Today In Jazz

Happy Birthday Kenny Wheeler!

January 14

One of the most original jazz musicians to come from outside the USA is trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, born on this day in 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Wheeler came of musical age in England and quickly established himself as a first-call player in all the jazz idioms of the day (1950’s); unlike most of this peers, however, he was not content to stay in his comfort zone, and actively pursued musical situations that would challenge his abilities.
Here is Wheeler with a kindred spirit, the late Bob Brookmeyer:

In this interview, you can get a good sense of Wheeler’s point of view:

Happiest and healthiest birthday greeting to a true jazz giant, Kenny Wheeler!