Personalities | Ken Vandermark | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Tenor saxophone, clarinet, b. 1961)

Ken Vandermark studied film before turning to music with a trio in Boston in the mid-1980s. He moved to Chicago in 1989, playing reeds with a flinty, aggressive sound. His investigations of free improvisation won him a five-year MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant in 1999 and he has used the funding to invest in further recordings and his international career, including membership in saxophonist Peter Brotzmann’s high-energy Tentet.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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