Ken Vandermark

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Born September 22, 1964 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

For the past 20 years, Ken Vandermark has been exploring and working to expand the possibilities of improvised and composed music in North America and Europe. Since moving to Chicago from Boston in 1989, he's performed and recorded in a variety of contexts, and with many internationally renowned musicians.

In addition to creating music, Ken has made many significant and highly respected contributions to both the local and international jazz/improvised music scenes through organizing concerts in Chicago and sponsoring North American tours with various ensembles. In 1996, he and writer John Corbett began organizing the Empty Bottle "Wednesday Night Jazz Series," concerts that brought musicians from Chicago, North America, and Europe to audiences on a weekly basis for nearly a decade. Starting in April 2006, Ken has continued this work by co-directing the "Immediate Sound Series" with Mitch Cocanig at the Hideout. Since the fall of 2005 he has also been a member of Umbrella Music, a musician based group of organizers collaborating in Chicago. His work as a presenter led to the invitation to act as creative director for the ACME Festival, a four-day event held in Athens, Georgia, during April, 2004, which featured concerts and workshops involving 21 musicians from Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.

-Was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.

-One of the "Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts, 1994" (Chicago Tribune, January 1, 1995) for the Vandermark Quartet.

-Selected as one of the "25 For The Future," the most significant improvising musicians under the age of 40 by Down Beat Magazine, June 1998.

-In 2004, was named one of the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz, New York.
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CRP-01 Fourth Stream — Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark, Scott White (19), Brendan Burke (4) Ken Vandermark, Scott White (19), Brendan Burke (4) - Fourth Stream(LP, Album) Crystal Reflections CRP-01 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
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CS01 Concert For Jimmy Lyons — Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark - Curt Newton Ken Vandermark - Curt Newton - Concert For Jimmy Lyons(Cass) Stoidal Circus CS01 US 1992 Sell This Version
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Q08 Standards — Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark Standards(CD, Album) Quinnah Records Q08 US 1995 Sell This Version
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Q09 Utility Hitter — Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark, Barrage Double Trio Ken Vandermark, Barrage Double Trio - Utility Hitter(CD, Album) Quinnah Records Q09 US 1996 Sell This Version
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EDM 80008 A Meeting In Chicago — Ken Vandermark Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark & Kent Kessler Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark & Kent Kessler - A Meeting In Chicago (Album) Eighth Day Music EDM 80008 US 1997 Sell This Version
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SHCD 149 Hidden In The Stomach — Ken Vandermark AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark - Hidden In The Stomach(CD) Silkheart SHCD 149 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
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WOB002 Stumble — Ken Vandermark AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark - Stumble(CD, Album) Wobbly Rail WOB002 US 1998 Sell This Version
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KFR-224 Like Rays — Ken Vandermark Joe Morris, Ken Vandermark, Hans Poppel Joe Morris, Ken Vandermark, Hans Poppel - Like Rays(CD, Album) Knitting Factory Works KFR-224 US 1998 Sell This Version
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WOB008 Live At The Glenn Miller Cafe — Ken Vandermark AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark - Live At The Glenn Miller Cafe (Album) Wobbly Rail WOB008 US 1999 Sell This Version
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CW 003, 013 111-2 I Wonder If I Was Screaming — Ken Vandermark AALY Trio With Ken Vandermark AALY Trio With Ken Vandermark - I Wonder If I Was Screaming (Album) Crazy Wisdom, Universal CW 003, 013 111-2 Sweden 2000 Sell This Version
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BXH 006 Expansion Slang — Ken Vandermark Tripleplay - Nate McBride, Curt Newton, Ken Vandermark Tripleplay - Nate McBride, Curt Newton, Ken Vandermark - Expansion Slang(CD, Album) Boxholder Records BXH 006 US 2000 Sell This Version
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WOB009 English Suites — Ken Vandermark Paul Lytton / Ken Vandermark Paul Lytton / Ken Vandermark - English Suites(2xCD, Album) Wobbly Rail WOB009 US 2000 Sell This Version
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BXH018 No Such Thing — Ken Vandermark Pandelis Karayorgis / Nate McBride / Ken Vandermark Pandelis Karayorgis / Nate McBride / Ken Vandermark - No Such Thing(CD) Boxholder Records BXH018 US 2001 Sell This Version
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WOB012 Two Days In December — Ken Vandermark Two Days In December : Ken Vandermark / Raymond Strid / Sten Sandell / David Stackenas* / Kjell Nordeson Two Days In December : Ken Vandermark / Raymond Strid / Sten Sandell / David Stackenas* / Kjell Nordeson - Two Days In December(2xCD) Wobbly Rail WOB012 US 2002 Sell This Version
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FR002 Duets — Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark / Brian Dibblee Ken Vandermark / Brian Dibblee - Duets(CD, Album) Future Reference Recordings FR002 US 2003 Sell This Version
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OD12046 Furniture Music — Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark Furniture Music(CD, Album) Okka Disk OD12046 US 2003 Sell This Version
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SQLR 039 Brooklyn Cantos — Ken Vandermark Gold Sparkle Trio* With Ken Vandermark Gold Sparkle Trio* With Ken Vandermark - Brooklyn Cantos(CD, Album) Squealer SQLR 039 US 2004 Sell This Version
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CF019CD Gambit — Ken Vandermark Tripleplay - Nate McBride, Curt Newton, Ken Vandermark Tripleplay - Nate McBride, Curt Newton, Ken Vandermark - Gambit(CD, Album) Clean Feed CF019CD Portugal 2004 Sell This Version
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6131 Empty Bottle 2003 — Ken Vandermark Vandermark* - McPhee*, Lytton* Vandermark* - McPhee*, Lytton* - Empty Bottle 2003(CDr, Album) OMX 6131 Poland 2004 Sell This Version
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MW 765-2 Ideas — Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark Feat. Marcin Oleś & Bartłomiej Brat Oleś* Ken Vandermark Feat. Marcin Oleś & Bartłomiej Brat Oleś* - Ideas(CD, Album) Not Two Records MW 765-2 Poland 2005 Sell This Version
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SPL126 Hoxha — Ken Vandermark Rutherford* / Vandermark* / Müller* / Van Der Schyff* Rutherford* / Vandermark* / Müller* / Van Der Schyff* - Hoxha(CD, Album) Spool SPL126 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
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ODL10009 CINC — Ken Vandermark Cinc - Paul Lytton / Ken Vandermark / Phillipp Wachsmann* Cinc - Paul Lytton / Ken Vandermark / Phillipp Wachsmann* - CINC(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Okka Disk ODL10009 US 2006 Sell This Version
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CF076CD 4 Corners — Ken Vandermark Adam Lane, Ken Vandermark, Magnus Broo, Paal Nilssen-Love Adam Lane, Ken Vandermark, Magnus Broo, Paal Nilssen-Love - 4 Corners (Album) Clean Feed CF076CD Portugal 2007 Sell This Version
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STSJ105CD Immediate Sound — Ken Vandermark The Thing (2) with Ken Vandermark The Thing (2) with Ken Vandermark - Immediate Sound(CD, Album) Smalltown Superjazzz STSJ105CD Norway 2007 Sell This Version
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OD12065 Foreground Music — Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark / Pandelis Karayorgis Ken Vandermark / Pandelis Karayorgis - Foreground Music(CD, Album) Okka Disk OD12065 US 2007 Sell This Version