Dot Jazz returns with virtual performance

Pianist Carmen Staaf, drummer Austin McMahon, and bassist Tony Scherr make up the new CAT Trio, which will play a Dot Jazz Series virtual show this Saturday.

The Dot Jazz Series is returning this weekend with the virtual debut of CAT Trio, a new combo featuring Boston drummer Austin McMahon, pianist Carmen Staaf, and bassist Tony Scherr.

The concert series, presented by Mandorla Music and Greater Ashmont Main Street, has been in hibernation since early last year. It will reboot with a video performance of the trio--filmed in April at Q Division Studios in Somerville--that will premiere at this Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Staaf, McMahon, and Scherr will 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 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."

All signs point to the event heralding the return of live music in the neighborhood: in a newsletter, series organizer Mark Redmond hinted at outdoor performances to come this spring and summer, as well as a possible return to indoor shows at some point down the road.

The performance will be available to view for free at; attendees are encouraged to make a donation of $5-$15 to Greater Ashmont Main Street to support future Dot Jazz Series programming. Donations can be made at

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