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On 17th September PDQ, the Philip Dodd Quartet hosted its sixth annual event at Chelsea's groovesome 606 Club. Another sell-out, this show featured a couple of cameo appearances. Piers Gibbon, adventurer, documentary maker, voiceover specialist and totally by coincidence Phil's brother-in-law, took on the daunting challenge of singing 'Compared To What', the soul-jazz classic from Les McCann and Eddie Harris's 1969 Montreux Jazz Festival show (check out the original on Youtube) and delivered it with panache. Richard McDonald, an old friend of the band - he came to the quartet's first ever gig in Oxford several moons ago - added his alto sax to 'Cold Duck Time' and 'Mr PC'. Sample comments from the audience: 'A little piece of heaven found in Chelsea. Wonderful!', 'Mellifluous musicology', and (naturally one of our favourites!) 'As young and lovely as ever'...

Photo of Paul Mason & Piers Gibbon courtesy of Sebastian Conran


Blowin' the soul out of that horn

Philip was recently asked to write the liner notes for Maceo Parker's new album, The Bremen Concert - which has just been released.

Maceo Parker made his name as one of James Brown's key sideman, playing sax on the Godfather of Soul's great 1960s releases, and later working with George Clinton's Funkadelic/Parliament outfits and Bootsy Collins. When Maceo struck out on his own he had an immediate success with the 1990 album Roots Revisited which allowed him to go back to the music he grew up with, from Ray Charles to 'Over The Rainbow'. After its release he went out on the road with fellow JB brass section stalwarts Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, and a younger jazz-orientated rhythm section led by Larry Goldings on organ. 25 years on, the new CD captures the band live in November 1990 on tour in Germany in all their funk-jazz-soulful finery.

As Maceo told Philip, 'Llistening back to this show, I got a warm feeling, the glow you have when you appreciate other musicians. Larry, Rodney, Bill, Fred, Pee Wee. Good Lord. It makes me swell  with pride.’

Maceo Parker is in the UK in mid-November at Under The Bridge in Chelsea as part of the London Jazz Festival: we'll report back from the gig...


PDQ back at the 606 - Thursday 17th September this year!


The Philip Dodd Quartet – Phil on piano, Paul Mason playing saxes and flute, Graham Brough on double bass and Will Awdry at the drum kit – are going to be in town again, but this time, just for a change, we are holding our traditional 606 Club gig in the early autumn (or let’s hope an Indian summer) rather than March.

And we’re raring to go, with fresh numbers to perform to friends old and new. Expect an evening of tasty food, convivial conversation and music that represents our signature blend of recognisable favourites alongside the totally unexpected and the charmingly under-rehearsed!

Here are a few favourite comments from the audience at last year’s gig to sum it all up: “Jazzalicious, nothing less”. “Sublime! Congratulations to all for uplifting the soul.” “Stay loose. And tight. How do you do that?”

Tickets are £25.00 a head, which includes supper, a free drink on arrival and two full sets of jazz. Doors open at 7.30pm and the first set starts at 8.30 approx., with a second set at around 10.00. The 606 Club is at 90 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0QD – do check out their website: www.606club.co.uk.

Tickets are already on sale and going on a first-come, first-served basis, so please make sure you reserve your tickets now by e-mailing Phil on mail@philipdodd.com.