A blue plaque was unveiled at the late Kenny Wheeler‘s home in Leytonstone yesterday.
This had been planned to happen before the great composer / trumpeter died last September, and is a joint initiative of London Borough of Waltham Forest and the National Jazz Archive.Their common objective is to recognize and celebrate “much loved jazz musicians who contributed greatly to The Story of British Jazz” and who are associated with the borough. “To date these have included Sir John Dankworth, [..] clarinettist Dave Shepherd and trombonist Jackie Free.”
Yesterday’s unveiling was attended by Kenny Wheeler’s family and musicians closely associated with Wheeler, including Nick Smart, Norma Winstone, Chris Laurence, Evan Parker, and Dave Holland.
Kenny was a one-of-a-kind genius and a beautiful person. We'll miss him forever.
A simple tribute to a great composer and musician. Thank you Waltham Forest!
John from Canada.