1. A group of three people or things
2. A group of three musicians or singers who perform together
3. A piece of music that has been written to be performed by three people
The meaning of the word “trio” is well understood by everyone.
Occasionally a “trio” can become more than what is described in these three definitions.
Occasionally a trio can blend three completely disparate voices into a very harmonious whole.
Such is the case with Red Jenny and The Boys. Three different instruments (one being the human voice), three different backgrounds, and three different sets of influences. Put them together and something quite special happens.
Centered around the engaging personality and expressive vocals of the effervescent Jen Cook, this trio can take the listener on quite an eclectic journey. Doug Balfour’s vibrant piano playing and exquisite arrangements never fail to excite and often amuse the audience. Bob Hewus on bass provides the solid foundation on which his partners can build their melodic stories.
Whether in a concert setting, in a bar, or at a private function – Red Jenny and The Boys form a trio that is truly more than the sum of its parts.
Jen Cook, vocalist, is a passionate singer with an infectious laugh, who thrives on telling stories through songs whether it's jazz, blues, pop or bluegrass. Although she loves singing standards that are near and dear to our hearts, it's her ability to find unexpected gems that have you laughing one minute and crying the next that really set her apart. Jen began her career in Musical Theatre many moons ago with shows like The Fantastiks and Anne of Green Gables. Since that time she has worked in film, done dozens of commercials, both on camera & voice overs; she has written and produced two one woman shows and performed in a variety of cabarets throughout Ontario. Always up for an adventure, Jen joined the bluegrass/roots band Whiskey Jack, 5 years ago and has been travelling across Ontario as a feature singer in their show, The Stories & Songs of Stompin Tom.
When she isn't performing, you can find her in her studio happily teaching private voice lessons and workshops to the fine folks of Quinte West.
Doug Balfour, piano, is an accomplished pianist and arranger who stylistically incorporates swing, big band, blues, stride and boogie woogie as well as an extensive knowledge of classical and romantic repertoire. An ardent accompanist, he has worked with such distinguished jazz singers as Karen Plato, Lee Aaron, Suzi Wesson, and Michael Buble. His Music Direction credits include Forever Plaid , Ain't Misbehaving, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Don Messer's Jubilee. He has played keyboards for major productions of Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Sunset Blvd., Wicked, Forever Swing, and White Christmas .
Returning to Toronto after 15 years on the west coast, Doug currently plays with legendary R and B band Robbie Lane and the Disciples.
Bob Hewus, bass, primarily works in Musical Theatre: Drayton Entertainment: Marathon of Hope, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 42nd Street. Stratford Festival : The Sound of Music, Crazy For You, Fiddler on the Roof. Theatre Orangeville: Ned Durango, Stan Rogers A Matter of Heart. New Yorker Theatre Forever Plaid.
When not playing music in theatres he often is with Maestro Balfour accompanying vocalists: Jen Cook, Suzi Wesson, Barbara Lewis, Chris Gerber.
If he isn’t at home in Hockley Valley walking the dogs or out on his tractor, he has been known to play jazz with Bruce Ley (not that Bruce Ley) or Rock and Roll and Blues with Trouble and Strife.
It all started one day in a small 50,000 watt radio station located just outside of a major center….
"Sassy + sultry + beautifully balanced"