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Kenny Wheeler

Born: January 14, 1930    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Kenny Wheeler

Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and William Russo.

His earliest influences included Buck Clayton and Roy Eldrige but, by the time he left for London, he was looking towards bebop, Miles Davis and Fats Navarro particularly.

After his arrival in London, Wheeler balanced commercial dance band work with gigs alongside modernists like Joe Harriott and Ronnie Scott, and in 1959 joined the Johnny Dankworth band in time for their breakthrough Newport Jazz Festival appearance. He consequently came to be one of the major solo voices in the Dankworth orchestra, and during the end of his stay recorded his first album as a leader Windmill Tilter (Fontana), which featured compositions for big band based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote stories....
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As a Leader

Gnu High
ECM Records
1975
Tracks: Heyoke; 'Smatter; Gnu Suite.
Personnel: Kenny Wheeler: trumpet/fluegelhorn. Keith Jarrett: Piano. Dave Holland: Acoustic Bass. Jack Dejohnette: Drums


Kenny Wheeler Quintet: 1976
Just A Memory Records (re-issued)
1976
Tracks: Hi-Yo; Slofa; Quiso; Blues News; Kitts; H.S.
Personnel: Kenny Wheeler: trumpet/fluegelhorn. Art Ellefson: tenor saxophone. Gary Williamson: electric piano. Dave Young: bass. Marty Morrell: drums


Deer Wan
ECM Records
1977
Tracks: Peace for Five; 3/4 In The Afternoon; Sumother Song; Deer Wan.
Personnel: Kenny Wheeler: trumpet/fluegelhorn. Jan Garbarek: saxophones. John Abercrombie: electric guitar/electric mandolin. Dave Holland: acoustis bass. Jack DeJohnette: drums. Ralph Towner: 12-string guitar

Around 6
ECM Records
1979
Tracks: Mai We Go Round; Solo One; May Ride; Follow Down; Riverrun; Lost Woltz
Personnel: Kenny Wheeler: trumpet/fluegelhorn. Evan Parker: soprano saxophone/tenor saxophone. Eje Thelin: Trombone. Tom Van Der Geld: vibraharp. J.F. Jenny-Clark: acoustic bass. Edward Vesala: drums

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