Rebecca Hennessy is a Toronto based trumpeter, composer and bandleader 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, Panama, Europe, USA, and extensively in Canada playing with various groups.
Rebecca Hennessy’s FOG Brass Band, is a New Orleans inspired brass band party with the intricacies of a modern jazz group. This band features the brassy fun-times frontline of tuba (Jay Burr), trombone (Tom Richards) and trumpet (Rebecca Hennessy), that will have toes tapping and bodies grooving alongside energetic electric guitar (Don Scott), rich piano harmonies (Tania Gill) and deep drum beats (Nico Dann) that will take one through sounds inspired by funky blues, old country, Balkan, folk tunes and high-energy jazz-rock grooves. Rebecca, formed FOG Brass Band in 2014, shortly after spending seven months on a creative residency in NYC. Since then, FOG has been performing and recording regularly and in 2016 was nominated as a finalist for the TD Grand Prix De Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival and was also nominated for TD Halifax Jazz Festival Singray Rising Star Award.
Rebecca is a member of Way North, a band that brings together four musicians (Petr Cancura, Rebecca Hennessy, Michael Herring and Richie Barshay) who love to use jazz and improvisation as a means of exploring folk and world music. Their debut CD, Kings County, was launched in 2015 with an Ontario tour and it was picked by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the best Jazz CD’s of 2015. You can hear the influences of a wide range of folk genres, including the blues, old-time, Balkan, Brazilian and Calypso. In January 2016, Way North was invited to perform and teach at Danilo Perez’s Panama Jazz Festival. While in Panama they were also invited to the Mamoni Reserve in the jungle where they performed and collaborated as part of the NGO Earth Train’s Geoversity campaign.
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).
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 and or recorded 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, Feist and Adele.
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