"Playing saxophone is an extension of my soul, playing jazz is a way of life."
Jazz saxophonist, recording artist, and composer, Mark Kraemer brings an exhilarating sense of passion and intensity to live performances. His sound is rich in texture and blends traditional Be-Bop, and modern Jazz with Latin and R&B influences. Mark's commitment is inspiring and must be experienced. He plays alto, soprano tenor saxophones, piano and wind controller. Mark comes from a musical family. His aunt taught him piano at age 6. His father, was a multi-instrumentalist, taught him clarinet at age 7, At age 8, he performed his first jazz piece with an upright bass, piano and drummer. Mark attended the Peabody Institute studying clarinet.
Mark's brother, the late great Neal Kramer, was a masterful guitarist; Mark's cousin Jeffrey Steinberg is a prolific composer, arranger symphony conductor and Grammy award winner. At age 12, Mark picked up the alto saxophone and started his own group. At 15, he joined a popular show band 4-piece horn section with 5 vocalists. He then played various R&B and rock bands, until moving to Los Angles. While in L.A., he studied with saxophonist studio musician Terry Harrington who played baritone on the Bart Simpson show. He then studied theory and improvisation with vibraphonist and recording artist Charlie Shoemake.
After returning to Baltimore, he studied with legendary saxophonist and recording artist and Grammy Award winner Gary Bartz. Mark launched his career performing with various groups at venues and events in the Baltimore-Washington areas, New York city, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Having recognized his potential, producer Jacques Burvick, who has produced and arranged for international recording artists, such as Lonnie Liston Smith, Norman Connors, Marion Meadows, Jon Lucien, the late Grover Washington, Jr., and a host of others, recorded Mark on the soon to