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Dylan Cramer

Vancouver Jazz Artist and Teacher

New Album: Blue Prelude

Featuring songs by George Michael, Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, and more!

About Dylan

Born in Vancouver.  Taught in Los Angeles.

Dylan Cramer took up the saxophone at age 13, after the sudden death of his father. 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. After briefly attending the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles (1977–79), 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. Cramer worked with Sobel from 1978 until Sobel's death in 2008.

"Vancouver saxophonist Dylan Cramer’s life story could easily be turned into a screenplay" - Kerrisdale Insider
  • In 1997, 20 years after Sonny's death, Cramer decided to do an album in his honor. For that recording, Remembering Sonny Criss, he hired jazz legend and friend of Sonny, Leroy Vinnegar, on bass. In 2011, Nagel Heyer Records from Hamburg released the tribute worldwide.
  • In 1998, Cramer recorded a classic jazz album, All Night Long, which was received with critical acclaim worldwide and was a top seller on for many months.
  • In 2003, Cramer recorded his third album, Bumpin' On Sunset, which continued Cramer's masterful interpretations of movie themes, Latin tunes, and bluesy ballads.
  • 2009 marked the release of Cramer's fourth album, Alto, released on his own record label, Casa Records.

In 2017, Cramer released a duo album, Blue Prelude, with pianist Ron Johnston, on Casa Records (2017).

The album features two songs from George Michael:  A Different Corner and To Be Forgiven

Along with the classic Amy Winehouse hit:  Back To Black

Private Music Lessons

Learn from an experienced teacher and mentor.

Dylan teaches private saxophone, flute, clarinet, violin, and all band instruments.

Dylan can also provide piano accompaniment for instrumentalists and vocalists.

All ages and levels are welcome. 

Music lessons are offered from his private studio in beautiful Kerrisdale, Vancouver.  In-home lessons are also available.

To inquire, please call or email Dylan.

Live Vancouver Music Performances

Hire a professional, adaptable jazz artist to perform any venue.
Dylan can perform as a solo saxophonist, or as part of a duo, trio, or quartet, 

To inquire, please call or email Dylan.

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By John Smith posted July 20, 2016

Purchase Albums Directly from Dylan

Albums purchased from Dylan include an autograph.  

Price includes shipping and handling.

1. A Different Corner
2. I Can Let Go Now
3. To Be Forgiven
4. Moonlight Serenade
5. Secret Life of Plants
6. You Must Love Me
7. Back to Black
8. How About Me
9. Blue Prelude

1. Sweet Summer Breeze
2. Theme from "Body Heat"
3. Mighty Low
4. Send One Your Love
5. Django
6. Samba Pa Ti
7. Midnight Mellow
8. Maputo
9. La Playa

1. Saturday Morning
2. I Thought About You
3. The Dreamer
4. The Isle of Celia
5. Ham's Blues
6. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
7. Tin Tin Deo
8. My Ideal
9. Jeannie's Knees
10. The First One 

1. Caruso
2. Estate
3. Bumpin'
4. Black Orpheus
5. All Night Long
6. Stolen Moments
7. Lover Man
8. Clouds
9. My Funny Valentine
10. So What

1. E Preciso Perdoar
2. Bumpin' On Sunset
3. Theme from "A Fistful of Dollars"
4. Europa
5. Triste
6. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
7. Love Theme from "Blade Runner"
8. Full House
9, Creepin'
10, Groove Yard
11. E Chiove

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“This young alto saxophonist possesses the fluidity and velvety tone witnessed by the late saxophonists Paul Desmond and Stan Getz.”

"Dylan Cramer's interpretations are pensive and intriguing throughout."

"As did Criss, Cramer plays the alto using clean, vigorous lines, often of breathtaking technical brilliance."

"Like few can these days, Cramer's horn tells a story."

"Cramer is a fine player, whose soft, pure, and slightly airy tone attracts and beckons"

"Dylan Cramer puts on a clinic on the art of jazz playing."

Dylan Cramer