The Dot Jazz Series, a collaborative project of Mandorla Music and Greater Ashmont Main Street, brings live jazz to the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, MA.

2022 Live Concerts

Dot Jazz, a presenting collaboration between Greater Ashmont Main Street and Mandorla Music, comes out of a long COVID hibernation and returns to Peabody Hall for a live and in–person show.

Saturday March 12, 2022 at 8:00pm: Naledi Masilo

The #DotJazzSeries is coming back strong this year, there first event for the year is right around the corner. On March 12 2022 we will be graced with an amazing performance by Naledi Masilo.
 
on 3/12 at all saints church located at All Saints Church 209 Ashmont Street Dorchester, MA 02124
 
Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, Naledi Masilo cultivated her love for music through backyard jam sessions and endless artistic curiosity. Rooted in her exploration of the jazz tradition and the influences of her African heritage, Naledi seeks to grow herself and her music to reflect the world that she sees and exists in. She believes that music has been gifted to the world as a tool to move lives and urge hearts to take action.
 
A recent graduate of the New England Conservatory, Naledi is making her mark on the local and regional jazz scene with her own music and as an in-demand collaborator, recently earning rave reviews on tour with Boston jazz veteran Bill Lowe’s Signifyin’ Natives project. She’s the founder of the South Africa based Dreaming Girls Foundation, a teaching artist at Boston City Singers, and also appears in Dreaming Zenzile, Somi Kakoma’s play based on the life of Miriam Makeba, which comes to Boston in February and is set to make its Off-Broadway premiere at the New York Theatre Workshop in the spring.
 
We’re delighted to present her as part of the Dot Jazz Series for a set of music for voice and upright bass
 
Thank you too Mandorla Music for bringing yet another incredible artist to Ashmont.
The concert will take place in Peabody Hall at the Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester, steps from Ashmont Station. Capacity limited, proof of vaccination and masks required.

2021

Dot Jazz comes out of a long COVID hibernation with the virtual debut of a very exciting new trio of top players from the NYC and Boston jazz scenes. This performance is made possible in part by the support of the Boston Cultural Council, and marks the launch of Greater Ashmont Main Street’s new initiative “Invigorate Your Senses: A Journey through Local Art.”

Saturday May 15, 2021: CAT Trio

CAT Trio features Carmen Staaf on piano, Austin McMahon on drums, and Tony Scherr on bass. They’ll be playing original compositions by all three, drawing on a wide range of influences: classical piano repertoire, Monk, Afro-Cuban sounds, singer-songwriter and rock music lineages, and beyond.
This band is new growth from deep roots. Carmen and Tony play in together in such bands as Boom Tic Boom, Science Fair and Parlour Game. Austin and Carmen have collaborated for many years, including playing on Dana Sandler’s recent ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’ and on each other’s records, and in such varied performance settings as grinding out several sets a night on a cruise ship and accompanying classical Indian dance. Carmen says, “It’s such a pleasure to play with both of them that I can’t wait for us all to be together.”
The trio’s set will be prerecorded at Q Division Studios and Concert will premiere online on Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 pm on YouTube. You can also follow our Facebook Events page for the most up to date personnel and other performance details. This performance is free, however donations strongly encouraged.