Jordan VanHemert


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558284427
Catnr: ORIGIN 82844
Release date: 01 July 2022
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Origin Records
Catalogue number
ORIGIN 82844
Release date
01 July 2022

About the album

With Nomad, tenor saxophonist Jordan VanHemert celebrates Korean culture through the melodies of both ancient and contemporary folk and children’s songs, distilled through a modern jazz aesthetic and the open sonic canvas of the saxophone trio. His warm sound, unhurried phrasing and swinging melodicism are perfectly suited for high-level exploration of the jazz canon, but here, mainly with the eminent bassist Rodney Whitaker and David Alvarez III on drums, VanHemert offers a new repertoire, reminiscent of the creative choices rolled out by Sonny Rollins's trios over the decades. Following his 2021 release, I Am Not A Virus, which dealt head-on with the reality of anti-Asian hate crimes and prejudice, Nomad "...wanders and weaves through the story of our complex relationships with being Korean American. There is joy, there is sorrow (han), and through it all, there is the authenticity of the Asian American experience."
Mit Nomad zelebriert der Tenorsaxofonist Jordan VanHemert die koreanische Kultur durch die Melodien alter und zeitgenössischer Volks- und Kinderlieder, die er durch eine moderne Jazzästhetik und die offene Klangwelt des Saxofontrios destilliert. Sein warmer Klang, seine gemächliche Phrasierung und seine swingende Melodik eignen sich perfekt für die Erkundung des Jazz-Kanons auf hohem Niveau, aber hier, vor allem mit dem hervorragenden Bassisten Rodney Whitaker und David Alvarez III am Schlagzeug, bietet VanHemert ein neues Repertoire, das an die kreativen Entscheidungen erinnert, die die Trios von Sonny Rollins im Laufe der Jahrzehnte getroffen haben. Nach seiner Veröffentlichung I Am Not A Virus aus dem Jahr 2021, die sich frontal mit der Realität anti-asiatischer Hassverbrechen und Vorurteile auseinandersetzte, erzählt Nomad "...die Geschichte unserer komplexen Beziehungen zum koreanischen Amerikanersein.


Dr. Jordan VanHemert is a Korean American saxophonist and composer lauded for his skill as a modern jazz improviser.

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." Additionally, critics recognize VanHemert's album I Am Not a Virus as "full of generous emotions." (Sonograma Barcelona) and the "beautiful harmonious, melodious base" of his compositions, calling them "Sophisticated but quite accessible for many." (JazzMania Belgium)

VanHemert has performed or recorded with many notable artists, including Rodney Whitaker, John Webber, AJ Rafael, Heather Cornell, Rob Smith, Dmitri Matheny, Chris Vadala, Geri Allen, and many others.

Dr. VanHemert currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the Schwob School of Music. Prior to his appointment at Columbus State University, Dr. VanHemert served on the faculty of Hope College. He was also the Music Director and founder of the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to jazz advocacy, education, and performance.

VanHemert's music, including his new album I Am Not a Virus, is informed by his passion for social justice, employing his distinctive compositional voice to address issues of race, inclusion, and identity. In recognition for his work as a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia. Dr. VanHemert is an official AWARENESS TIES ambassador who regularly works with music organizations to promote inclusion, including consulting for Hope College, PARMA Recordings, Vandoren USA, Conn Selmer, and the West Michigan Jazz Society. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the GROW Diversity and Inclusion Award at Hope College, where he served as a faculty advisor to the college's Asian Student Union.

He holds degrees from Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. VanHemert is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician and Selmer Paris Saxophones Performing Artist. He performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces and Selmer Paris saxophones.


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