OAKLAND -- World-class architecture and jazz will come together Sunday as a Bay Area quartet goes acoustic at the Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes on Piedmont Avenue.

"There are great architectural details to look at while you are listening to great jazz," said Mary D'Orazi, organizer of the Jazz at the Chimes concert series.

Sunday's concert will feature the Mads Tolling Quartet, led by two-time, Grammy Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling of Albany.

The 90-minute show, followed by a reception, will include original material by Tolling, as well as a tribute to his inspiration, French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. The native Dane also intends to play a Danish folk song and some rumba.

Tolling has won Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover album with the recordings "4+Four" and "A Love Supreme -- The Legacy of John Coltrane." A former member of the Turtle Island Quartet and the band of jazz bassist Stanley Clark, Tolling formed his own quartet in 2007.

The group -- which includes Dave McNab on guitar, George Ban-Weiss on bass and Eric Garland on drums -- will play acoustically Sunday due to the density of the chapel, which includes a great deal of cement and tile.

D'Orazi helped to revive the concert series after attendance declined several years ago. Chapel of the Chimes sponsors the concerts every other month.


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The series is designed to accommodate seniors, offering a low-cost afternoon outing on a weekend day. The cost is just $10 for seniors older than 60 and students, with general admission set at $15. D'Orazi recommends coming early, as there are no ticket sales in advance for the 165 seats. Coming early also "gives them time to tour the facility," which she said many don't realize is a historic place, D'Orazi said.

The 1909 crematorium and columbarium, a historic landmark, was designed by famed architect Julie Morgan, who is buried in adjacent Mountain View Cemetery.

IF YOU GO
What: Jazz at the Chimes, featuring the Mads Tolling Quartet
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, with reception to follow
Where: Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Cost: $15 for general admission; $10 for seniors 60 years or older and students; cash only at the door with sales to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Information: chimesjazz@gmail.com or call 510-654-0123.