Dave Rempis: New Jazz and Network Building

Almost from the time he settled in Chicago two decades ago, saxophonist Dave Rempis has done more than play gigs with contemporary associates such as cornetist Josh Berman and drummer Tim Daisy. Taking as role models the likes of saxophonists Ken Vandermark and Fred Anderson he’s done paid or volunteer work on the scene as well as booked and managed a series of venues to give musicians more places to play. As he explains to The Chicago Readers’ Peter Margasak, people such as Vandermark – with whom he has often collaborated on record – Anderson and pianist Paul Giallorenzo had similar ideas, on which he has expanded to create a weekly series featuring deserving musicians. Now besides touring frequently with the many bands he leads, and recording for his own Aerophonic label, his regular club bookings have grown to expose Chicago audiences to out-of-towners, like Berlin saxophonist Silke Eberhard and Buffalo reedist Steve Baczkowski. If he could only come up with a way to make the Jazz audience younger, less male and more diverse though, he’d be more satisfied, he says.