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RIP Kenny Wheeler (1930 – 2014)

Kenny Wheeler, June 2012, recording album Mirrors for the Edition label
Photo Credit: Tim Dickeson

Nick Smart of the Royal Academy of Music has confirmed the sad news that the inestimably great Kenny Wheeler passed away earlier today. As Nick writes: “Famously self deprecating, Kenny was always modest and humble about his own musical achievements. But the truth is, he was a genius walking amongst us, and it was the most tremendous privilege to have been able to consider him a dear colleague and friend.” His full tribute is HERE.

KENNY WHEELER – A few pieces from our archive 

News piece –  RIP Kenny Wheeler from ThursdayChris Parker’s Interview (published in its entirety for the first time) before the 1990 Music for Large and Small Ensembles TourReview of Mirrors Suite Vortex 2010

Frank Griffith’s review of the 2010 80th Birthday Concert

First performance of the ‘Long Waiting’Music / Basingstoke 2010

Review: 2005 Long Suite by the London Jazz Orchestra in 2010

Pete Churchill wrote about Mirrors Suite

Nick Smart’s Round-Up of the FONT Festival in New YorkChris Parker’s review of the CD of Mirrors Suite

The London Premiere of the Long Waiting Music LJF 2012

Geoff Winston’s Review of the Kenny Wheeler Quintet at the Great North London Tavern 2013

Oliver Weindling’s Review of the Long Suite 2005 by the Reuben Fowler Big Band 2014


John Fordham’s Guardian obituary

Martin Chilton in the Telegraph

Brian Morton in the Independent

Ivan Hewett in the Telegraph

Tributes from Canada commissioned and collated by Peter Hum Memories (on Facebook) from Noel Langley

Interview with Kenny and Doreen Wheeler by Martin Speake

Manfred Eicher and Steve Lake placed a tribute on the ECM  site, also mentioning the forthcoming album Angel Song. Recorded Christmas 2013, mastered a few weeks ago. (link currently broken)
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