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Kenny Wheeler, Trumpeter and Flugelhornist , Dies at 84

Born in Ontario, he became an icon of the U.K. jazz scene

Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler, the trumpet and flugelhorn great who was born in Canada but spent most of his life in Britain, where he became a major jazz star, died today (Sept. 18) at age 84. The place and cause of death were not announced but Wheeler had been in ill health for some time; he’d been living in a London nursing home and had recently been hospitalized.

Born Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler in Toronto, Ontario, Jan. 14, 1930, Wheeler-who once said about himself, “Everything I do has a touch of melancholy and a touch of chaos to it”-began playing cornet at age 12 and studied at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory. In 1952, he moved to England and he made the country his home for the six-plus decades that would follow, playing initially alongside the top jazz musicians in the U.K., including Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes.

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