan and Oakland Symphony to write a violin concerto, which was premiered at the Paramount Theatre to much fanfare in 2015.
Mads released "Playing the 60s" earlier this year, and Yoshi’s was the first stop on the CD release tour. The album has been a favorite amongst fans and critics alike, and was in the top 30 for two months straight on US Jazz radio. With his quartet, Mads has created a fun and exciting show that touches on the nostalgic as well as the contemporary. It includes timeless movie themes, popular TV classics, and celebrated songs ranging from “Mission Impossible”, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Meet the Flintstones” to “Georgia on My Mind” and “A Taste of Honey”.
This evening will feature a new collaboration with the internationally renowned vocalist Paula West, who like Mads has been featuring music from the 1960s, including Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. Mads and Paula will find much common ground this evening at Yoshi’s.
As a burgeoning young master growing up in Copenhagen, listening to a Miles Davis cassette introduced Mads to the 60s sounds of Jazz, Soul and early R&B. Inspired to explore his own creative voice, the result is an exhilarating and thrilling musical adventure, with Mads guiding us to places we didn’t know a violin could go.
Joining Mads on this journey are his “Mads Men”: World-class musicians John R. Burr on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass and Colin McDaniel on drums.