Jazz concert series underway in Uphams Corner

From left, the Fred Woodard Collective: Matthew Williams – drums, Fred Woodard – guitar, Akili Jamal Haynes – bass, Fredrick Woodard (Fred’s son) – violin.

Boston-based guitarist Fred Woodard has announced a new jazz series, “Onward and Upward,” that will include four weekend concerts in Dorchester this fall.

The series will kick off on Sat., Oct. 6, with a performance by Woodard’s own band, The Fred Woodard Collective. The jazz sounds will be rounded out by performances from The Lance Martin Jazz Trio on Oct. 13, the Kurtis Rivers Quartet on Oct. 27, and the John Kordalewski Quintet on Nov. 3.
All performances will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dudley Neighborhood Community Building, 572 Columbia Rd., Dorchester.

The series, which is made possible by Design Studio for Social Intervention as part of “Destination Uphams,” its pop-up art community programming, is intended to “expose the community to live jazz free of charge,” according to Woodard. More information is available at ds4si.org.