Charlie Doggett was born in Oregon and began playing drums at an early age. His first paying job as a musician was at the age 15. Up to this point Doggett was mostly self taught and he credits his uncle, (who played trumpet), with showing him how to hold the drumsticks. His first formal teachers were at the University of Oregon and included drummers Chris Lee, Alan Jones, and pianist Gary Versace.
Upon graduating from the U of O, Doggett was employed by both the University of Oregon and Lane Community College teaching drum set and percussion. He later relocated to Portland Oregon where he currently resides.
Doggett has performed extensively throughout the Northwest, West Coast, Canada, and Europe. He is a member of Upper Left Trio, a group comprised of pianist Clay Giberson and bassist Jeff Leonard. This piano trio has been together for nearly a decade and has four releases to date on the Origin Arts Label… "Cycling", "Sell Your Soul Side", "Three", and "Ulternative".
Doggett is a member of the David Friesen Trio, and the David Friesen Quintet. Recordings include "Five and Three", released in 2009, and the soon to be released, 2013, "Brilliant Heart".
He is also a member of the Superjazzers, a quartet led by saxophonist Tim Willcox. Other members include pianist David Goldblatt, and bassist Bill Athens. This adventurous quartet released it's debut recording in 2011 entitled, Superjazzers Vol. 1, thus launching the independent jazz record label Ninjazz Records.
Some other ensembles of note include a spectacular trio with tenor saxophone legend John Gross and internationally acclaimed pianist/lyricist/composer Dave Frishberg. The trio has one release to date entitled, Strange Feeling.
Another fantastic band of note is The Two Tenors and Dave Frishberg - a quintet inspired by and dedicated to the music of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. This band is fronted by tenors David Evans-(leader), and Lee Wuthenow. Dave Frishberg, Tom Wakeling and Charlie Doggett round out the rhythm section.
Additionally, Doggett has had the privilege of performing with many other wonderful musicians including Charles McPherson, Randy Porter, Ralph Bowen, Rich Perry, John Stowell, Poncho Sanchez, Darrell Grant, Obo Addy, Titos Sampa, Steve Christofferson, Glen Moore, Gary Versace, Dan Balmer, and many others.