Joel Vanderheyden

Saxophonist, Composer, Educator



“…The ensemble's blustery and at times, hard-hitting work-ethic is devised on popping backbeats, synth driven themes and Vanderheyden's moody yet often powerful sax lines…occasionally hued with a driving wall of sound amid ethereal overtones… [Complete Life] is a curiously interesting engagement…the leader charges out of the gate with the impetus of a lion on a hunt. He's methodical, savvy and exhibits raw power when the situation demands it.” - Glenn Astarita, AllAboutJazz.com


"...[Vanderheyden's] inventive artistry offers a compelling palette of colors and harmonies that stand out well above the crowd." - Andrea Canter, JazzPolice.com


"...Complete Life is stunning." - Chuck Bolger, WMUH 91.7FM Allentown, PA


"Highly recommended, one of the best jazz rock records to be released in years!"
- Chris Cooke, KIOS 91.5FM Omaha, NE


"...seamlessly mixing elements of old school jazz with new school grooves....the writing is some of the freshest and most innovating I’ve heard on any record that I’ve listened to all year." - Eric Cohen, WAER 88.3FM Syracuse, NY


"...very fresh and exciting." - Bob Stewart, KCCK 88.3FM Cedar Rapids, IA


"...weaves progressive rock and jazz into a unique blend that stays true to the standards of jazz music. Complete Life resonates with the listener long after the CD is over."
- Peter Blanchard, WICB 91.7FM Ithaca, NY