Darren Kramer has been a professional musician for over 30 years working as a full-time freelance trombonist, pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator throughout the globe. He achieved virtually every accolade as a trombonist while growing up in Colorado including every All-State group and the prestigious McDonald’s All-American High School Jazz Band his senior year. Kramer then soon graduated from the University of Miami and freelanced extensively in Miami, Las Vegas, NYC and Denver. He has toured internationally with diverse acts such as Rob Thomas rock band Matchbox Twenty, superstar Tom Jones, the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, as well as Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies Broadway Tour directed by Mercer Ellington. Kramer has performed with dozens of celebrities and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and VH-1 Storytellers. He has also recorded with artists such as Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Rick Margitza, Jerry Hey and Gary Willis. Kramer is an XO Trombone Professional Brass Artist and founded his own music company in 1998 – DKO The Darren Kramer Organization – whose inspiring concerts, educational clinics, exceptional CDs, and numerous arrangements have helped modernize the trombone and expand its role in contemporary music. In addition, Kramer has now created a new niche for himself as an Electric Trombone DJ – DJ DKO – and his latest project “Beyond The Boneyard” is a groundbreaking CD and live performance cutting-edge innovation that pushes the boundaries of the typical trombone stereotype and that of the traditional DJ. Moreover, Kramer is an official Ableton Certified Trainer and, in addition to teaching numerous music technology workshops throughout the country, he is focused on incorporating the Push 2 controller into his current DJ DKO setup, and using Ableton Link for wireless connectivity during his live shows. Kramer’s technical proficiency and entrepreneurial skills are also clearly evident as co-founder and CEO of TheGigEasy, a company he started in 2010 in order to simplify the transition to tablet computers for musicians by providing complete music solutions for iPad, including hardware mounts and a pdf music reader app. Now in 2016, as Kramer predicts the subscription streaming service model to be the new education paradigm, he has added DKOLessons.com to his DKO brand in order to share his vast knowledge of trombone, jazz & music technology with musicians worldwide.
• Ableton Certified Trainer
• Educational Advantage Instructor
• XO Trombone Professional Brass Artist
• Active Member of Jazz Education Network (JEN)
• Active Member of International Trombone Association (ITA)