About Ken Vandermark
A jazz composer, saxophonist, and clarinetist, Ken Vandermark has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz/improvisational scene for over two decades. Ken has earned wide critical praise for both his performances and his multilayered compositions, which balance intricate orchestration with passionate improvisation, and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1999. He plays a wide range of instruments, including tenor saxophonist, clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone, and regularly collaborates with other musicians and acts. In 1998, he won Cadencemagazine's poll for both best artist and best recording, and also was a finalist for the Herb Alpert Fellowship that year.