the doggThe Doggett Brothers are currently making waves on the UK soul scene.  They are a British band from Norfolk on the east side of England.  Their original sound is a crossover of Soul, Funk, Nu-jazz, Latin and Dance.

The band was formed by brothers Carl Doggett (drums) and Greg Doggett (guitar), who were influenced heavily by their dad, Alan Doggett, a talented jazz drummer.

He introduced Carl and Greg to Buddy Rich and big band, Weather Report, Average White Band and Simply Red’s ‘Stars’ album.  It was this album that laid Carl’s foundations to soul.  Later influences to the brothers include the sounds of Jamiroquai, Incognito, D’Angelo, Chick Korea, Lynden David Hall, Dwele, Steely Dan, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Roy Ayers, Tower of Power and Prince.

The Doggett Brothers came about in unusual circumstances.  In 2005, Greg was forced to cut short his studies at Leeds College of Music after developing a neurological condition in his hand called focal dystonia.  Then the condition resulted in him unable to play the guitar, Greg began to focus more on writing music.

The Doggett Brothers – Reminds Me of You

With Carl’s encouragement the brothers decided to record a few tracks live in the studio with some local session musicians from Norwich.  In 2009 the resulting single ‘Azure Sky’ was released and endorsed by the likes of Jazz FM, Snowboy and Blues and Soul’ Magazine. It was subsequently featured on the ‘Soul Unsigned Vol. 4’ compilation.

Band shotBy 2010, Greg’s determination and belief to perform live again proved possible after working hard re-training and developing his technique and style of play.

Greg believes that he is now playing better than he ever has done, and what was originally born as a studio project has now developed into an explosive, tight live act.

The brothers are joined by the talents of Benjamin Race on bass and Andy Nimmo on sax and keys who have become permanent members of the band.

Hit the Beat + bass solo Benjamin Race The Doggett Brothers

The Doggett Brothers released their debut album ‘Daylight’ on CD in March this year. The album has a collaboration of guest vocalists, featuring Sulene Fleming, Charlie Walton, and Laura May.  ‘Daylight’ is available to purchase on Amazon and has been receiving great reviews. The album has also been selling out in record stores, including London’s Soul Brother Records.

549427_10151321677482286_940364132_nIt will be available to download on iTunes very soon.On 9th March 2013, The Doggett Brothers proudly launched the album at London’s famous music venue The Jazz Café playing to a packed out crowd.

Sulene Fleming featured on vocals for this very special night of live music.  The band is looking forward to performing at the Jazz Café again in the near future.

The Doggett  Brothers  single ‘Joy’ and the album itself has earned great reviews from DJs all over the UK receiving  lots of airplay on stations such as Solar, Stomp, Zero, Point Blank and Platinum Groove radio to name a few.

The Doggett Brothers – Solar Radio Interview + Gary Spence

Writing continues with various artists including recent collaborations with Natasha Watts (Cool Million) On 4th August the band will be performing on the same bill as Bah Samba at this year’s Margate Soul Weekender. Live on stage with The Doggett Brothers will feature guest vocalist Katie Leone, who has previously worked with Incognito and Emeli Sande.  The Doggett Brothers are currently performing UK dates and hope to release European and US tour dates in the very near future.

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The Doggett Brothers – ‘Daylight’ Album Sampler

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