Ken Vandermark

Ken Vandermark ( born September 22, 1964 in Warwick, Rhode Iceland, USA) is an American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. He lives in Chicago since 1989.


Vandermark played trumpet in his youth and then moved on to the saxophone. He then studied in Boston and Montreal, where he worked with his own bands; He then settled in Chicago, where he worked in the 1990s, mainly in the avant garde scene, and first appeared with the Noise Jazz Band The Flying Luttenbachers.

He has recorded disks with many other jazz musicians, eg with Hal Russell, Paul Lytton, Marcin Oles, Bartlomiej Oles, Joe Morris, Peter Brötzmann and Paul Lovens. He has also led his own jazz combos: Free Fall, Free Music Ensemble, Territory band ( large orchestra with changing line-ups ) and the Vandermark 5

1999 Vandermark was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship grant.

2007 appeared the documentary " Musician " directed by Daniel Kraus about the everyday life of a jazz musician on the example Vander cord.

Disco Graphical Notes

  • International Front ( Okkadisk, 1994)
  • Ulitlity hitter ( Quinnah, 1995)
  • Simpatico ( Atavistic, 1998) with Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler, Tim Mulvenna
  • Free Jazz Classics Vol 1 & 2 ( Atavistic, 2002)
  • Elements of Style ( Atavistic, 2003)
  • The Colour of Memory ( Atavistic, 2004)
  • Free Jazz Classics Vol 3 & 4 ( Atavistic, 2006)
  • Reed Trio: Last Train to the First Station ( Kilogram Records 2011) with Mikołaj Trzaska, Waclaw Zimpel
  • Freefall: Gray Scale (Small Town Super Jazz, 2011) with Håvard Wiik


  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, 8th Edition, London, Penguin, 2006, ISBN 0-141-02327-9.