Matt was privileged to play in the University of Maine August Faculty Ensemble this year, and we have the videos to prove it! Along with Matt were Michael Dease, Tim Weir, Steve Grover, Greg Loughman, and David Wells.
Matt will be continuing his busy schedule throughout Winter 2012, playing at several great venues in November and December. To find out more, go to the shows page.
In addition to his own schedule, Matt continues to spend lots of time working with students at the Midcoast School Of Music in both Bath and Portland, Maine. At the moment, he is involved with several of the ensembles that are practicing for an upcoming showcase on November 12th at The Stockhouse Restaurant in Westbrook, Maine. If you or someone you know is interested in either music lessons or playing with great musicians, this is a good way to see what MSOM is all about.
Some video from a recent wedding performance by Matt’s band Retrospecticus, playing everyone’s favorite 1980′s Journey hit…
Matt is very excited to be adding new shows throughout Fall and Winter 2012. Over the next few months, he can be found at Nonantum Resort (Kennebunkport, Maine), Azure Cafe (Freeport, Maine), and Mombo Restaurant (Portsmouth, New Hampshire).
Also, you’ll be able to find Matt at various showcase performances by ensembles from Midcoast School Of Music as their students venture out at venues in Maine.
Matt’s calendar has been updated through the end of Summer 2012 – head on over to the shows page for more information. Most Thursdays and Fridays, you’ll be able to catch Matt at Freeport’s Cafe Azure from 6 pm until 9 pm. Most Saturdays, Matt will be in Portsmouth, NH at Mombo on Marcy Street from 7 pm until 10 pm. Stop by and say hello!
As always, dates and venues are subject to change with little to no notice. In spite of his efforts to keep everyone updated, you may want to call the venue with any questions prior to heading out if there’s any doubts. Thanks!
Thank you for visiting Matt’s website! We are in the process of updating… well, just about everything. Things will be back to normal shortly including an updated listing of Matt’s performances, videos, audio clips, press clippings, and more.
Please check back soon!
In 2010, Matt returned to the Azure Cafe in Freeport, Maine – the site of his live album in 2006. With a group of superb musicians in tow, it was yet another night for great music. Photos by Ross Elliot.
Matt Fogg & Hassan Muhammad
Keyboard duets with two incomparable pianists, recorded live in 2009 at Bowdoin College in Maine.
1) Blues For Steve
2) Alone Together
3) In A Mellow Tone
4) Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
5) Blue Bossa
6) Hymn To Freedom
7) Del Sasser
8) C Jam Blues
9) Lemon Lime Vibe
Matthew Fogg – keyboards
Hassan Muhammad – keyboards
Formed originally as a one-off function band, Retrospecticus has become one of the most sought-after function bands in Southern Maine. Performing at weddings, corporate functions, and parties of all sizes, they are a group of professional musicians who are skilled and dedicated to their craft. These photos were taken from a show in Freeport, Maine in 2009.
by Liz Singer from www.hotindienews.com, posted December 15, 2008
Throughout “Live at the Azure Cafe”, the latest album by Matthew Fogg and Nicole Hajj, Hajj’s voice is crystal-clear and stunningly jazzy, while Fogg’s piano skills are solidly spectacular. On “Cry Me a River,” the instrumental introduction makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a dream as the melody takes you to a faraway place. And once the vocals kick in, it becomes clear that these musicians’ talents are ones to be reckoned with.
“It Never Entered My Mind” mixes it up with a funky-fresh intro, toe-tapping beat, and upbeat, airy mood; it sounds like you’re like stepping onto the city streets early in the morning, ready to take on the day. Hajj’s voice dazzles through and through, sounding exactly like the amazingly sweet voice of Eva Cassidy. Between the wonderful vocals and almost-too-perfect instrumental riffs, I honestly couldn’t decide which I loved more.
With its strumming bass intro, “Twisted” is classic jazz at its best. My favorite track, though, is a remake of Norah Jones’ “The Nearness of You.” A personal favorite song of mine, I absolutely fell in love with this slightly slower, jazzier rendition. Both voice and keys are 100% “on,” and it’ll be no surprise when this duo reaches a similar fate as Norah herself.
On “Night & Day,” Hajj’s vocals continued to give me goose bumps as she hit higher, breathier notes, singing emotional lyrics about love. And on “Summertime,” her voice is as cool as a cold glass of lemonade, singing, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.”
Slower and jazzier than ever, this track proves that even a jazz duo can create a diverse, eclectic album that constantly keeps listeners guessing about what they’re about to hear next.
From beginning to end, “Live at the Azure Cafe” proves the versatility of both Matthew Fogg and Nicole Hajj, as they skillfully re-create timeless songs to better fit their own talents and turn the old into something new, and—as is the case here— even better than the originals.