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JazzWest, Yoshi's SF Team for Concert Series

Jazz violinist Mads Tolling, who kicks off the new "JazzWest.com Presents" concert series at Yoshi's SF

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Yoshi's San Francisco and JazzWest.com have announced a new collaboration that brings San Francisco Bay Area jazz musicians to the stage of the world-class jazz club in a new "showcase" concert series.

"JazzWest.com Presents" kicks off on Monday, May 21 with a CD Release Party for East Bay jazz violinist (and former Turtle Island Quartet member) Mads Tolling

The new concert series continues through the week with performances by pianist Eric Muhler and his trio on Wednesday, May 23, and internationally acclaimed musician, bandleader, composer, and educator Rebeca Mauleón and her Afro Kuban Fusion group on Sunday, May 27.

More concerts will be announced soon.

JazzWest.com, which celebrates its 13th anniversary in June as the leading independent website for all things jazz in Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, was launched by jazz journalist Wayne Saroyan in 1999 to celebrate the rich talent pool of jazz musicians here in the Bay Area.

Yoshi's, a fixture on the East Bay jazz scene since 1973, opened its San Francisco location in 2007. Residing in the Fillmore Heritage Center at 1330 Fillmore Street, this 28,000 square-foot, two-story, state-of-the-art live music club and upscale Japanese restaurant features the best of local, national and international performance artists.

About the Featured Musicians

Tolling, internationally renowned violinist, violist and composer, is a two-time Grammy award winner as a longtime member of the Turtle Island Quartet, and he has recorded and performed hundreds of concerts all over the world. Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tolling moved to Boston to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

The evening's performance is a CD Release Party for Tolling's "Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty," a tribute to the violinist's mentor and kindred spirit, Jean-Luc Ponty (and recorded at Yoshi's last year), which features fresh takes on the master violinist's legacy, from his work with Frank Zappa and John McLaughlin's legendary jazz fusion ensemble Mahavishnu Orchestra to seminal Ponty recordings like "Enigmatic Ocean" and "Imaginary Voyage."

Pianist Eric Muhler, who began classical piano studies at the age of six, recently underwent delicate back surgery. His performance at Yoshi's also serves as a benefit concert for the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and the Institute of Health and Healing (IHH). Muhler will donate 10% of his share of ticket and CD sales to benefit these two medical institutions.

Rebeca Mauleón is a prolific pianist, composer, bandleader, conductor, producer and author who has graced the stage and studio with such renowned recording artists as Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, Cachao, Sheila E, Joe Henderson, Mickey Hart, Arturo Sandoval and many others.

Rebeca's compositions, arrangements and recording credits have been featured on numerous Grammy-winning and nominated albums, and she has also composed music for television, film and software companies. She is one of very few female bandleaders in Latin music, and her pianistic and conducting styles have been lauded as "fiery" and "visceral" by Billboard and other top music industry magazines, and she has been called "one of the hippest bandleaders in Latin music today."

For more information about the new concert series, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Yoshi's San Francisco website or call 415.655.5600.

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