A Tribute To Kenny Wheeler

Written by from WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The late Kenny Wheeler’s stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn left deep impressions on generations of musicians. Two such devotees — trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler — revisited Wheeler’s compositions after his death in 2014 at age 84. And in doing so, they realized they wanted to record their arrangements, paying tribute to the man who catalyzed their own careers. So Jensen, raised in Vancouver and now based in New York, traveled back across North America to meet Treseler, who resides in Seattle, to make the album and play a gig while they were there.

Jazz Night In America explores the legacy of Kenny Wheeler through the music that Jensen and Treseler arranged and performed live at the Royal Room in Seattle. They’re accompanied by Jensen’s working rhythm section — pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan — and local vocalist Katie Jacobson. Watch the concert here.

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1 thought on “A Tribute To Kenny Wheeler

  1. Cristian,
    I am almost in tears of joy that this music has been embraced by contemporary musicians and not overlooked. Kenny Wheeler was just one of so many remarkable musicians who created what some call the ECM sound. Now sadly so many are passing on including,Eberhard Weber whose musical achievements are nothing short of miraculous. On the west coast Art Lande championed his own small revolution,though he followed more in the vein of Lacey later. I have often thought that a revival of his beautiful compositions such as Blue and Green, or A monk in his Room, would get due treatment by Keezer who strikes similar chords as Lande in many of his own compositions. Enough said, I listened Lande and Wheeler when i was about to enter my twenties. Neil Young was the darling of canadian rock, then now some of his tunes are being drawn into the jazz idiom(Old Man). I sure appreciate this station and all you do for jazz… please keep playing and sponsoring music that deserves to be heard again.. and again..and again. May wheelers legacy never be forgotten. It won’t now that the darling of Canadian jazz, Jensen is playing it so beautifully.

    Philip

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