Dylan Cramer biography

Dylan Cramer

Musical Artist

1958 –

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Who is Dylan Cramer?

Dylan Cramer, is a Canadian alto saxophonist and jazz musician.

Cramer took up the saxophone at age 13, after the sudden death of his Father to suicide. Four years later in 1977, Cramer heard a recording of alto sax legend Sonny Criss and was so taken with Sonny's playing that he traveled from Canada to Los Angeles to study with him. After developing a close relationship with Criss that lasted only eight months, Sonny Criss committed suicide. Cramer was devastated by the loss, later remarking that he had felt as close to Sonny as he had to his own Father. After briefly attending the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, Cramer was recommended by Grove to study privately with Phil Sobel, one of L.A.’s finest studio musicians. This was a monumental turning point in Cramer's life. "Phil totally changed my life and thinking and if it wasn't for his dedication to me and my saxophone playing, I don't know where I would've ended up," Cramer recalls. Cramer worked with Sobel from 1978 until Sobel's death in 2008. "While Sonny gave me passionate, honest lessons about what jazz playing and life was about, Phil took me apart from the inside out and remade me as a saxophonist and a person," Cramer says. "The combination of Sonny's heartfelt lessons, his dedication to jazz and his alto, along with Phil's insistent relentlessness that I play the saxophone at the highest level possible, was perfect for me, and without those two, I would be nowhere, both as a man and as an artist," Cramer concludes.

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Born
Jan 21, 1958
Nationality
  • Canada

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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