These are the talented musicians who make up 'Sweet Loretta' - Rita's all female band. Rita and Sweet Loretta are on tour and thrilling audiences with their incredible stage show that you don't want to miss!
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Carrie Chesnutt - Saxophone
As a saxophonist, flutist, and singer, Carrie Chesnutt has performed with diverse artists including Late Night with David Letterman’s Paul Shaffer, blues legend Paul Butterfield, songwriter Tom Robinson, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and Canadian music icons Molly Johnson, Carol Pope, Lorraine Segato, Rita Chiarelli, Jackie Richardson and many more.
She has produced and performed her own touring cabaret show across North America. Carrie has played events for Rick Moranis and Tom Hanks, opened for Phyllis Diller and performed at Canada’s Walk of Fame with Brandon Fraser. Carrie has released four CDs; the latest is Easy Street, and she has another original project in the works.
Morgan Doctor - Drums
Morgan Doctor first picked up drumsticks when she was 10 years old. From junior high band to Radio City Music Hall, her career has been nothing less than expansive and inspiring. She has played over a thousand dates all over the US, Canada and Europe. She currently plays with Andy Kim (Arts and Crafts), Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida and has played with The Cliks (Warner/Tommyboy), Ron Sexsmith, Alex Lifeson, Sandra Bernhard. Feist, and Kevin Drew. Some artists Morgan has been billed alongside—on tour throughout the U.S. and Canada with The Cliks—include Cyndi Lauper, B-52’s, Tegan and Sara, The Cult, The New York Dolls, Indigo Girls, The Gossip, Erasure, Debbie Harry, The Stars, and plenty others.
Morgan Doctor has performed and appeared from live National TV (MTV Live, David Letterman, MTV CRIBS, MTV Total Request Live, IFC, CNN, Craig Ferguson, etc) and live radio shows, awards ceremonies, TV and radio commercials, sold out theaters and arenas, music videos, and countless full length Albums. Also performing and winning at MTV LOGO’s “Artist on the Brink” Award for 2008 with The Cliks. She received a Dora nomination for her sound design for Between Us Goddess in 2005 and earned a Juno and Dora nomination with her work with The Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 2001. Morgan’s session drumming has turned up on TV and Film Soundtracks including the CBC Metro Morning, The L Word, and Grey’s Anatomy. Morgan is a big advocate of music education and teaches at Girls Rock Camp Toronto as a drum instructor and band coach.
In 2006 Morgan signed with Aporia Records and has released three solo albums with them. Her solo work can be heard on TV shows such as WordTravels (OLN/National Geographics Channel),Dolce Vita (Food Network) and radio shows such as DNTO, Hear and Now and The Signal (theme song). Her most recent release, “Major Over Minor” is her first full length instrumental album. “… it is a rare musician who can make an instrumental album that seems confessional” – Toronto Star.
Morgan is endorsed by Vic Firth, Yamaha Drums, Evans, Zildjian, Steinberg, and Humes and Berg. She has also appeared in Modern Drummer Magazine. She is a writer for Tom Tom Drum Magazine and is deeply involved in Girls Rock Camp Toronto. When she’s not performing, recording, producing, or practicing yoga, Morgan enjoys time with her dachshund Cymbal.
Rebecca Hennessy - Trumpet
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 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, a jazz diploma from Malaspina College, and in 2007 participated in the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music directed by internationally renowned trumpeter Dave Douglas.
Carlie Howell - Bass
Carlie Howell (bass), is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator. She enjoys working with composer collectives, performing the original music of her peers, and fusing traditional styles with contemporary contexts. She is the leader of her own project Carlie Howell and the DeHarms, a folk-jazz ensemble, and is the bassist and back-up vocalist with indie pop-rock band Culture Reject, Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Tropies, and folk trio Amy Campbell and The Road Less Travelled. She is founding member of The River Pilots, an instrumental composer collective.
As a percussionist, she can be heard on the stage and on the street with Aline Morales and Baque de Bamba. Carlie has appeared The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Blues Fest, NXNE, Telluride Jazz Festival, and The Ontario Scene Festival to name a few. As an educator, Carlie strives to bring this same spirit of adventure, collaboration and creativity to developing musicians young and old. In addition to teaching private music lessons, she is the founder and leader of Carlie’s Angels, an all girls summer rock band camp. She also works with Intersections, a feminist artist collective that most recently guided newcomer women in Toronto to write and record their own song.
Elena Kapeleris - Saxophone
Toronto based saxophonist, vocalist, and composer, Elena Kapeleris is a freelance musician and graduate of the Humber College Jazz Program, and is a former student of world renowned saxophonist, Pat LaBarbera.
Elena has performed with a wide array of artists such as The Women’s Blues Revue, Shakura S’Aida, Kim Richardson, Samantha Martin, Tanya Tagaq, Rich Brown, Pat LaBarbera, Ted Quinlan, Kellylee Evans, Colleen Allen, Brandi Disterheft, Hilario Duran, and many more. She has performed with these amazing musicians at many different venues, such as Massey Hall, Hugh’s Room, The Rex Hotel, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz festival, Sudbury Jazz Festival, and Small World Festival. Elena has recorded with Blackburn Brothers, Tanya Tagaq, Rossif Sutherland, Jay Danley’s Ethiojazz Project, as well as her recordings as a leader.
She is currently writing the music for her second album. Elena is thrilled to be a member of Rita Chiarelli’s band, Sweet Loretta!!
Lily Sazz - Keyboards
Originally a classical musician, Lily Sazz (www.lilysazz.com) is a graduate of the McMaster University honours music program (majoring in harpsichord and piano), and was a student of world-renowned concert pianist Valerie Tryon. Lily has been a professional keyboard player since 1985, and has been performing with the Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue since 1995, spending 10 of those years as Musical Director.
She has performed with many notable artists, including (alphabetically) Carole Pope, Chuck Jackson, Denzal Sinclair, Donnie Walsh, Ellen McIllwaine, Haydain Neale, Jackie Richardson, Jarvis Church, Kellylee Evans, King Biscuit Boy, Molly Johnson, Nikki Yanovsky, Paul Shaffer, Ray Materick, Robbie Lane, Roxanne Potvin, Salome Bey, Sass Jordan, Serena Ryder, Shakura Saidah, Sue Foley, Suzie Vinnick, Tom Wilson, Treasa Levasseur.
Venues include Massey Hall, Danforth Music Hall, the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, and many more.
Lily resides in Dundas, Ontario and has recently launched a new band called Cootes Paradise.