Top bay area pianist Dan Zemelman, Grammy Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling and NY bassist Ratzo Harris join forces as a 'Power Trio' and perform originals, pop tunes, Danish folk songs and standards 'with a kick.' This post-Jazzcamp concert will be exciting, original and unique since this is the debut of this particular Trio!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188
Dan Zemelman is a leader and innovator of jazz music in the San Francisco bay area scene. In 1998 Dan participated in the Kennedy Center’s prestigious Jazz Ambassadors program and toured India and Sri Lanka courtesy of the US State Department, representing America’s jazz tradition through teaching and performances. After moving from Chicago to the San Francisco area in 2001, Dan contributed to blues legend John Lee Hooker’s final studio album Face to Face and toured with his daughter and blues artist Zakiya Hooker. He studied at the University of Wisconsin and performed with legendary jazz bassist Richard Davis along with winning awards there as 'Best Jazz Artist'.
Recently Dan has performed with grammy-award winning violinist Mads Tolling (of Turtle Island Quartet) at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the Prince and Princess of Denmark, performed with former Cirque De Soleil Music Director and vibraphonist, Christian Tamburr at the San Jose Jazz Festival, and played for a highly successful Eva Cassidy tribute concert at the well known Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD to a sold-out crowd. Dan also plays regularly for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra for their more jazz oriented performances.
Dan's CD One Way or Another featuring Erik Jekabson (formerly of John Mayer) has received rave reviews from well-known jazz critic Andy Gilbert as well as bay area publications like the East Bay Express and the SF Weekly.
Dan is currently a highly successful band leader, having performed at the acclaimed Yoshi's Jazz Club three times as a leader as well as at festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the SF Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival and many more. As an in-demand jazz pianist in the SF bay area, he plays regularly with top bay area jazz icons like Marcus Shelby and Adam Theis as well as his own trio featuring Mike Bordelon on bass and Greg Wyser-Pratte on drums. In 2011 Dan's group received a position as an alternate band for Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2010 Rhythm Road music abroad program. In addition, Dan has been on the faculty at several major jazz institutions in the SF area, including Jazzcamp West, The Berkeley Jazzschool and Lafayette Jazz Camp as a teacher, master class technician and accompanist. danzemelman.com
Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist, violist, and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award-Winning violinist. As a former nine year member of both 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, 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 has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post & San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.
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 100 concerts with Clarke worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl and appears on Clarke’s album Toys of Men.
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. madstolling.com
Ratzo Harris is a bassist and composer from Indianpolis, IN. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960's and 1970's, and came from a musical family. His mother is a singer/actor/writer/percussionist, and his father was a trumpeter. Ratzo was a nickname that Don Ontiveros, the leader of the San Francisco Mission Boys Club Jazz Band, gave him on what was his first road trip - an overnight to the 1968 International Jazz Band Competition in Reno.
Ratzo has played with numerous musicians, both on the stage and in the recording studio. He has worked with luminaries such as Denny Zeitlin, Kenny Werner, Mose Allison, Paul McCandless, Dave Samuels, Elliot Sharp, and Joe Lovano, to name a few. He also hosted a weekly radio show called "Jazz Focus" in 1992 for WFYI-FM (NPR) in Indianapolis. He appeared as part of Jane Ira Bloom group in 1983 "Good Morning America" segment, and as part of Cal Tjader group in 1975 television drama series about the Synanon oragnization. He can also be heard on a number of film soundtracks, as well as countless hours of unissued recordings from private loft scenes in New York, live concerts, and unmixed master tapes from an NEA grant recording.