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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Ken Vandermark Discography Tracks

Albums

Q08 Ken Vandermark - Standards album art Ken Vandermark Standards(CD, Album) Quinnah Records Q08 US 1995 Sell This Version
Q09 Ken Vandermark - Utility Hitter album art Ken Vandermark, Barrage Double Trio Ken Vandermark, Barrage Double Trio - Utility Hitter(CD, Album) Quinnah Records Q09 US 1996 Sell This Version
Ken Vandermark - A Meeting In Chicago album art Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark & Kent Kessler Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark & Kent Kessler - A Meeting In Chicago (Album) Eighth Day Music US 1997 Sell This Version
SHCD 149 Ken Vandermark - Hidden In The Stomach album art AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark - Hidden In The Stomach(CD) Silkheart SHCD 149 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
WOB002 Ken Vandermark - Stumble album art AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark - Stumble(CD, Album) Wobbly Rail WOB002 US 1998 Sell This Version
KFR-224 Ken Vandermark - Like Rays album art 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
WOB008 Ken Vandermark - Live At The Glenn Miller Cafe album art AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark - Live At The Glenn Miller Cafe(CD, Album) Wobbly Rail WOB008 US 1999 Sell This Version
BXH 006 Ken Vandermark - Expansion Slang album art Tripleplay - Nate McBride, Curt Newton, Ken Vandermark Tripleplay - Nate McBride, Curt Newton, Ken Vandermark - Expansion Slang(CD) Boxholder Records BXH 006 US 2000 Sell This Version
CW 003, 013 111-2 Ken Vandermark - I Wonder If I Was Screaming album art AALY Trio With Ken Vandermark AALY Trio With Ken Vandermark - I Wonder If I Was Screaming(CD, Album) Crazy Wisdom, Universal Music AB CW 003, 013 111-2 Sweden 2000 Sell This Version
WOB009 Ken Vandermark - English Suites album art Paul Lytton / Ken Vandermark Paul Lytton / Ken Vandermark - English Suites(2xCD, Album) Wobbly Rail WOB009 US 2000 Sell This Version
BXH018 Ken Vandermark - No Such Thing album art Pandelis Karayorgis / Nate McBride / Ken Vandermark Pandelis Karayorgis / Nate McBride / Ken Vandermark - No Such Thing(CD) Boxholder Records BXH018 US 2001 Sell This Version
WOB012 Ken Vandermark - Two Days In December album art 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
FR002 Ken Vandermark - Duets album art Ken Vandermark, Brian Dibblee Ken Vandermark, Brian Dibblee - Duets(CD, Album) Future Reference Recordings FR002 US 2003 Sell This Version
OD12046 Ken Vandermark - Furniture Music album art Ken Vandermark Furniture Music(CD, Album) Okka Disk OD12046 US 2003 Sell This Version
SQLR 039 Ken Vandermark - Brooklyn Cantos album art Gold Sparkle Trio* With Ken Vandermark Gold Sparkle Trio* With Ken Vandermark - Brooklyn Cantos(CD, Album) Squealer SQLR 039 US 2004 Sell This Version
CF019CD Ken Vandermark - Gambit album art 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
MW 765-2 Ken Vandermark - Ideas album art Ken Vandermark / Marcin Oleś / Bartłomiej Brat Oleś* Ken Vandermark / Marcin Oleś / Bartłomiej Brat Oleś* - Ideas(CD, Album) Not Two Records MW 765-2 Poland 2005 Sell This Version
SPL126 Ken Vandermark - Hoxha album art Rutherford* / Vandermark* / Müller* / Van Der Schyff* Rutherford* / Vandermark* / Müller* / Van Der Schyff* - Hoxha(CD, Album) Spool SPL126 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
ODL10009 Ken Vandermark - CINC album art 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
Ken Vandermark - 4 Corners album art Adam Lane, Ken Vandermark, Magnus Broo, Paal Nilssen-Love Adam Lane, Ken Vandermark, Magnus Broo, Paal Nilssen-Love - 4 Corners (Album) Clean Feed Portugal 2007 Sell This Version
STSJ105CD Ken Vandermark - Immediate Sound album art The Thing (2) with Ken Vandermark The Thing (2) with Ken Vandermark - Immediate Sound(CD, Album) Smalltown Superjazzz STSJ105CD Norway 2007 Sell This Version
OD12065 Ken Vandermark - Foreground Music album art Ken Vandermark / Pandelis Karayorgis Ken Vandermark / Pandelis Karayorgis - Foreground Music(CD, Album) Okka Disk OD12065 US 2007 Sell This Version
CF083CD Ken Vandermark - Rebus album art Joe Morris / Ken Vandermark / Luther Gray Joe Morris / Ken Vandermark / Luther Gray - Rebus(CD, Album) Clean Feed CF083CD Portugal 2007 Sell This Version
15 Ken Vandermark - Goofy June Bug album art Ab Baars Trio & Ken Vandermark Ab Baars Trio & Ken Vandermark - Goofy June Bug(CD, Album) Wig 15 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
MW 830-2 Ken Vandermark - Resonance album art Ken Vandermark Resonance(10xCD + Box) Not Two Records MW 830-2 Poland 2009 Sell This Version