Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler, OC (14 January 1930 – 18 September 2014) was a Canadian composer and trumpet and flugelhorn player. Most of his performances were in jazz, but he was also active in free improvisation and sometimes was into rock music recordings. Wheeler wrote over one hundred compositions and was a skilled arranger for small groups and larger ensembles. Wheeler was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Kenny Wheeler performing in 2007
|Birth name||Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler|
|Born||14 January 1930|
|Died||18 September 2014 (aged 84)|
|Genres||Avant-garde jazz, post bop, |
chamber jazz, free improvisation
|Labels||ECM, Fontana, FMP, Soul Note, |
PSI, CAM Jazz
|Associated acts||John Dankworth, Evan Parker, John Taylor, Azimuth, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, Globe Unity Orchestra, Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra|
- Kenny Wheeler entry in the 'Canadian Encyclopaedia'
- Kenny Wheeler profile on the 'European Jazz Network'
- 2003 Interview with journalist John Eyles, from AllAboutJazz.com
- 2005 Interview with John Fordham - PDF from JazzServices.org.uk
- 2005 Review of the Kenny Wheeler Big Band by John Fordham in the 'Guardian'
- Kenny Wheeler discography at discogs