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.


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.