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.

Kevin Harris & Steve Langone

Still a few tickets remaining for this weekend's outdoor Mandorla Music offering in Milton! Pianist Kevin Harris & Drummer Steve Langone play duo.

There's more outdoor music coming up in Milton next Sunday from Dot Jazz partner Mandorla Music. Dot Jazz fans may remember Steve from his appearance with Clear Audience last fall, or from his appearances at past Greater Ashmont Main Street fundraiser events. Tix at

Tix are going fast for this weekend's outdoor offering from Dot Jazz partner Mandorla Music. Harpist Charles Overton and vibraphone player Julian Loida draw on classical, jazz, world folk, and ambient music influences to weave an intricate musical tapestry. Tix are available at

Mandorla Music outdoor offerings in September!

Dot Jazz partner Mandorla Music is planning some outdoor music in September. Read on for more info.

Jason Palmer Creates "Duos in Dedication" for Breonna Taylor - JazzTimes

Jason Palmer played the first Dot Jazz concert back in 2017. Check out the inspired and timely work he's been up to lately. Trumpeter/educator Jason Palmer has created 14 new duo tracks—with accompanying videos—honoring Breonna Taylor.

Hey there Dot Jazz people! Check out this weekend's audio offering from the good folks at the Newport Jazz Festival: classic sets from across the festival's history.

NEWPORT JAZZ REVIVAL RADIO! Since we can't be together at Fort Adams this weekend, we pulled 8 hours of amazing sets from our archives to share with you all. Be sure to tune in on Saturday August 8 (7PM-11PM ET) and Sunday August 9 (2PM - 6PM ET) via, WBGO Jazz 88.3, and WEXT Radio. #jazztogether

Fundraiser for historic Wally’s Cafe Jazz Club surpasses goal in a week - Boston Business Journal

Hey all, we've been quiet for a while. Here's some good news for those of us invested in Boston's jazz community. Wally’s Café Jazz Club has now been closed for about three months, and the family sought financial support via GoFundMe after dozens of people from the community reached out asking how they could help. It raised $30,000 in a week.

Cooper Gallery Concert & Conversation with Gregory Groover Jr. (9-27-2019)

In the 2020 we expected, tonight was to have been the finale of the 2019-2020 Dot Jazz season, featuring the stellar young tenor player Gregory Groover Jr. and his quartet. Check this 2019 talk and performance at The Cooper Gallery, which also features Max Ridley on bass, Jesse Taitt on keys and Jharis Yokley on drums.

This monthly series at the Cooper Art Gallery aims to connect contemporary jazz arts performances with noted guest speakers, surrounded by stunning and provo...

A Millennial Musician

A fun new podcast find: Boston-area percussionist Julian Loida's 'A Millenial Musician.' Listening this AM to his chat with the amazing harpist Charles Overton - Dot Jazz fans will remember Charles from his appearance with Plamen Karadonev's band back in November. Called “one of the Boston music scene’s most valuable players”, percussionist Julian Loida launches ‘A Millennial Musician’ amidst the corona crisis featuring the stories of millennial musicians. Part musician, part producer, part entrepreneur, Loida’s conversations range from interviews...

buy recent Mandorla & Dot Jazz artists' music TODAY on Bandcamp!

A great way to support musicians is to buy their music. Many artists agree that Bandcamp is the most ethical operator in the digital music space, and today they're waiving fees so that artists will get 100% of the value of sales. Read on for info about a bunch of recent Dot Jazz and other Mandorla artists who have music available on Bandcamp.

The Jazz Session #519: Eric Hofbauer

On today's episode of The Jazz Session, host Jason Crane talks with Eric Hofbauer about 'Book of Fire.' We didn't know when we presented the project's release concert back in February that it would unfortunately be the last show in our 2019-2020 season, but what a note to end on! Guitarist Eric Hofbauer recently released Book of Fire (Creative Nation Music, 2020), the second in what will be a five-album series centered on the five aspects of the Chinese philosophy wu xing. …

Wayne Shorter Quartet Reunion (Virtual Event) | Berklee College of Music events

Dot Jazz fans, we miss seeing you all in Peabody Hall! Heads up about this very cool offering from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute this Thursday at 2, right there on whatever screen you're looking at now. In celebration of International Jazz Day, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) presents a virtual reunion with the Wayne Shorter Quartet, livestreamed on the BGJI page.

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In an alternate reality, Ken Field's Revolutionary Snake Ensemble would have been heating up Peabody Hall at tonight's Dot Jazz Series appearance. Here's a taste of what we missed: hold this thought, friends.

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble - "I Got It"

We're sad that Dot Jazz: Revolutionary Snake Ensemble couldn't happen as planned tonight! Hope all our fans & friends are staying safe and taking care of each other out there. Here's a look at the RSE from a 2014 appearance at the Kennedy Center in DC.

Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Boston's costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performs a unique blend of original and traditional New Orleans b...

cancellations, gratitude, and an opportunity to support artists

News from Dot Jazz Series and Mandorla Music Events.

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble - "Liza Jane"

It's a huge disappointment that the April Dot Jazz appearance by the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble won't be able to happen, given the current upside down state of the world. Here's a taste of Ken Field and company doing their joyful thing. Frequent doses recommended.

Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Boston's costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performs a unique blend of original and traditional New Orleans b...

buy recent Mandorla & Dot Jazz artists' music TODAY on Bandcamp!

It's a great day to support musicians you love - or musicians you don't yet know you love - by buying their music on Bandcamp, which for today only is waiving the cut they usually take. Read on for some recommendations...

[03/17/20]   Music is medicine. What sounds are helping you manage these worrisome times? Share below...

[03/11/20]   In light of Governor Baker's declaration of a state of emergency for Massachusetts as we grapple with the spread of the corona virus 2019, we regret that we are canceling the March 12 Dot Jazz Series concert. All guests who bought advance tickets will be refunded by the end of the day and the musicians will still be paid as intended. We urge everyone to stay up to date on this fast moving situation from official sources. Thank you for your understanding as we prioritize the public health needs.

Watch The Tiny Desk Contest Entries Public Radio Loves

Myrtle caught many an ear with their submission to NPR's 2019 Tiny Desk Contest. WBUR's Amelia Mason wondered "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." They play Peabody Hall on Ashmont Street on Thursday. Dot Jazz: Myrtle for more info and tickets. Each year, we receive entries from all 50 states, thanks in part to encouragement from NPR Member stations across the country. So we asked some stations to tell us about the entries they love.

Jazz vocalist Claire Dickson ready to break out into song - The Boston Globe

At Thursday's show, we're excited to celebrate the exceptional talents of two singers who attracted considerable attention while still in their teens. While Claire Dickson's aesthetic interests extend well beyond jazz tradition these days, she cut her teeth singing standards, and earning national recognition for it. This is a sweet Globe profile. More info about Thursdays show is at Dot Jazz: Myrtle. It’s not a stretch to say that Dickson, who has been performing since she was 3 years old, evokes thoughts of the Queen of Jazz herself, Ella Fitzgerald.

Camila Ortiz - Hands Leave (Official Video)

Camila Ortiz released her debut EP 'Carrot Flowers' before she ever left high school. Check this out. We look forward to presenting Camila Thursday with Myrtle, her genre-defying singing and songwriting partnership with Claire Dickson. More info and tix at Dot Jazz: Myrtle.

Directed by James Niebhur Produced by Heist ‘Carrot Flowers’ EP out 7.28.15 Get it on iTunes: Stream it on Spotify: http://tinyurl...

Claire Dickson - "Funny"

Myrtle's Claire Dickson and Camila Ortiz were both in Esperanza Spalding's songwriting workshop as Harvard undergrads a couple years back. After hearing this clip from Claire's final performance, you'll want to get tix for Thursday's Dot Jazz: Myrtle, available at

Final performance for Professor Esperanza Spalding's singer-songwriter workshop. Claire Dickson: voice and composition Camila Ortiz: voice Gabe Fox-Peck: piano

TBT: bassist Wes Brown, vocalist Patrice Williamson, and drummer Royal Hartigan at the May 2018 Dot Jazz show. They were part of a great band put together by Bill Lowe. Wes and Royal will perform with pianist John Kordalewski in Cambridge 3/6, a show put on by Dot Jazz partner Mandorla Music. More info & tix at Mandorla Music: John Kordalewski Trio.

Book of Fire Release Concert at the Dot Jazz Series, 2/13/20

Dot Jazz: Eric Hofbauer's Book of Fire, 2/13/20.

Wonderful turnout of engaged, adventurous listeners for this remarkable evening of music by Eric Hofbauer and Tony Leva! The evening began with pieces from the forthcoming 'Book of Wood,' featuring Eric on acoustic guitar and Tony on sintir seated on the edge of the stage. Following this, we were treated to the entirety of 'Book of Fire.' Eric doubled on guitar and drum machine, Tony moved between turntables and upright bass, and guest dancers Oliver and Xavi moved in front of the stage. Very memorable evening indeed. Thanks to all who came out!

Eric Hofbauer and Tony Leva’s surprise guests wows the crowd!

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Dot Jazz Series – Greater Ashmont Main Street

The “Book of Fire”🔥 concert is about to get. Heated up here in Peabody Hall.

Eric Hofbauer and bassist Tony Leva is just about ready for their album release concert.

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Sintir ✅

Get tickets 🎫 for you and your #valentine or #galentine for just $15 each at or at the door.

Join us at 7:30pm at All Saints Parish tonight! 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.

Buddy Bolden's Blues - Eric Hofbauer - solo guitar

We're just 2 days away from the Dot Jazz: Eric Hofbauer's Book of Fire cd release concert🙌🏾! Get a sneak peek of Eric's work here:

Check him out live next Thursday with tix here:

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Recorded live at Rotary Records by Warren Amerman. CNM 2016.

Coming Attractions: February 9 Through 25 - What Will Light Your Fire - The Arts Fuse

Some more advance attention for Thursday's Dot Jazz: Eric Hofbauer's Book of Fire, this time from Jon Garelick at The Arts Fuse. Thank Jon! Arts Fuse critics select the best in film, dance, visual art, theater, music, and author events for the coming weeks.

What’s happening in the local arts world - The Boston Globe

Great to see Dot Jazz: Eric Hofbauer's Book of Fire among Kevin Lowenthal's weekly jazz & blues picks in the Globe this weekend. Advance tickets for the 2/13 show are available at This week's picks from Globe critics.

Jazz concert in Ashmont will feature hip-hop infused duo

Thanks to Dan Sheehan at the Dorchester Reporter for this thoughtful piece about next Thursday's Dot Jazz: Eric Hofbauer's Book of Fire! Next week’s edition of the Dot Jazz Series (Thurs., Feb.13, 7:30 p.m. at Peabody Hall in All Saints Church) will celebrate the release of jazz guitarist Eric Hofbauer’s newest body of work, “Book of Fire,” the second album in a five-part series inspired by the five elements according to anci...

Hey all, it's Mark from Dot Jazz co-sponsor Mandorla Music. It's a very exciting month for music in Peabody Hall. Not only are we hosting the release concert for Eric Hofbauer & Tony Leva's remarkable 'Book of Fire' on 2/13 (Dot Jazz: Eric Hofbauer's Book of Fire for deets on that) but this Sunday Ashmont Hill Chamber Music presents this 'Bach and Ragas' program. Tabla player Amit Kavthekar has appeared on a few Mandorla-presented shows and he's an astonishing player, and part of as venerable a lineage with that instrument as one could imagine. Fingers are crossed that I can make it on what will be a tightly-scheduled day -- but you should go for sure!

Just two weeks from today, February 9 at 4pm, Bach & Ragas! Come hear the music which The Guardian has described as ". . . shimmering with brilliance . . . and circular melody . . . a celebration of life through music." Mark your calendars now! Tickets at the door or at

Eric Hofbauer

On Eric Hofbauer's birthday, here's a thoughtful and enthusiastic review from Burning Ambulance of his just-released 'Book of Fire.' We're pleased that Eric and collaborator Tony Leva will celebrate the release with their 2/13 Dot Jazz appearance. More info and tix at Dot Jazz: Eric Hofbauer's Book of Fire. Boston-based guitarist/composer Eric Hofbauer combines traditional styles such as blues, Tin Pan Alley and other forms of Americana with a deep knowledge and understanding of the avant-garde to pro…

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