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Kenny Wheeler

Ernst Vranckx Quartet feat. Kenny Wheeler


Kenny Wheeler is a Canadian composer and trumpet player. As a teenager he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. In 1952 he moved to the UK, where he soon became a familiar face on the London jazz scene. He has played with groups such as that of Tommy Whittle, Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. He remains active all through the '60s and plays with musicians such as Stan Robinson, Paul Carroll, Ian Carr and Greg Brown.

In the '70s he gravitates towards the then new free/impro scene and works with artists like Evan Parker, John Stevens. He also joins The Spontaneous Music Ensemble and plays with the Globe Unity Orchestra. He releases two albums on ECM round about the same time: 'Gnu High' and 'Deer Wan'. Keith Jarrett - and others - join him as sidemen on the former. He also tours with the Anthony Braxton Quartet for five years.

Other artists with whom he has performed include Bill Frisell, Dave Holland and Lee Konitz.