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.

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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