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Jordan VanHemert

DR. JORDAN VANHEMERT is a Korean American saxophonist and composer lauded for his skill as a modern jazz improviser. VanHemert’s music—including his new album I AM NOT A VIRUS—is deeply informed by his political consciousness, employing his distinctive compositional voice to address issues of race and social justice. ​ Critics recognize VanHemert’s music as being profoundly relevant; noted jazz journalist and historian Scott Yanow recently praised VanHemert’s debut release as “quite impressive,” stating that his piece “Autumn Song” “could eventually become a standard.” ​​ VanHemert serves on the faculty at Hope College as Assistant Professor of Music Instruction in saxophone and jazz studies

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Nomad

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Bird, Bird, Bluebird; Imjin River Song; Half Moon (Vocal); Doraji Taryeong (White Mountain Flower); Arirang Alone (Instrumental); Spring in My Hometown; Arirang Alone (Vocal); Half Moon (Instrumental).

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Article: Album Review

Jordan VanHemert: Nomad

Read "Nomad" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


After his previous album, I Am Not A Virus (Big Round Records, 2021), inspired by the ongoing fight against racial prejudice, Jordan VanHemert releases Nomad, continuing to explore and embrace his Asian American identity. As the liner note says, this album is a celebration of Korean culture “through the melodies of both ancient & contemporary folk ...

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Jordan VanHemert: Nomad

Read "Nomad" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although his name offers no clue, saxophonist Jordan VanHemert's heritage is Korean. He salutes that legacy on Nomad, his second album as leader, with a pair of Korean folk songs and half a dozen comparatively modern themes written by Koreans or Korean Americans. Most are performed by VanHemert's trio: (Rodney Whitaker, bass; David Alvarez III, drums). ...

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Song of the Day

Bird, Bird, Bluebird

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 05:40

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I Am Not A Virus

Label: Big Round Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Path Ahead; Autumn Song; I Am Not A Virus; Justice for the Unarmed (Black Lives Matter); The Moment; Sea of Tranquility; Arirang Interlude; Arirang.

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Stages of Han (Single)

Label: Self-Released
Released: 2021
Track listing: Stages of Han

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Susanna Risberg, Andrea Keller, Pat Donaher, Johan Lindström & More New Releases

Read "Susanna Risberg, Andrea Keller, Pat Donaher, Johan Lindström & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Jazz from Sweden, Republic of Korea, Australia, Switzerland and the USA in this set which blends tradition, innovation, and social engagement. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Jazzagenturen “Bohemia After Dark" Live at Sodra Teatern, Pt.2 (Bra Skivor) 0:16 Host talks 4:52 Butcher Brown ...

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Jordan VanHemert: I Am Not A Virus

Read "I Am Not A Virus" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


It was bad enough that 2020 brought with it the scourge of a pandemic of proportions not seen in a hundred years. But add to that the ugliness of racial tensions and xenophobia and one would be hard pressed to grapple with the idea of much good coming from such adversity. Michigan educator and saxophonist Jordan ...

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Jordan VanHemert: I Am Not A Virus

Read "I Am Not A Virus" reviewed by Robin B James


The craft is tight, the feeling is refreshing, the sound is quick and precise, and the gestalt brings the individual voices of the musicians into group form, taking turns soloing and working together, interpreting the now into the fabric of the groove. The album covers a full range of expressive energy. “The Path Ahead" (9:28) starts ...


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