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Catching Up With Ken Vandermark

The saxophonist-composer talks about his many current projects—and how a recent NYC residency transformed his outlook

Ken Vandermark (photo: Andy Moor)
Ken Vandermark (photo: Andy Moor)
Eric Revis' 11:11 quartet—Ken Vandermark, Jason Moran, Revis and Nasheet Waits (from left)—performs at New York's the Stone in January 2016
The Vandermark 5 onstage at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival
The posts on saxophonist, composer and bandleader Ken Vandermark’s Facebook page appear almost daily. His 5,000 friends-Facebook’s limit-are able to view gallery-quality photographs, notices for … Read More "Catching Up With Ken Vandermark"
One of Vandermark's original photographs, included in his recent "Site Specific" book/CD project
One of Vandermark's original photographs, included in his recent "Site Specific" book/CD project
One of Vandermark's original photographs, included in his recent "Site Specific" book/CD project

The posts on saxophonist, composer and bandleader Ken Vandermark’s Facebook page appear almost daily. His 5,000 friends-Facebook’s limit-are able to view gallery-quality photographs, notices for gigs by him and friends, erudite thoughts on the arts and popular culture, and postcard-like updates from the road and home. They’re always interesting and generally longer than a pithy sound bite designed to generate responses.

Nonetheless, the posts from early January, during his weeklong residency at the Stone in the East Village of Manhattan, were particularly poignant. He shared his thoughts on what each lineup offered, what happened and the history between him and the other players, including old friends, current collaborators and new faces.

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