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Kenny Wheeler


Kenny Wheeler (trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, arranger) was born in Toronto on January 14, 1930 and raised in St. Catherines. Based in Britain since the 1950s, Wheeler became an active part of the jazz scene in the U.K., a well respected musician, both as a sideman, leading his own groups and a prolific, adventurous composer. Noted for his beautiful tone and range, he has recorded and performed with such artists as John Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Dave Holland, and vocalist Norma Winstone. His touring with Anthony Braxton brought him greater recognition in North America in the 1970s, including stints as an educator at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Wheeler is widely acknowledged for his contributions to raising Canada’s profile in the jazz world.

Kenny Wheeler passed away on September 18, 2014 at the age of 84.