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Tribute To Kenny Wheeler Concert On Jazz Northwest

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.

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 also shot a video of the evening. The musicians also spent a day in the studio recording this music for a future release.

Next week's Jazz Northwest (3/15) will feature Anat Cohen as soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra at the Kirkland Performance Center, and the following week (3/22) will be a concert by the JazzEd New Works Ensemble directed by Wayne Horvitz at the Seattle Art Museum.

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  A podcast of each show is available after the broadcast at

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Jim has been a fixture on Seattle radio since 1961. He was the host of Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International from 1984-2014. Currently Jim has been producing Jazz Northwest for KNKX since 1988. This weekly program focuses on the regional jazz scene and frequently includes performances Jim records on location for Jazz Northwest.