Erik Jekabson + Jackie Ryan

Erik’s Fine Quintet With A Great Singer! Finally! The show comes roaring back after being cancelled due to the Pandemic.  We are thrilled to ...
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Greensill: “Celebrating Duke & Bruce”

Cancelled due to Covid 19 Mike's band is All-Star quality and you'll love their interplay and sound.  All dedicated to celebrating both Ellington's music, ...
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Katie Thiroux Trio With Great Guests

Cancelled due to Covid 19 Read what the Critics say about Katie Thiroux: "Split brain virtuosity"​- Downbeat "Genuine artists like this don't come along ...
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Jamie Davis Band “Swingin’ Like Basie”

Jamie Davis ranks high on the list of great male vocalists!  With a deep baritone voice, he's been paired with some of the world's ...
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Kate McGarry, Jazz Vocalist

While Kate McGarry may not be a "household name,"  she has 6 critically acclaimed CDs to her credit, and has garnered 2 Grammy nominations ...
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Akiko Tsuruga + Jeff Hamilton + Graham Dechter

Akiko Tsuruga    She’s “Sweet and Funky,” she’s “Cute and Bad”.  She's a Composer and a performer extraordinaire.  The legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith said this:  ...
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Kenny Washington – “Superman”

Wynton Marsalis says: "I love this man! He's a consummate professional, with impeccable intonation. He's a real improviser who brings depth to everything he ...
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Guitarist Extraordinaire Mimi Fox

Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in 6 consecutive Downbeat Magazine polls.   Jazz Times hailed Mimi as "a ...
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“Jazz Master” Pianist Kenny Barron

NVJS is thrilled to present Kenny Barron on Sunday, September 22, 4pm at Blue Note Napa. Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts ...
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Great Karrin Allyson Trio

Karrin Allyson Karrin returns to the NVJS – a real cause for celebration! Her last appearance at RMW was a smash success and Valley ...
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Memorable Duo: Tierney! + Tamir!

8-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has received a “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Grammy nod for every project she has released in the last ...
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Celebrate Bruce & “The Duke!”

We’re honoring Bruce Hopewell, as one of the original founders of the NVJS.  Bruce often touted Duke Ellington as “The single most important artist ...
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Harry Allen with Grant Stewart

Two current masters of the tenor sax come together for what promises to be a very happy jazz occasion! Harry wowed our Napa audience ...
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Marcus Shelby Orchestra / Tiffany Austin

Marcus Shelby does it all:  he's a bandleader, composer, arranger, bassist, educator, and activist who lives in San Francisco.  Over 25 years he has ...
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Hot Club of Baltimore

NVJS welcomes back the dynamic gypsy jazz group! One evening with Ultrafaux & Hot Club of Baltimore demonstrates why jazz has been so irresistible ...
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Paula West & Trio

That's a quote from Christopher Loudon, Jazz times! “Paula is known for her rich, powerful contralto voice and for her unique interpretations of a ...
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Larry Fuller Trio

Larry Fuller The return of Larry Fuller by popular demand! Larry is one of the premier mainstream jazz pianists living today.  He performed here ...
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Aaron Lington Quartet

A spirited show dedicated to the great Gerry Mulligan!  Grammy Award winning baritone saxophonist and composer Aaron Joseph Lington received his BM in music ...
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Miro Sprague w/Howard Paul Trio

Miro Sprague  is a sparkling new pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his dynamic and passionate performance style, and artistic versatility.  He's from New ...
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Kristin Korb Trio + Mary Fettig

Kristin Korb Kristin returns to Napa and is loaded with surprises! One of NVJS's favorite guests over all these seasons, Kristin is one of ...
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Jay Leonhart Duo

Jay Leonhart is the Fred Astaire of jazz, a craftsman so seamlessly smooth that casual observers often fail to grasp the immensity of his ...
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Ali Ryerson Quartet

With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll.  Born in ...
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Ken Peplowski + Diego Figueiredo Duo

“Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist”  Russell Davies, BBC2 Ken played his first pro gig when in elementary school.  After a ...
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Douyé and Trio

One of most exciting things we do is when we present a remarkable new talent.  Someone like Douyé... especially since she'll be celebrating "The ...
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Jack Jones’ 80th Birthday Tour

A Special Concert benefiting the NVJS Scholarship Program for Napa Valley high school musicians. “One of the major singers of our time!” Frank Sinatra ...
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Harry Allen + Ehud Asherie Duo

About tenorman Harry Allen, noted critic Gene Lees writes,  "Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer ...
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Katie Thiroux Trio

Katie Thiroux is a bright new star getting attention for her bravura bass playing, assured singing and compelling compositions.  With the release of her ...
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Larry Vuckovich Quartet / Big Black

NVJS is presenting a show that will really get you going for the Holidays! Larry states: "The legendary 'Big Black' and I go back ...
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Kevin Mahogany Trio

With over ten recordings as a leader and vocalist... businessman / educator Kevin Mahogany has been the standard setter for jazz vocalists for three ...
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Clairdee – A Love Letter To Lena Horne

NVJS and Clairdee celebrate the groundbreaking singer, actress and activist who personified glamour and became a catalyst for social justice.  Horne, one of the ...
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Peter and Will Anderson Trio

"Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone"  New York Times Peter and Will Anderson are twin brothers and simply extraordinary musicians. So young,  yet they are known for their ...
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Larry Fuller Trio

Larry Fuller The amazing pianist Larry Fuller returns to the NVJS, bringing his oversized talent along for the ride! There are a lot of ...
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Frank Potenza – Remembering Joe Pass

Frank Potenza is among the best guitarists around, he toured with the great Gene Harris Quartet at top jazz festivals and clubs such as ...
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Jeff Hamilton Trio + Graham Dechter

Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one big reason why he is constantly in ...
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Joe Locke Trio

Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. He has topped polls and won numerous awards,  including ...
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Erik Jekabson String-tet – “Duke”

Erik Jekabson Erik Jekabson is one of the finest musicians in the entire Bay Area.  He's an gifted composer, an accomplished trumpet player, and ...
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Karrin Allyson!

Karrin Allyson "Finally!   Yes, we are finally bringing this stellar jazz performer to the Robert Mondavi Winery.  We've been trying to lasso this ...
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George Young Quartet

George Young is one of the most frequently heard musicians of our time.  Young plays over ten instruments, including Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Sopranino Saxophones, ...
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Howard Alden – Warren Vaché Duo

On Howard Alden:  Owen Cordle in JazzTimes writes "He may be the best of his generation."  George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims ...
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Ken French Trio

Ken French is creating a jazz event you're gonna love, a superb program with some Holiday Zest! He has been the featured pianist at ...
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Peggy Lee Remembered

Peggy Lee cast a spell when she sang. She epitomized cool, but her trademark “Fever” is the essence of sizzling sexual heat.  Hear this ...
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Byron Stripling – Armstrong Tribute

Byron Stripling's electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong has become America's most popular orchestral pops program.  With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and ...
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Brian Nova Trio + Mike

Concord Recording Artist Brian Nova is considered one of the top Jazz Guitarists / Vocalists in the nation, according to a recent poll in ...
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Dena DeRose Trio

Dena DeRose Dena DeRose is "The most creative and compelling singer - pianist since Shirley Horn" is how Washington DC critic Joel Siegel described ...
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Hot Club of Baltimore

Django Reinhardt was one of the world’s greatest guitarists.  But because of an accident, Reinhardt played with only two fingers which makes him even ...
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Benny Green Trio

Benny Green Fans of classic modern jazz piano know Benny Green as one of the very best.  He is equally at home playing beautiful ...
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La Orquestra El Vucko

La Orquesta El Vucko is not your typical Latin band.  Led by a master pianist, they play Salsa,  Afro-Cuban,  BeBop classics in Latin style,  ...
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Mimi Fox + Kenny Washington

NVJS is presenting the first of our new DUO Series. And what better way to launch than with two dynamic artist like Mimi Fox, ...
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Montclair Women’s Big Band

"One of the West Coast's most formidable ensembles" All About Jazz Our Annual Duke Ellington Tribute Concert The Montclair Women’s Big Band is a ...
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Jeff Denson Quartet

Jeff Denson is a creative musician who searches for new expression while fronting many different ensembles.  He's a full professor at the C J ...
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Clairdee – Encore!

Two years ago, Clairdee was a Sold Out success!  This show will have Jazz and Songbook classics, plus a very special feature:  A full ...
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Charles Hamilton Quintet

For twenty-eight years, Charles Hamilton was Director of the world renowned Berkeley High School Jazz Program.  His keen ear, musical understanding, and his ability ...
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Gail Pettis

A winner of Earshot Golden Ear Awards' "Northwest Vocalist of the Year,"  Gail Pettis boasts rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing that have inspired ...
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The French Connection

A small group of exceptional musicians from Lille, France are coming to Napa as part of an ongoing cultural exchange program.  Gino Samyn led ...
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Benny Goodman Small Groups

It's hard to believe, but in the 1930s and 40s, "Swing" was the popular music of the times.  And no one did it better ...
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LMR Big Band

The Long Meadow Ranch All-Star Big Band, in collaboration with the NVJS, will perform a sizzling concert with featured artists:  jazz diva, Clairdee, and ...
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October is NVJS JazzMonth!

The NVJS is offering a chock-a-block October schedule which we're calling  NVJS JazzMonth!  It's our first ever. Starting with the Smokin' "LMR Big Band" ...
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Giacomo Gates

Giacomo has led the life of a hardworking "man's man." After years of working road construction, and 14 years on the Alaskan Pipeline in ...
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Charles McPherson Quartet

This is a rare treat for Napa jazz fans!  For more than 50 years, saxophonist Charles McPherson has been one of the most expressive ...
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Warren Wolf Trio

Warren is an outsized talent, and a bright new star! Stars like this don't come along often, musicians this versatile and fine! He's a ...
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Marcus Shelby Orchestra – Tiffany Austin

An extraordinary event to honor the Duke, entitled "50 years of Swing!" and featuring Marcus' dynamic big band along with exciting new vocalist Tiffany ...
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Scott Hamilton Quartet

Scott extends the legacy of Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins with that big tenor sound.  In 1977 he formed his own quartet, the same ...
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Maye Cavallaro & Friends

And the Critics Agree: "Maye Cavallaro has a haunting voice, is expert at caressing ballads, and displays a wistful and subtle style. Scott Yanow,  ...
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Brian Nova Trio

Concord Recording Artist Brian Nova is considered one of the top Jazz Guitarists/Vocalists in the nation, according to a recent poll in Jazz Improv ...
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Tribute to Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson was a superb tenor saxophonist, whose career spanned more than forty years.  Beloved in the Bay Area, Joe recorded for the famous ...
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Bruce’s Favorites

The NVJS Board has rotated Producer responsibilities throughout each year.  This show is the first that provides each Producer the opportunity to present some ...
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The LMR All-Star Big Band

This band will knock your socks off ! Join us for an afternoon and evening of farm-to-table food and wine experiences and outstanding live ...
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Tamir Hendelman Trio

Award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman has delivered superlative performances with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Houston Person, John Clayton, ...
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Summer Break!

We are taking a much needed Summer break so NO performance in August! None
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Larry Vuckovich “Crosswinds”

Of all the shows we've done, this one is truly unique!  Formerly the Blue Balkan Ensemble, Larry Vuckovich's new revived group features the master ...
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Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos

Review by Matt Collar:  "Trumpeter Erik Jekabson and his quartet performing live along with percussionist John Santos.  Both Jekabson and Santos (who received a ...
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A Tribute to Ray Brown

Larry Fuller has established himself as a world-class jazz pianist firmly rooted in the hard swinging traditions of mainstream jazz.  In Ohio, Larry began ...
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Melissa Morgan + Duke

Duke Ellington – The NVJS Loves Him Madly “Melissa Morgan wanted a gritty, retro vibe evocative of classic jazz vocal albums of the 1950s ...
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Kim Nalley – Houston Person

MEMBERS ONLY:  NVJS & Robert Mondavi Wine Club! In looks, Kim Nalley exudes the aura of a diva from a by-gone era.  Vocally, she ...
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Tony Monaco & Howard Paul

"Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of  –  flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest ...
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CLAIRDEE

Acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, jazz vocalist Clairdee tours internationally playing to sold-out houses, and garnering rave reviews.  And she ...
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Mike Greensill Quartet

"Music's The Only Thing On My Mind" Piano player MIke Greensill, who's singing more often himself these days, will pay tribute to those unique ...
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Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet

Members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ) are winners of numerous DownBeat competitions, including multiple awards for "Best U.S. Collegiate Jazz Band."  They ...
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Jackie Ryan

Jackie Ryan's new album,“Listen Here” has flown to the top of the charts and been the #1 jazz CD in America! “Extraordinary is the ...
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Amanda King

Amanda King is a "classic chanteuse" who performs little known gems from the 1930’s and 40’s, as well as jazz standards and popular songs ...
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September Show

Apologies for the fact that our September show is incomplete on our performance calendar.  When it appeared that NVJS was losing its beloved home ...
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Scotty Barnhart Quintet

Scotty is an internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator in his 20th year as a featured soloist with the legendary Count Basie ...
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The Benedetto Players

First, we want to thank Dave Miner for his extraordinary support as an Executive Producer Sponsor of NVJS. Second, to alert you – the ...
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Vince Guaraldi Tribute Ensemble

Larry Vuckovich, who was Vince Guaraldi’s only student and later performed in Vince’s two-piano quintet Powder Keg, presents an authentic musical portrait of the ...
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San Francisco Jazz Quartet

The SFJQ – consisting of Nolan Gasser, Roger Glenn, Terry Miller, and Andy Eberhard – is dedicated to the full range of jazz, with ...
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Erik Jekabson & Kenny Washington

Get ready for one, happy, fresh, New Orleans style band which will have you dancing in the aisles. And check out whose leading the ...
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Lavay Smith – Duke Ellington

Oh yeah, it's time for our annual birthday tribute to the great Duke Ellington! It promises to be a super show and we are ...
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Cyrus Chestnut

Perhaps more than any other musician on the current scene, Cyrus embodies American jazz piano history from Fats Waller to Art Tatum to Bill ...
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Holly Hofmann/Mike Wofford Quartet

Flutist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford have a long history of performing together in various performance settings. With their spirit and unusual approaches ...
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Noel Jewkes Quintet

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. His friends at NVJS report Noel seems fully recovered from heart surgery ...
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Jeff Hamilton Trio

Jeff Hamilton is considered one of the best jazz drummers around. But this isn’t just our opinion, he was recently voted the #1 drummer ...
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Judy Wexler Quartet

Judy has sung at the famous jazz festivals in Montreal, Tel Aviv, Dubai, San Jose, and Temecula Valley. She has performed several times at ...
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Paula West & Trio

“West's appeal as a performer starts with her rich, velvety contralto, excellent pitch and insinuating sense of swing. She's not the kind of jazz ...
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Mads Tolling Quartet

Danish-American Mads Tolling is truly something else! He’s young, gifted and has already won two Grammy awards with the Turtle Island Quartet. Now on ...
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