Born December 22, 1921
Died June 10, 2005
Hartland (Hart) Wheeler was born in Toronto, Canada and had been a professional jazz musician since he was 18 years old. His main influences were Benny Goodman (clarinet) and Ben Webster (tenor sax).
Hart served in the Royal Canadian Air Force Band in World War Two. Hart guested several times for TV/movie director Norman Jewison on his CBC TV series "The Denny Vaughn Show."
He played with the legendary James P. Johnson, along with the DeParis brothers Wilbur and Sidney. He performed with the big bands of Bobby Gimby, Ellis McLintock, Art Hallman and Mart Kenney.
He played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Max Roach and Charlie Mingus in the historic Massey Hall Jazz Concert on May 15, 1953.
Hart played with Cab Calloway on the TV show "Cross Canada Hit Parade," clarinetist Ken Peplowski and with former Ellington trumpeter Clark Terry.
Hart was with the Canadian Tribute to Glenn Miller Orchestra, arranging, coaching and singing with the vocal group, and playing tenor sax and clarinet in the band. He was also a member of the Jim Galloway Wee Big Band.
Hart recorded his last song on May 13th, 2005 in the home studio of Alan Wildeman in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. "Sweet Indifference" was written and arranged by Prof. Hank Davis and featured Hank Davis on guitar and piano, Jeff Bird on bass and Hart Wheeler on tenor saxophone.