Rebecca Hennessy & Michael Herring

Rebecca Hennessy is an award-winning Canadian trumpeter, singer, composer and bandleader. In November 2020 she released her debut album as a singer-songwriter called “All The Little Things You Do”. She has released 8 other albums to date as bandleader or co-bandleader with Fog brass band, Hobson’s Choice, Sweet Pea and Way North. She is also the bandleader for Massey Hall’s Women’s Blues Revue. In 2018 she won the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award and was nominated for Montreal Jazz Festival Grand Prix de Jazz in 2016. In 2017, Rebecca was commissioned by Silence in Guelph to compose new music to a selection of acclaimed author, Thomas King’s (CBC’s Dead Dog Cafe, The Back of the Turtle, Inconvenient Indian) new poems. In 2019, she wrote a big band arrangement of one of these commissioned pieces, “Dig Up The Stories”, for the = Jazz Orchestra & Christine Jensen at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, presented at the National Arts Centre. “Dig Up The Stories” can also be heard on All The Little Things You Do. Currently, Rebecca is working on a new album that she and her partner Michael Herring have recorded at their home studio featuring Kevin Breit, Dave Clark and Tim Shia.

Michael Herring is a JUNO-nominated double-bassist and composer based in Toronto who writes, performs and records across genre lines, equally comfortable in jazz as in folk, world, and pop/rock settings. Herring is a major contributor of original music to a number of groups that he leads and co-leads: Michael Herring Quartet, a chordless two-saxophone band drawing inspiration from 1960’s jazz, especially Mingus and Ellington; Way North (New York/Toronto/Ottawa collaboration with Petr Cancura, Rebecca Hennessy and Richie Barshay) exploring folk musics through improvisation (one of Ottawa Citizen's top Canadian Jazz albums of 2015); Peripheral Vision, a JUNO-nominated modern-jazz quartet co-led with guitarist and long-time collaborator Don Scott, which has recorded five albums, maintains a busy touring schedule, and won the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival; Michael Herring's Vertigo, a modern-jazz sextet which recorded two albums featuring New York’s David Binney (the first was included in All About Jazz New York’s Top 5 Debut albums of 2006); and The Uplifters and Harrington (New Orleans/Roots), two groups where you can hear Herring’s lyrics, and lead and backing vocals. Herring has toured and recorded with such great musicians as Kevin Breit, Michael Ward-Bergeman (New Orleans), Ab Baars (ICP/Amsterdam), Ken Vandermark, Dave Clark, David Braid, Mansa Sissoko (Mali, Africa), Bucky Pizzarelli, Percy Sledge, and Ernest Ranglin. He received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (through the Ontario Arts Council) and used it for an extended stay in New York City.

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