On his Jazz Northwest broadcasts, Jim Wilke frequently features recordings of live performances that we feel compelled to tell you about. One of them will be aired later today. Here is Mr. Wilke’s announcement about a tribute to a great musician by a band of distinguished colleagues.
Kenny Wheeler (1930-2014) was born in Toronto but lived in London from the 1950s on, playing trumpet and flugelhorn and composing in a unique style that ranged from soft lyricism to explosive free expression. His many recordings for ECM and CAM Jazz are widely praised by critics and studied by musicians. In a pair of concerts at The Royal Room in Seattle, Steve Treseler and Ingrid Jensen co-led a Tribute to Kenny Wheeler featuring two evenings of his music. Joining Ingrid Jensen on trumpet and Steve Treseler on tenor sax were Geoffrey Keezer on piano, Martin Wind on bass and Jon Wikan on drums, with vocalist Katie Jacobson.
Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke for 88.5 KPLU. The program airs every Sunday afternoon at 2 PM Pacific and streams at kplu.org. A podcast of each show is available after the broadcast at jazznw.org
This Tribute to Kenny Wheeler was produced by Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Executive Director, and was recorded by Jim Wilke for NPR’s Jazz Night in America, and KPLU’s Jazz Northwest. NPR music shot a video of the evening. The musicians also spent a day in the studio recording this music for a future release.
For a Rifftides remembrance of Kenny Wheeler, go here.