Rebecca Hennessy is a Toronto based trumpeter, vocalist and composer active in many different genres of music. Focused mainly in performing and composing jazz and creative music, Rebecca is equally comfortable playing roots, folk, R&B, mariachi, pop and blues. She has been carving her way in the Canadian and international music scene since moving to Toronto in 2003 from Nanaimo, BC. Since then, she has toured to Mexico, Europe, USA, and extensively in Canada playing with various groups.
Rebecca’s newest band, FOG, is a New Orleans Brass band party with the intricacies of a modern jazz sextet. This band features the brassy fun-times frontline of tuba, trombone and trumpet, that will have your toe tapping and your body grooving alongside energetic electric guitar, rich piano harmonies and deep drum beats that that will take you through sounds inspired by funky blues, old country, folk tunes and chamber/modern jazz.
Rebecca is a member (co-leader, composer) of Toronto’s chamber-jazz quartet, Hobson’s Choice, alongside Felicity Williams , Harley Card and Michael Davidson. Hobson’s Choice has been performing and recording since 2008 and has since released three independently funded EP’s and a new full length album (“Of The Waves”) on Barnyard Records with the support of the OAC. “Of The Waves” (NNNN).
Recently, Rebecca spent seven months studying, composing and playing in NYC after being awarded the OAC Chalmers Professional Development Grant. While in NYC, Rebecca studied trumpet and composition with Ralph Alessi and John McNeil. She was also able to record with a new group featuring Petr Cancura, Michael Herring and Richie Barshay called Way North.
Rebecca is the musical director Massey Hall’s annual Women’s Blues Revue. She can also be heard performing regularly with The Woodshed Orchestra, Drumhand, as well as Viva Mexico Mariachi.
Rebecca has performed with many world class jazz and pop artists including: Ab Baars, Ken Vandermark, Mike Murley, Andrew Downing, Nick Fraser, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, Owen Pallett, Broken Social Scene and Feist.
Rebecca has a jazz performance degree from University of Toronto and Vancouver Island University, and in 2007 participated in the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music directed by internationally renowned trumpeter Dave Douglas