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2-time Grammy winning violinist Mads Tolling brings his jazz quartet to Lindsay

2-time Grammy winning violinist Mads Tolling brings his jazz quartet to Lindsay

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LINDSAY – With classic handsome features and world class talent, Mads Tolling is deserving of a comparison to Jack Hamm’s Don Draper character on the hit show Mad Men. The difference is that Mads’ talent is not a simulation of someone else’s creativity and there is no final episode in sight for this rising musician.

Mads Tolling, a two-time Grammy Award winning violinist, and his world class quartet of musicians will appear on the Lindsay Community Theater stage on Oct. 21. The concert starts at 7:30 and tickets are only $20, and groups of 10 or more receive a 25% discount. Tolling was recently named as this year’s DownBeat Critics Poll “Rising Star” Award winner and has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.

“It is rare indeed to have a Grammy award winning performer appear in the central valley,” said the theater in a released statement. “We at the Lindsay Theater are thrilled to be able to bring this great performer to our theater. This show should be a sell-out, so order tickets today to reserve the best seats.”

Tolling and his “Mads Men” will kick off the Lindsay Community Theater’s 2017-18 concert season with a jazz concert. In 2007, Tolling started his own trio and immediately recorded the album “Speed of Light.” The following year the trio expanded to a quartet. Today, 10 years later the quartet is still going strong, and in it are some of the top Bay Area musicians, including Colin Hogan on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and Eric Garland on drums.

The group is currently celebrating the release of their newest album ‘Playing The 60s’, which features classic songs from TV, film and radio in fresh jazzy versions with guest vocalists Kenny Washington and Spencer Day. Tolling 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 “The Pink Panther” and “Meet The Flintstones” to “Georgia On My Mind” and “A Taste Of Honey.”

Prior to forming his own quartet, Tolling spent nine years touring the country with the Turtle Island Quartet. In 2006 and 2008, 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.” In 2015 with Turtle Island, he received a Grammy nomination collaborating with Mike Marshall. Mads is the winner of the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Violin Award. 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. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.

For tickets, visit lindsaycommunitytheater.com or call 559-284-2223 for more information.

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