Dot Jazz Series

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

Who is Mandorla Music? Mark Redmond, the producer of Mandorla Music, is a therapist by day and a lover of Boston’s rich jazz scene by night. Since late 2013, Mark has presented jazz and related creative music in a number of intimate listening spaces in Greater Boston, including The Green Room and Third Life Studio in Somerville and ARTSpace in Mission Hill. ‘Mandorla’ is a mythological and architectural term referring to the almond-shaped space created by two overlapping circles. Mark’s aim as a presenter is to “foster spaces for overlap, for meeting: between musicians, between players & listeners, and between the immediate and the transcendent.” A former resident of Ashmont and a current resident nearby in Milton, he is excited about co-producing the Dot Jazz Series and helping to grow a meeting-place for jazz lovers in Dorchester.

Where is All Saints Peabody Hall? All Saints Church has generously partnered with us to host our all our Dot Jazz Series! All upcoming performances will be held in the beautiful Peabody Hall in Parish of All Saints on 209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester. Thank you All Saints Church for helping make this cultural event a reality!

Thank you to our Supporters! The Dot Jazz Series is supported by the Boston Cultural Council (BCC) The BCC is in charge of distributing funds from the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Cultural Council to help support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming to enhance the quality of life in Boston. We are grateful to the BBC grant we received to bring this great program right to Dorchester

Upcoming 2018-2019 Season Schedule

Greater Ashmont Main Street and Mandorla Music are very pleased to co-present the 2018-2019 bimonthly Dot Jazz Series at Peabody Hall in the The Parish of All Saints in Dorchester. Doors open at 7pm and the $15 ticket includes dessert, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Wine will be available as well.

Reserve your tickets today. Buy tickets for your favorite artists or click below to buy the 2018 Season Pass for all Dot Jazz Series performances for a discount!

Thursday, September 13th:  Jason Palmer Quintet

We welcome back Jason Palmer, featured artist in our first concert in April of 2017. His successful performance marked the inception of creating a regular Jazz series! Jason is one of the most in demand musicians of his generation whose reputation only continues to grow. It’s been a big year for Jason: his latest albums, Live at Wally’s’Vol. 1 & 2, were released, he was recently the subject of a great profile in DownBeat Magazine, and in June 2018 he recorded a forthcoming album live at NYC’s The Jazz Gallery with Matt Brewer, Mark Turner and Kendrick Scott. Jason’s Band for this concert will feature Noah Preminger on tenor, Kevin Harris on keys, Max Ridley on bass and Lee Fish on drums.

Thursday, November 8th: Semenya McCord Sextet

We’re very pleased to present vocalist Semenya McCord. Though now based in Illinois, Semenya McCord was a critical part of the jazz scene in Boston for decades and maintains strong ties to the area scene. Daughter of the late singer/guitarist Ken Henderson, she started her graduate study at University of Massachusetts Amherst, working with Horace C. Boyer, Max Roach, and Archie Shepp. While in Amherst, she composed 19 songs for the play Tomorrow Has Been Here and Gone, and composed and recorded the title song for Shepps 1975 ‘Trumpet In My Soul.’

She was awarded Outstanding Jazz Vocalist by the Boston Music Awards in 1988 and received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Musical Excellence in 1990 from the City of Boston.

Semenya will be joined by Frank Wilkins, piano; Daniel Day, bass; Alvin Terry, drums; Jeff Lockhart, guitar; and Bobby Tynes, reeds.

Thursday, January 10th: Jerry Bergonzi Quartet

This date will feature Boston-based tenor sax giant Jerry Bergonzi and his quartet.

“Bergonzi’s quintessentially modern tenor sax style melds the linear, chromatic approach of such greats as Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter with the horizontal, chordal techniques of John Coltrane. His tone is full-bodied with an occasional hard edge, enhanced by a savvy use of dynamics and creatively varied articulation. He’s an expressive and versatile player, as comfortable playing the hoariest of jazz standards as he is playing an Ornette-ish free tune. Above all, his manner of playing is utterly spontaneous and distinctive. With such contemporaries as Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, George Garzone, and Dave Liebman, Bergonzi has helped define the modern approach to his instrument.” – JazzTimes magazine

Thursday, March 14th: Mixcla Trio

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll present MIXCLA, a trio led by composer/pianist and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion. MIXCLA combines sounds from the mountains of Chile, the traditions of Japan, and the fires of Cuba, to achieve a truly unique Latin jazz experience.

Thursday, May 9th: Kurtis Rivers/Alain Pacowski Quartet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our final show of the 2018-2019 series features alto saxophonist Kurtis Rivers and guitarist Alain Pacowski and their quartet. For many years, Kurtis and Alain played one of the best kept secrets in Boston jazz, a Sunday evening residency at Dorchester’s Ramsey/Toy VFW Post. Kurtis is a regular member of the Makanda Project, and has played with the Either Orchestra and Salim Washington’s Roxbury Blues Aesthetic. Alain splits his time between Boston and New York, and released ‘Double A’ with Alan Chaubert. The two have played together for decades, first meeting at Wally’s in the South End when both played regularly there.

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