15 agosto 2014

Si tiene questa sera a Londra all'Epic (in Dalston, 13-15 Stoke Newington Road) uno speciale concerto in favore di Kenny Wheeler, in un periodo per lui di forzata inattività e di seri problemi di salute. Coordina l'iniziativa l'amico e collega Evan Parker, che ha convocato tra gli altri Steve Beresford, Mark Sanders, Phil Wachsmann e John Coxon.

Problems with his own and his wife’s health have meant that, at the age of 84, Kenny Wheeler has been unable to play for some months. For his benefit, his old friend and colleague Evan Parker has organised a concert tomorrow night - Friday, August 15 - at a place called Epic, a stone’s throw from the Vortex and Cafe Oto. The gig will feature the altoist Ray Warleigh’s quartet, a group with Parker, Steve Beresford, Olie Brice and Mark Sanders, the Alison Blunt Ensemble (including the violinists Dylan Bates and Phil Wachsmann), and Reuben Fowler’s big band playing some of Kenny’s charts. Kenny won’t be playing, but John Coxon of Spring Heel Jack - with whom he also recorded to great effect - will be at the turntable between the sets, playing some of his records and reminding us of his audacious imagination, as well as the purity of tone and elegance of articulation that put him alongside Booker Little in a line of trumpeters stretching from Joe Wilder to Ambrose Akinmusire.