The Mads Tolling Quartet's "Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty-Live at Yoshi's" Set for May 15 Release


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Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist, is a double Grammy Award-winner with the Turtle Island Quartet. Since 2007 Mads has led his own group, The Mads Tolling Quartet, and released three albums - with the latest, Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty - Live at Yoshi's, coming out on May 15 of this year. His previous recording, the critically acclaimed “The Playmaker," features bass legend Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris.

Mads grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and moved to the U.S. at age 20 to pursue jazz studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While still in school, fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty recommended Mads to join Stanley Clarke's band. Since then, Mads has performed more than 100 concerts with Clarke worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl.

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 performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Barron, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Lovano, Sergio & Odair Assad, and Leo Kottke.

“The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly a medley of Ponty (tunes).... “Even calling this a “medley" fails to do justice to what Tolling has done in arranging this tour de force: In fact, he has created a jazz suite which is at least equal to the sum of its parts, but creates its own identity as well." —Dave Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

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