Ken Vandermark

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Date of Birth September 22, 1964
Place of Birth Warwick, Rhode Island
Age 56 years old
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Ken Vandermark

Ken Vandermark is an American jazz composer, saxophonist, and clarinetist. A fixture on the Chicago-area music scene since the 1990s, Vandermark has earned wide critical praise for his playing and his multilayered compositions, which typically balance intricate orchestration with passionate improvisation. He has led or been a member of many groups, has collaborated with many other musicians, and was awarded a 1999 MacArthur Fellowship. He plays tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone. He was also a member of NRG Ensemble.

Born: September 22, 1964, Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.
Genres: Avant-garde, free jazz
Occupation(s): Musician
Instruments: Saxophone, clarinet
Labels: Spool, Atavistic
Associated acts: NRG Ensemble, The Flying Luttenbachers, DKV Trio, Vandermark 5
Website: Ken Vandermark's Official site

About Ken Vandermark

1999 MacArthur Fellow, multi-instrumentalist, and member of the NRG Ensemble who was the subject material for Daniel Kraus's documentary Musician.

Before Fame

He attended McGill University in Montreal where he played with a variety of bands. He moved back to Boston to lead Lombard Street and Mr. Furious, as well as other groups.


He spent a lot of time in Chicago collaborating with an array of local musicians, including members from Superchunk.

Family Life

He was born in Warwick, Rhode Island but grew up in Massachusetts.


Vandermark has arranged the work of many artists, including Cecil Taylor.

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