Donny Kennedy

Academic title(s): 

Jazz Combo Coordinator

Donny Kennedy
Music Performance
Contact Information
Email address: 
donnykennedy [at]

B. Ed. McGill, B.Mus(Jazz) McGill, M.Mus.(Jazz) McGill


Donny leads and composes for his own Sextet. The Donny Kennedy Sextet toured Mexico as part of Festival Internacional Cervantino. This group was also nominated for the GM Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2003. In 2001, the group was chosen as one of five groups to perform in Toronto as part of a Canada Council initiative to promote emerging Canadian jazz artists. The group has released one recording entitled Horizons, featuring Donny's original compositions. Donny teaches at McGill University, St. George’s School of Montreal, and has also recently begun teaching at Vanier College. At McGill, he has taught Basic Jazz Arranging, Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Materials, Basic Materials of Jazz, Jazz Orchestra III, and Jazz Combo. He is also the Jazz Combo Coordinator at McGill University. Kennedy has also taught Saxophone at Bishop’s University. He has also directed the Jazz Ensemble at Camp Musicale d’Asbestos (English session) and teaches at the annual Saskatchewan Jazz Camp.

Donny remains active as a freelance musician and teacher in and around Montreal. He has performed with Kevin Dean, Andre White, Kirk MacDonald, Joe Sullivan, Remi Bolduc, Janis Steprans, Kieran Overs, Christine Jensen, The Montreal Jazz Big Band and many other local musicians. He is also a member of the Min Rager Quintet. This group has recorded two CD’s entitled Bright Road and First Steps.



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