If any single artist can be viewed as an artistic focal point for Lexington’s long-running Outside the Spotlight Series of improvisational and free jazz-based performances, it would be Ken Vandermark.
From the combustible baritone saxophone work he added to the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet when OTS made its bow at UK’s Memorial Hall in 2002, to the mix of original compositions and what he has long referred to as “free jazz classics” last August at Embrace Church with his own 10-member troupe, Audio One, Vandermark has proven an uncompromising and tireless artist.
Upcoming Vandermark dates in Kentucky:
8 p.m. Jan. 16 with Nate Wooley at Mecca, 948 Manchester St. $5. (859) 257-4636.
9 p.m. Jan. 17 at Dreamland, 810 E. Market in Louisville. $12.
3 p.m. Jan. 18 at W.B. Jones Auditorium of Somerset High School, 301 College St. in Somerset. Free. (606) 875-8234.
12:30 p.m. Jan. 20 for a master class at the Fine Arts Building, Room 22, University of Kentucky. Free and open to the public. (859) 257-4900.
7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at UK. Free. (859) 257-4900.