Kenny Wheeler – An Evocation

LONDON Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace


There’s a rather special show happening at the EFG London Jazz Festival — a tribute to Kenny Wheeler that features some exceptional ensembles combining to celebrate his life and work. The line-up and programme are now confirmed, so we wanted to give you an idea of how the show’s going to work.

Dave Holland and Norma Winstone are combining on a set which will include a duet with Norma and Dave, a trio with Nikki Iles and two pieces from the Edition CD Mirrors adding members of the London Vocal Project. They will also be joined by additional players, including Henry Lowther and Mark Lockheart. Stan Sulzmann, John Parricelli, Gwilym Simcock, Chris Laurence and Martin France play repertoire from Kenny’s last ECM record Songs for Quintet.

Evan Parker worked Kenny often over the years in the context of free improvisation — Evan revisits one of their last collaborations with the group Foxes Fox, with Steve Beresford, John Edwards and Louis Moholo-Moholo joined by one of the leading trumpeter’s of a younger generation, Percy Pursglove.

And finally, the brilliant guitarist, Ralph Towner, another old colleague of Kenny’s, plays an intimate solo set.

The spirit of the evening is very much one of collaboration — you can expect some other moments to emerge on the evening in tribute to a master musician and a modest giant of jazz.

‘I'm most looking forward to the Kenny Wheeler tribute concert at Cadogan Hall on the 19th, as it will be a fitting tribute to one of the greats, featuring Kenny's colleagues Dave Holland, Evan Parker, and Norma Winstone, plus the London Vocal Project jazz choir.’ (Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM)