Born: November 3, 1945
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. In his mid-teens, Kramer shifted entirely to bass, saxophone and piano, and then focused entirely on jazz piano. In the early years, Kramer played piano regularly with Randy and Mike Brecker, Charles Fambrough, Stanley Clarke, Eric Gravatt, Sonny Fortune and many other Philadelphia jazz giants. Arguably, an unwritten portion of jazz history took place at Mark's apartment on Ridge avenue in Philly. There one would find Charles Fambrough, Eric Gravatt, Mike and Randy Brecker, Daryl Brown, Stanley Clarke and so many others assembled for hours/days of non-stop jamming and recording. Mark still plays with and/or produces records with Fambrough, Randy, and Gravatt....
AwardsEarly 1980s: "Best" Philadelphia jazz pianist,"Best" Philadelphia piano trio 1985, 1987, Kramer was selected nationally as a top undiscovered jazz pianist by the judges and creators of the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. To be completed. Engineering awards. etc.
Jazz GreetingsDreambox Media
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Mark Kramer on All the Things you Are
w/ Eddie Gomez and Joe Labarbara April 2010
You Must Believe in Spring:
From DVD an Evening with Eddie Gomez, featurimg Mark Kramer 2005 NYC
Gabriel Faure's Pavane:
Mark Kramer and Eddie Gomez Duo in Concert
and residency 2005