Our annual gig at the 606 Club in Chelsea - traditionally the first Thursday in March - had to be postponed this year due to circumstances beyond our control. Bassist Graham Brough, as many of you will know, was otherwise occupied at the Old Bailey as part of the Operation Elveden snaring of journalists. On Friday 17th April Graham - and the other three journalists on trial with him - were acquitted, and most commentators asked the obvious question: why did it even get this far, wasting millions of public money? We are thrilled that Graham has been vindicated and will be celebrating with a new gig at the 606: details to follow as soon as we have a date in place...
For the third year running, the Philip Dodd Quartet sold out the 606 Club in Chelsea. It's becoming a regular fixture: one of our supporters said it was now part of her social calendar up there along with Henley! We recorded the gig and will be posting a couple of clips shortly for your listening pleasure... The PDQ's next appearance will be at a private event in Stationers Hall, a launch event for an exhibition of typography curated by Philip's old friend Will Hill.
The Philip Dodd Quartet made a triumphant sell-out return to Chelsea’s eminently jazzy 606 Club on Thursday 3rd March. This year’s sets included many numbers the PDQ were trying out for the first time including Charles Lloyd’s ‘Migration Of Spirit’, the concentration-demanding 5/4 groove of Don Pullen’s ‘Saturday Nite At The Cosmos’ and a brand-new original called ‘Three Long Moons’. We were also honoured by a visit from jazz royalty, as vocalist Curtis Stigers, who was in town for a few days, came along to catch the show with Nick Revell, who was providing the stand-up comedy between sets again. To keep in the loop for future 606 events, mail Philip and we'll put you on the list.
The Philip Dodd Quartet – Philip on piano, with Paul Mason (tenor and soprano saxophones, flute), Graham Brough (double bass) and Will Awdry (drums) – are drawing up a schedule of gigs for the next few months, which will include a return in the New Year to the 606 Club in Chelsea where they appeared this March, supported by a stand-up comedy slot by Nick Revell.
The PDQ also opened the month-long arts festival in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, performing al fresco on 10th July. Nick Revell, by the way, will be trying out a new topical show, fronted by LBC’s James O’Brien, at the Hob in Forest Hill on Wednesday 15th September, Wednesday 22nd September and Wednesday 13th October – for more details go to the Hob website.