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Mark Kramer

Born November 3rd, 1945 "Mark is an unheralded Philly jazz institution: self taught, prodigiously gifted, obscure . . . yet among musicians his reputation could not be heavier; his list of credits as an accompanist and arranger reads like a modern jazz encyclopedia." (Nate Chinen.) Numerous critics have favorably compared Kramer's style to that of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Herbie Hancock, but one which is singularly his own. He is credited with inventing a rich harmonic vocabulary and a distinctive pianistic style, nearly, if not fully, in tandem with the above masters. From age four, Mark was classically trained on violin by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra

NEWS: RECORDING

Eleven Current 2011 Releases From Dreambox Media!

Eleven Current 2011 Releases From Dreambox Media!

DMJ-1129 DENIS DiBLASIO / BRIAN BETZ Project: Flute / Guitar Denis DiBlasio's latest new release is another duo recording with guitarist Brian Betz, who this time around displays his rich acoustic guitar with DiBlasio exclusively on flute in an eight-tune program of all-original compositions. DMJ-1130 JORDAN BERGER's First Acoustic and electric bassist Jordan Berger's First comprises ...

NEWS: EVENT

Pianist Mark Kramer on Nov. 16th in Media (PA) at the Unitarian Universalist Church

Pianist Mark Kramer on Nov. 16th in Media (PA) at the Unitarian Universalist Church

Appearing at the Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts at Jazz in Media! will be pianist Mark Kramer at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road in Media, PA, on November 16th, 2011. With him will be bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and drummer John Mosemann. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. $10/$5 students. No advance sales. For info: 610-745-301. ...

NEWS: SOCIAL GATHERING

Thoughts on Charles Fambrough's Funeral

Thoughts on Charles Fambrough's Funeral

By Suzanne Cloud The secret is out now. Like St. Peter's in New York City, the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion at 2110 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia is fast becoming this city's “jazz church" with a potent jazz ministry. Drummer Ed Dennis, who runs jazz vespers there, and pastors Reverends Kari Hart and Stephen Kaiser ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Charles Fambrough: A Friend Unlike Any Other, R.I.P.

Read "Charles Fambrough: A Friend Unlike Any Other, R.I.P." reviewed by Mark Kramer

For my dear friend Charles, my second Brother: Bassist Charles Fambrough, born in Philadelphia on August 25th, 1950 and known as “Broski," died on January 1st, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. with his daughter and wife at his side. Reportedly, he ever-so-gently squeezed their hands as he held them, and smiled. Then he was ...

Jazz Greetings

Label: Dreambox Media
Released: 2009
Track listing: Greensleeves, Santa Claus is Coming to Town; Silent Night; I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas; We Three Kings; Deck the Halls; Walking in a Winter Wonderland; Christmas Time is Here; Hanukah Blessing- Hatikvah Medley; March of the Toys.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Kramer: Jazz Greetings

Read "Jazz Greetings" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

It's easy to be jaded by the endless production of Christmas and New Year holiday recordings by jazz artists attempting to cash in on the shopping impulses of this time of year. It's also unfortunate that much of what is produced is simply spruced-up, dispensable noise. Pianist Mark Kramer's “Jazz Greetings" is a rare ...


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