Kenny Wheeler

Canadian composer and trumpet and flugelhorn player

Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler, OC (14 January 1930 – 18 September 2014)[1] was a Canadian composer and trumpet and flugelhorn player.[2] 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
Kenny Wheeler performing in 2007
Kenny Wheeler performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameKenneth Vincent John Wheeler
Born(1930-01-14)14 January 1930
Toronto, Canada
Died18 September 2014(2014-09-18) (aged 84)
London, England[1]
GenresAvant-garde jazz, post bop,
chamber jazz, free improvisation
Occupation(s)Composer, musician
InstrumentsTrumpet, flugelhorn
Years active1950s-present
LabelsECM, Fontana, FMP, Soul Note,

Wheeler died after a short period of frail health at a nursing home in London on 18 September 2014.[1] He was 84 years old.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "RIP, Kenny Wheeler". Ottawa Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  2. Allmusic biography

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