Kenny Wheeler

Born 14 January 1930.
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Kenny Wheeler's 80th birthday session

Kenny Wheeler plays alongside Norma Winstone and John Parricelli

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Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler, OC (14 January 1930 – 18 September 2014) was a Canadian composer and trumpet and flugelhorn player, based in the U.K. from the 1950s onwards.

Most of his performances were rooted in jazz, but he was also active in free improvisation and occasionally contributed to rock music recordings. Wheeler wrote over one hundred compositions and was a skilled arranger for small groups and larger ensembles.

Wheeler was the patron of the Royal Academy Junior Jazz course.

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  1. Review of Song for Someone

    Song for Someone 2004

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    A welcome reissue which provides a portrait of the fledgling compositional skills and...
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