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.
MEET THE BAND
Bandleader Rebecca Hennessy is a high-in demand trumpeter, composer and arranger in Toronto’s rich music scene. She also leads Makeshift Island, co-leads for Hobson’s Choice, Way North and Sweet Pea, is the musical director for Massey Hall’s Annual Women’s Blues Revue. She is also a regular band member in the Woodshed Orchestra, DRUMHAND, and Skeleton Crew, to name a few.
As a composer, Rebecca’s music has been featured as part of the Spectrum Music Series, on CBC radio(Hobson’s Choice) at Massey Hall for the Women’s Blues Revue and in various concert venues across Canada.
Tom Richards is a trombonist, pianist, composer, conductor, and low-brass specialist. He leads an alt-electro-jazz quartet called Riverrun and is a sideman in dozens of active projects. Riverrun has become well known for pushing the boundaries of conventional practice through the radical use of technology and the staging of 12-hour marathon performances. As a trombonist, Tom has recorded and performed with The Wooden Sky, The Hidden Cameras, Spoon, The Human Rights, Shred Kelly, The Thing Is, The Australian Art Orchestra, Drumhand, Theatre Columbus, and many others.
Jay Burr is an active tuba/trombonist, working in genres from contemporary jazz, to rock, latin, blues, bluegrass and beyond. He has defined himself as a tubist/bass player that sounds original: like no one but himself. Jay has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Sam Rivers, Jane Siberry, Mike Downes In The Current Ensemble, John Millard, Zubot and Dawson, The Longest Night Ensemble and many others in a wide array of musical styles. He continues to perform with his quartet Tuba4, FOG, the Latin Vintage Orchestra, the Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation (TWAC), the Red Light Sessions, and numerous other freelance gigs. He resides in Dundas, Ontario and considers himself a ‘professional driver’ who stops every once in awhile to perform music.
Don Scott is a Toronto-based guitarist and composer, and a well known force in Canada’s creative music scene. Don brings an unshakable energy and originality to his own music, and is sought after by many musicians as the “x-factor” in other projects. His melodic inventiveness, rhythmic fluidity, and passion for delving into sound and texture are essential to the many projects he leads or co-leads, including Peripheral Vision, God’s Gift To Yoda, Don Scott Trio, Run Stop Run, The Offbeat, and Idioteque, which showcases Don’s vocal skills, performing the music of Radiohead. In demand as a versatile sideman, Don has performed with international jazz legends, David Binney, Chris Potter, Jim Black, Dave Douglas, and Ernest Ranglin, and a “who’s who” of Canadian jazz players. In 2008-2009, Don split his time between New York and Toronto, and while there, studied with Adam Rogers, Ben Monder, and Donny McCaslin. In 2013, Don spent several months living in Berlin, studying with renowned composer, John Hollenbeck. Don’s piece, “Backbone” won the Galaxie Rising Star Award for best composition presented at the 2012 Montreal Jazz Festival. “Dominated by lively counterpoint…with constantly shifting and inventive underpinnings. Scott’s tone has a crisp bite, and his compositions have an edgy unpredictability.” Downbeat Magazine
Tania Gill is a Toronto-based pianist and composer, recognized for her original voice centred in jazz and improvised music. She has toured and recorded with notable musicians in many genres including The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Andrew Downing’s Melodeon ensemble, avant-garde jazz icon Anthony Braxton, the art rock band Deep Dark United, Charles Spearin and the Happiness Project and The Mark Segger Sextet. Tania released her critically acclaimed debut album Bolger Station (Barnyard Records) in 2010 with Lina Allemano (trumpet), Jean Martin (drums) and Clinton Ryder (bass). Tania teaches piano at Laurier University and Humber College and has an MMUS in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto.
Nico Dann is described as being “…fiendishly precise…” (pitchfork.com), Canadian Jazz Drummer Nico Dann has been peforming and recording for almost 20 years. Past projects include touring with chart-topping indie luminary tUnE-yArDs (4AD), ex Montreal Indie Band Sister Suvi , and Toronto’s Bernice. Current projects include Jazz/Classical/Folk ensemble Shepherds Heard and Indie-Folk band Elephant Ear. Nico has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal’s Off Jazz Festival, POP Montreal, South by Southwest, Glastonbury, and New York’s CMJ. Nico made his Classical debut with father Steven Dann and Joel Quarrington at the National Arts Centre in 2008. In 2010 Nico made his musical theatre debut at Toronto’s Summerworks Festival. Nico has studied with Jim Blackley, Jim Black, Chris McCann, Michel Lambert, Rémi Bolduc, Dave Douglas, Nasheet Waits and Antonio Hart among others. Nico has a BMus and an MA in Jazz from McGill University and CUNY Queens College in NYC, respectively. Nico has attended the Banff International Workshop on Jazz and Creative Music as well as an independent residency at the Banff Centre. Currently Nico currently lives in Toronto with his wife Classical soprano Ilana Zarankin.
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