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.

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, just steps from Ashmont MBTA Station and with ample on site parking.

2019-2020

Greater Ashmont Main Street and Mandorla Music are very pleased to co-present the 2019-2020 monthly Dot Jazz Series at Peabody Hall in the The Parish of All Saints in Dorchester.  Music starts at 7:30. Full season lineup and tickets below, but you can also follow our Facebook Events page for the most up to date personnel and other performance details.

Tickets to all concerts available now!

Thursday, September 12th: Clear Audience

We kick things off this year with the great quartet Clear AudienceSteve Fell (guitar), Andy Voelker (saxophones), Jef Charland (bass) & Luther Gray (drums). Boston jazz fans know these ubiquitous four individually – they’re everywhere – and if you haven’t experienced the synergy that happens when they’re together, now’s the time. Their 2015 release Medicine Ball earned a place on the Globe’s year-end list of best local albums, where critic Jon Garelick referred to their “beautiful sound and full-on adventure.”

Thursday, October 10th: Fred Woodard Collective

Our October show features The Fred Woodard Collective. Guitarist Fred Woodard is a veteran of Boston’s jazz scene as well as the presenter behind The Dudley Jazz Festival. He’s joined by his son Frederick on violin, Melvin Graham on bass and Matthew Williams on drums. Fred described the band’s music as “straight-ahead jazz spiced with R&B.”

Thursday, November 14th: Plamen Karadonev Trio

Our November concert will features Plamen Karadonev and his band. Karadonev came to Boston from his native Bulgaria in the mid ’90s and has been a familiar face on the local scene since. He’s played with greats like Randy Brecker, Jimmy Cobb, David Liebman and Jerry Bergonzi, with whom he often plays these days – and with whom he appeared at Dot Jazz in early 2019. His trio features himself on piano and accordion, Charles Overton on harp and Austin McMahon on drums, and plays music. They’ll play Plamen’s compositions, with Influences including Eastern European folklore, 20th century classical music and other contemporary styles with a jazz foundation.  They’ll be joined on some numbers by vocalist Elena Koleva.

Thursday, December 12th: Tomoko Iwamoto & 440

Our December concert will feature Tomoko Iwamoto and 440. 440 play jazz in the Manouche or “gypsy jazz” style popularized by Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris,swing-era music by such American composers as Cole Porter, George Gershwin & Benny Goodman as well as originals by the band. In addition to Tomoko Iwamoto on violin, the band includes Mark Chenevert on clarinet, Jack Soref on guitar and Sven Larson on bass.

Thursday, January 9th: Nina Ott Quartet

Our January concert will feature keyboard player and bandleader Nina Ott. Nina is a jazz pianist/organist and composer originally from Detroit. She began playing piano at age 7. Nina performs as a bandleader and side-woman in various projects and has worked with musicians from many genres. Nina will play keyboard instruments, and will be joined by Christopher Lopes (Jeff Parker Trio, Astronomico) on bass, Dean Johnston aka The Dux (Club d’Elf) on drums, and Grammy-winning percussionist Eguie Castrillo on congas. The quartet plays experimental original music with deep roots in jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions.

Nina has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, Detroit African American Festival, the Shalin Liu in Rockport, the Stanford Jazz Festival and other venues throughout the US, Europe and Asia. In addition to being a performer and bandleader, Nina has been on faculty at Berklee and the Stanford Jazz Workshop and has taught workshops for San Francisco Jazz Organization, Rockport Music and others.

Thursday, February 13th: Eric Hofbauer’s Book of Fire

Our February event will feature the new project Book of Fire, a collaboration between guitarist Eric Hofbauer and bassist Tony Leva. The two create a unique soundscape in this 5-part suite for guitar, bass, turntables and samples inspired by the writings and speeches of James Baldwin. The evening will also likely feature additional solo and duo pieces by Hofbauer and Leva.

Thursday, March 12th: Myrtle

Our March event will feature Myrtle, an experimental pop jazz ensemble featuring the vocal harmonies of Claire Dickson and Camila Ortiz.

Of their contribution to NPR’s 2019 Tiny Desk concert, ‘Shifted,’ WBUR’s Amelia Mason wrote, “In ‘Shifted,’ Myrtle casts a spell  and promptly breaks it. Singers Claire Dickson and Camila Ortiz begin in unison, with a soft chant that lifts into a dreamy melody. Things go as expected for a while: sweet harmonies; the barest brush of piano; some kind of ambient, tinkling percussion. Then, the singers land abruptly on a jarring, dissonant chord. They idle there, a little painfully, until at last the drums enter and the band begins a circuitous crescendo. Is it jazz disguised as folk? New Age with a sense of rhythm? Really quiet prog rock? The old categories are useless here. ‘Shifted’ is at once lovely and strange, a lullaby that lingers in discomfort.

Thursday, April 16th: Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Our April concert will feature the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. Led by saxophonist and composer Ken Field, the RSE is a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music inspired by the second line brass bands of New Orleans parades.

“They’ve pretty much modernized the traditional concept, and they’ve spun it into a singular sound that’s very unique and very vibrant. They accelerated the norm. They went past the tried and true. They managed to do it all with a very distinct musical persona.” – NPR’s Morning Edition/Glenn Astarita

“Sly funky tuneful avant garde jazz.” – New York Music Daily

Thursday, May 14th: Gregory Groover Quartet

Our May concert will feature tenor saxophone player Gregory Groover, Jr. and his quartet. Greg is an educator at his alma mater, Boston Arts Academy. He studied at Berklee and has shared the stage with Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind, and Fire), Patrice Rushen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, and Esperanza Spalding, among others.

He recently released his debut as a leader, Negro Spiritual Songbook Volume I. He says, “Negro Spirituals are at the bedrock of the African American musical experience, providing the foundation upon which many genres that are enjoyed now were built. Although the composers of these spirituals are largely anonymous and nameless, their music named the non-anonymous tragedy of slavery, while also naming a steadfast hope for a better tomorrow — maybe not for them, but for the future generation. The Negro Spiritual Songbook Volume I is a product of that hope from the future generation. It takes the words, melodies, and rhythms of that time and translates it into our current context of the twenty-first century. The result is a soulful celebration of what was, a dynamic presentation of what is, and a warm invitation for what is to come.

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.