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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

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