Tuesday, 3 February, 2009

8.30 - 11.00pm
£6 on the door

Kenny Wheeler Quintet
Tonight we are privileged to present the legendary Kenny Wheeler with his own formidable quintet. Kenny was born in Canada in 1930. In 1952 he moved to Britain and found his way into the London jazz scene playing in groups led by Tommy Whittle, Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. Highly respected among his peers for his beautiful tone and extensive range on the trumpet and flugelhorn, he has written over one hundred compositions and is a skilled arranger for small groups and larger ensembles. Kenny’s compositions blend lyrical melodies with a distinctive and ever changing harmonic palette. He has recorded some twenty albums as a leader and has recorded or performed with Dave Holland, John Taylor and Norma Winstone (as Azimuth), Lee Konitz, Keith Jarrett, Bill Frisell, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek and Jack DeJohnette among others. “At 70+ years of age Kenny still has the ability to amaze both as a player as well as composer. He sounds as fresh as any young lion and deep as any veteran” - Peter Madsen, allaboutjazz.com

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