Mads Tolling & The Mads Men
MADS TOLLING is a Grammy Award-Winning violinist and composer originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, now living in San Francisco. Mads is a part of of Bob Weir’s Wolf Bros & Wolfpack Project, and he has recorded two albums with Weir while playing iconic venues such as Red Rocks, The Greek Theatre and Radio City Music Hall. As a former nine-year member of both bassist Stanley Clarke’s band and the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards, and he was nominated for a third Grammy in 2015. In 2016 Mads won the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Award. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Leo Kottke and Sergio & Odair Assad.
Mads celebrates the music of the 1960s Mad Men Era with his own distinctive style and innovative flair. Mads Tolling & The Mads Men bring a fun and exciting program that is as nostalgic as it is contemporary, with re-imagined jazzed-up songs from 1960s television, film and radio. The band will perform songs from their critically acclaimed release, Playing The 60s, ranging from “Mission Impossible” and “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” to “A Taste of Honey” and “Georgia on my Mind.”
So how did a Danish classical violin student growing up in Copenhagen in the 1980s discover his passion for the 1960s? When Mads was fourteen, his father gave him a Miles Davis cassette tape that changed his life. Mads was hooked. He found a sense of intimacy and freedom in the 1960s sounds of jazz, soul and early R&B, which inspired him to explore the possibilities of how to get there with his violin. The result is an exhilarating and thrilling musical adventure.
Joining Mads on this journey are his Mads Men—world-class musicians Colin Hogan on piano, Gary Brown on bass, and Eric Garland on drums.