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.

2023 – 2024 Live Concerts

Dot Jazz, a presenting collaboration between Greater Ashmont Main Street and Mandorla Music, returns to Peabody Hall for a live and in-person show. We will be offering evening concerts throughout 2023 – 2024. Additional show details are below.

March 16th, 2024: Wayfaring (Katie Ernst & James Falzone)

Taking its name from a beloved American folk song, Wayfaring is a duo project between bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst and clarinetist James Falzone. What began as a casual meeting between like-minded players has formed into a collective of unusual nuance and depth, drawing on source material from the jazz tradition, hymns, folk songs, and original compositions from Ernst and Falzone.

“One of the most austerely beautiful recordings of the year sounds very much like a balm for troubled times. Elements of jazz, folk, pop, blues, and other genres course through this work, but it’s the long-lined lyricism and pervasive warmth of the music-making that leave the deepest and most lasting impression. ” — Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune.

“Modern jazz history is rife with strong duos, but Wayfaring stands out by channeling ideas from American folk tradition or the church into music that extends well beyond the language of jazz. A stunning record.” — Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with ID $10 at the door. Under 18 free.

 

February 15th, 2024: Witness Matlou Trio

Witness Matlou is a pianist, composer, arranger, performer, and educator. He is a professor of Harmony and Piano at Berklee College of Music, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree, studying under the direction of Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Yoron Israel, and George Garzone.

Matlou’s compositions and arrangements bring jazz piano into conversation with traditional music of his native South Africa, folk, gospel, soul, and classical music. He has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the DC Jazz Festival, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands).

The Witness Matlou Trio also features John Lockwood (South Africa) on bass and Lee Fish (USA) on drums.

 

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with ID $10 at the door. Under 18 free.

 

January 20, 2024: Fred Woodard Collective – ‘Indigo’ Release Concert

We’re delighted to welcome the Fred Woodard Collective back to Dot Jazz. Anyone who was there for their 2019 appearance can attest that it’s a joy to see and hear veteran Boston guitarist Fred Jr and violinist son Fred III play off each other as they play dad’s tunes and interpretations of soul jazz favorites, with bassist Melvin Graham and drummer Matthew WIlliams taking care of business underneath. This time, they’re celebrating the release of ‘Indigo,’ Fred’s first new album in too long and first with this band.

 

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with ID $10 at the door. Under 18 free.

Thursday December 7, 2023: Ana Petrova Organ Project feat. Mark Walker & Lihi Haruvi

Anastassiya Petrova is a jazz pianist/organist from Kazakhstan currently based in Boston. We’re excited to have the opportunity to present a new project of hers at Dot Jazz. The Ana Petrova Organ Project features Lihi Haruvi on alto and sopranino saxophones and Grammy winning drummer Mark Walker, and will play a selection of original compositions, songs written by female composers and organ jazz classics.

Anastassiya has been playing the piano since the age of 5. In 2015 she was granted a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music and later on was accepted to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute program, where she was mentored by renowned musicians such as John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Street, George Garzone, and others. She holds bachelor’s degree in Performance and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree from Berklee Global Jazz Institute majoring in Global Jazz Performance.

Throughout her musical career, she has been given opportunities to share the stage with renowned musicians such as Chris Potter, Noah Preminger, Allan Chase, Patricia Perez, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Marco Pignataro, Ellis Hall, Catherine Russell, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman and others. She participated in international festivals such as Umbria Jazz Festival 2013 (Italy), Wave of Ideas 2015 (Bulgaria), Panama Jazz Festival 2020, 2021 (Panama), Beantown Jazz Festival 2018 (Boston, MA), Monterey Jazz Festival 2018 (Monterey, CA), and appeared at “The Voice” TV show in Kazakhstan and TEDx Talks at Suffolk University.

Ana currently teaches at both Berklee College of Music and Longy School of Music of Bard College.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with ID $10 at the door. Under 18 free.

Saturday November 18, 2023: Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara

Over the past thirty years, over twenty-five albums and hundreds of gigs in dozens of different bands, drummer Tomas Fujiwara and cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum have developed one of the deeper levels of creative communication in the contemporary music scene – in groups under Fujiwara’s leadership like Triple Double and Shizuko, ensembles led by Bynum including his Sextet, 9-tette, and PlusTet big band, and collective projects like Illegal Crowns (with Mary Halvorson and Benoit Delbecq) and the Thirteenth Assembly (with Halvorson and Jessica Pavone). Throughout this history, they’ve maintained their duo, which has released four albums: “True Events” (2007), “Stepwise” (2010), “Through Foundation” (2014), and “Notice” (2022).
Described as “a ubiquitous presence in the New York scene…an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his impressively nuanced drumming,” (Point of Departure) Brooklyn-based Tomas Fujiwara is an active player in some of the most exciting music of the current generation. In addition to this duo project, he leads the bands Triple Double, 7 Poets Trio, and Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up; is a member of the collective trio Thumbscrew (with Mary Halvorson and Michael Formanek); and engages in a diversity of creative work with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson, Tomeka Reid, Matana Roberts, Nicole Mitchell, Ben Goldberg, Amir ElSaffar, Benoit Delbecq, and many others. In 2021, he won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Rising Star Drummer, and premiered two suites of new music as part of his Roulette Residency: “You Don’t Have to Try” (with Meshell Ndegeocello) and “Shizuko.” His most recent work is “Dream Up,” a suite for percussion quartet, commissioned by NYSCA and Roulette Intermedium. “Drummer Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting. His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has away of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint…A conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope.” (New York Times)
Taylor Ho Bynum is a musician, teacher, and writer, with a background including work in composition, performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, production, organizing, and advocacy. His expressionistic playing on cornet and other brass instruments, his expansive vision as composer, and his idiosyncratic improvisational approach have been documented on over twenty recordings as a bandleader and over a hundred as a sideperson. His past endeavors include his Acoustic Bicycle Tours (where he traveled to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles) and his stewardship of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation (which he served as executive director from 2010-2018, producing and performing on many major Braxton projects, including two operas and multiple festivals). Bynum has worked with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor and currently enjoys playing with friends in collective ensembles like his duo with Tomas Fujiwara, Illegal Crowns (with Fujiwara, Benoit Delbecq, and Mary Halvorson), and Geometry (with Kyoko Kitamura, Tomeka Reid, and Joe Morris), and as a sideperson in groups led by Fujiwara, Reid, Jim Hobbs, Bill Lowe, Bill Cole, and William Parker, among others. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Baffler, Point of Departure and Sound American, and he has been the director of the Coast Jazz Orchestra at Dartmouth College since 2017.
$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with ID $10 at the door. Under 18 free.

 

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with ID $10 at the door. Under 18 free.

Thursday May 11th, 2023: Claire Dickson with Magdalena Abrego

Vocalist Claire Dickson grew up in a musical household in the Boston area, and is currently based in Brooklyn. Homeschooled until college, she trained herself in jazz and improvisation thanks to a fascination with Ella Fitzgerald, and by the time she had finished high school had performed at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops and the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. During her undergraduate years at Harvard, she studied with Esperanza Spalding, who encouraged her development of unique sensibility that melds her jazz roots with ambient, pop and electronic approaches to music. For her 2022 release Starland, she used field recordings, synthesizers, and samples to build instruments and sound worlds that investigate dream states and sensations.

In addition to her solo work, Dickson is the vocalist for the Chase Elodia Quartet, co-leads the songwriting project Myrtle (with Camila Ortiz), and is a Metropolis Ensemble commissioned composer. Her music has been featured on Bandcamp New and Notable, Jazziz, and Downbeat, and has been recognized by ASCAP and YoungArts.

Claire Dickson graduated from Harvard College in 2019 with B.A. in psychology and music as well as the Robert Levin Prize in Musical Performance, the David McCord Prize in the Arts, and a Booth Fellowship.

For this performance, she’ll be joined by guitarist Magdalena Abrego..

 

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with ID $10 at the door. Under 18 free.

Thursday March 2, 2023: Rick McLaughlin Trio

Rick McLaughlin, bass | Sheryl Bailey, guitar | Yoron Israel, drums

Bassist, composer and professor of Harmony and Composition at Berklee, Rick McLaughlin is perhaps best known by Boston audiences for his long tenure with the adventurous “little big band” Either/Orchestra. He’s also shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Don Byron, Steve Lacy, John Medeski, Danilo Perez, and John Zorn, Ethiopian music legends Mulatu Astatke and Mahmoud Ahmed, rock musicians Willie “Loco” Alexander, Morphine and Peter Wolf, and country music star Roger Miller. These days, he can often be seen with Listen To This, a band paying sonic homage to Miles Davis’ electric period, and with this stellar trio featuring fellow Berklee educators guitarist Sheryl Bailey and drummer Yoron Israel.

After many years in New York, Sheryl Bailey recently moved to Boston to serve as Assistant Chair of the guitar department at Berklee. While in Boston, she has performed with George Garzone, the Bob Nieske 6, Allan Chase, Noah Preminger and Jason Palmer. Her organ trio the Sheryl Bailey 3 has released several albums and has performed in China, Canada, Europe and the US. She has also toured and recorded with the Anat Cohen Tentet, Richard Bona, Lea Delaria, and David Krakauer.

Drummer Yoron Israel, chair of Berklee’s Percussion Department, has performed with a literal “who’s who” of music, having accompanied everyone from Abbey Lincoln to Tony Bennett to Jimmy Heath to Pharoah Sanders. Locally, he leads his own projects and is frequently seen behind the kit for the Makanda Project. He also serves as Pastor of Music and Art at Destiny Life Center International in Randolph, MA.

Together, the three bring together their diverse musical interests, performing originals composed by each member of the group, drawing from Brazilian music, Latin jazz, gospel music, and the harmonic explorations of John Coltrane. Reaching beyond their original music, arrangements focus on a wide range of influences, from Stevie Wonder to John Scofield, Jim Hall to Duke Ellington and the mid-20th century American opera composer Carlisle Floyd. The result is music which is in the moment, of the time, incorporates music history, and connects deeply with audiences.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with ID $10 at the door. Under 18 free.

Thursday January 19, 2023: Gregory Groover Quintet

Tenor Saxophonist Gregory Groover Jr. kicks off the 2023 Dot Jazz Series with his group.

We are excited to kick off our 2023 Dot Jazz Series, co-presented with Mandorla Music, with the wonderful tenor saxophonist Gregory Groover and his group, which will also feature Jason Palmer on trumpet, Santiago Bosch on piano, Max Ridley on bass and Tyson Jackson on drums.

Playing for a higher purpose has been saxophonist Gregory Groover’s modus operandi since he was a teenager. The son of a pastor, Groover picked up the saxophone after hanging around worship band rehearsals at church.

His love and pursuit of music directed him to the Boston Arts Academy, and upon graduation he earned a full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music. He received both his Bachelors and Masters in Music Performance Studies through the Global Jazz Institute, headed by world-renowned artistic director, pianist, and UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Perez. Groover now serves as Assistant Chair of Berklee’s Ensembles Department.

Groover’s musical upbringing in the church is reflected in his two ‘Negro Spiritual Songbook’ releases, featuring modern explorations of music with deep roots in African American religious tradition.

Gregory has had the honor to share the stage with prestigious musicians such as Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind, and Fire), Patrice Rushen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, and Esperanza Spalding. As a bandleader and a sideman, he has performed in music festivals in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Africa.

 

$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students with ID $10 at the door. Under 18 free.

Thanks for an excellent 2022 Season!

  • Saturday November 5, 2022 at 8:00pm: Yulia Musayelyan Quartet
  • Saturday May 21, 2022 at 8:00pm: Ian Coury & Catherine Bent
  • Saturday March 19, 2022 at 8:00pm: Naledi Masilo