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Cat and Mouse Game 

At the Camel, Brian Jones gives props to the 'toons.

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Drummer and bandleader Brian Jones will revisit one of last year's most memorable performances when he and his band perform scores composed for seven classic “Tom and Jerry” cartoons at the Camel on July 20.

At Jones' Chesterfield County library show last year, where the concept was first unveiled, it was difficult to say which was more diverting: the timeless, slapstick cat-vs.-mouse animation or the shadows of children dancing to the music between the projector and the wall that served as a screen.

The project has lurked just below the surface ever since Jones began using the “Tom and Jerry” theme as a set closer; his supporting 'toonmasters at the Camel will include frequent Jones collaborators J.C. Kuhl on sax and Randall Pharr on bass, and feature No BS Brass and Fight the Big Bull trombonist Reggie Pace, whose exuberant, unfettered style is perfect for environmental sounds and wacky special effects.

This colorful and kinetic evening will feature two shows, including a 7 p.m. kids' concert. The material will be repeated at 9, followed by a new set of improvisations to the works of experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage at 10:30.

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