Dave Rempis Profiled Ahead of Chicago Jazz Festival

Source: Chicago Reader.

Dave Rempis has been on the Chicago scene for more than 20 years. I vividly recall his first gigs as a member of the Vandermark 5, where in 1998 he’d replaced Mars Williams as second saxophonist to bandleader Ken Vandermark. Rempis was just 22 when he shifted from studying jazz and ethnomusicology at Northwestern to vying for a spot in the Chicago creative-music pantheon. He was crackling hot. With some bop licks still to shake out of his system and a bright, searing tone on alto and tenor, he spent years diligently shaping his sound and learning the ropes of free music, crafting a musical persona unique to him. It’s been beautiful to follow.