DKO The Darren Kramer Organization, DKO Lessons, DJ DKO, Freelance Artist
Instrument: 1632 Trombone
XO Artist Since: 2016
Music Genre(s): Jazz, Funk, Latin
Favorite Venue(s): Wherever I have a gig!
Who are your strongest influences?: Frank Rosolino, Carl Fontana, James Pankow
Darren Kramer has been a professional musician for 35 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 an adolescent 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 University of Miami and freelanced extensively in Miami, Las Vegas, NYC and Denver. He has toured internationally with 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 Professional Brass Artist and is the founder of his own music company – 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 new cd and live performance cutting-edge innovation that pushes the boundaries of the typical trombone stereotype and that of the traditional DJ. Kramer is now focused on embracing new technology for this solo DJ project and fulfilling his role as CEO of TheGigEasy, a company he co-founded in 2010 for musicians in order to simplify the transition to tablet computers by providing complete music solutions for iPad. Moreover, in 2016, Kramer has begun providing worldwide music education videos thru DKOLessons.com with Online Lessons for Trombone, Jazz & Music Technology, as he predicts this to be the new education paradigm.