Matthew Fogg & Cheri Gaudet Grimmett

Matthew Fogg & Cheri Gaudet Grimmett

BandJazzGospel

Jazz-gospel-pop hybrid songwriting infused with a multi-faceted and all-embracing faith.

Biography

Matthew Fogg’s musical journey began as a trumpet player. His interest in the piano didn’t develop until high school, when he began listening to greats such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarret. These legendary jazz musicians, among others, helped Matt discover a new passion to pursue...jazz piano.

Matthew attended the University of New Hampshire, earning a degree in Music Education with an emphasis on piano (concentrating on jazz, as well as classical). He’s performed in university ensembles and had the opportunity to play with legendary jazz musicians like Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Bud Shank, and Jimmy Heath.

Following graduation, Matthew embarked upon a career as an educator, working as the choral director at Morse High School in Bath, Maine. He also maintained a performing career, playing with his own Matt Fogg Quartet at respected clubs and upscale restaurants throughout New England.

Today, Matthew serves as the Spiritual Arts Coordinator at the United Church of Christ in Bath. He directs the choir, fosters musical education throughout the congregation, has organized an ongoing “coffeehouse”, and recently introduced Taize services to the community. His most recent jazz project, “Live at the Azure Café,” was just released in March, 2005. This CD has already resulted in two television appearances on the WCSH/NBC news magazine show “207” and an invitation from Maine Public Radio luminary Rich Tozier to perform a “live in the studio” concert on his Friday Night Jazz program.

Cheri Gaudet Grimmett has been singing and writing songs from a very young age, but preferred to keep those passions to herself for much of her youth. Instead, Cheri was a star trombonist in high school and college, taking home several state and regional awards and honors from festivals held everywhere from Caribou, Maine, to Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to performing in high school and college ensembles, Cheri has performed with legendary jazz trombonist Don Doane, and has been a member of the Maine-based Phil Rich Swing Band since her senior year of high school.

Cheri studied trombone at Middle Tennessee State University with David Loucky, a respected performer with the Nashville Symphony. She also attended the University of Southern Maine, and it was there that she rediscovered her passion for singing. After college, Cheri cut her teeth singing with Tribe Describe, an all-original jam rock band. She began listening to and watching as many great vocalists, songwriters and performers as she could, especially Carole King, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, a cappella pioneers Rockapella, and contemporary Christian pop stars, the Newsboys. Cheri also wrote, performed and recorded several of her own songs with Tribe Describe. Tribe Describe’s performances brought Cheri to venues such as Portland, Maine’s State Theater, Hempstock, and most of Portland’s night clubs and pubs.

The partnership between Cheri and Matthew began in earnest in 2002, when the pair formed Retrospecticus, a general business band covering disco, soul, rock and funk music from the 60s through the 80s. The same year, the duo entered and won local Christian radio station WMSJ’s WOW Us With Your Talent contest. The climax of the competition included opening for national Christian singer/songwriter, Chris Rice, at Portland, Maine’s Merrill Auditorium.

Cheri and Matthew’s most recent project, scheduled to be released near the end of 2005, is a collection of original music written over the span of their individual music careers. It is best described as a jazz-gospel-pop hybrid infused with a multi-faceted and embracing faith. Matthew’s exceptional harmonic ear and arranging expertise blend smoothly with Cheri’s vocal, melodic and lyrical talents resulting in a refreshingly unique musical statement.

Discography

"The Nearness of You" (2003) Nicole Hajj with the Matt Fogg Quartet'; arrangements by Matthew Fogg; available at www.mattfogg.com

"Live At the Azure Cafe" (2005) Matthew Fogg & Nicole Hajj; produced & arranged by Matthew Fogg; available at www.cdbaby.com

"Benny's Yen" and "Blues For Steve" (2005) written, arranged & performed by Matthew Fogg; available at www.mattfogg.com

"Wade In the Water" and "Bottle Down" (2005) written, arranged and performed by Cheri Gaudet Grimmett & Matthew Fogg; available at www.mattfogg.com

Set List

A sample set list includes:

Benny's Yen
Bottle Down
Dreamy Eyes
Be Not Afraid
Love/Hate Relationship
Slip Of the Tongue
Go Down Moses
Blues For Steve
Waiting For the Day

Our sets last between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the venue.