Mark Kramer & Rich Mollin Jazz

7:00 pm

April 3, 2019

Rich Mollin on bass & Mark Kramer on piano.

Philadelphia, PA. Raised just a block down from John Coltrane’s home, Mark Kramer enjoys a productive, colorful,  and creative career as an improvising pianist (live performance – clubs and concerts –  and recording), arranger-composer, producer/engineer and occasional educator. 

Jazz Style is METAMODERN* often on steroids:  Impossibly melodic + technically-adroit + oscillates between modernism and postmodernism – – –  paying homage to Evans, Hancock, Glass, and Riley. 

Bragging rights: Twice nationally recognized as a top undiscovered jazz pianist, described as innovative, elegant, and emotionally riveting by the Great Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition judges (including Teddy Wilson.) He went on to record ~ 40 CDs (including those globally distributed by major record companies (Telarc/Concord, Lightyear, Warner EA) with his trio,  as well as many with close collaborator – acclaimed bassist Eddie Gomez – 

Mark’s credits include concertizing with some of the most celebrated of jazz musicians like George Coleman, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Chambers, Charles Fambrough, Junior Cook, Archie Shepp, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Stanley Clark, Bud Shank, Bobby Watson, Johnny Coles, and scores more.    

“, , , melts hard-hearted women and turn cold fishes into lover-boys. . . .reinforces my admiration of Kramer.     – Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes “Exquisite. Beautiful repertoire, gorgeously & handsomely delivered.”   – Michael Gladstone, All About Jazz 

“. . . superb; reveals how much jazz can be the story of our lives and the meanings we find during the quiet hours of “recollection in tranquility”  – Victor Schermer, All About Jazz 

“He elevates listeners to new emotional heights”-  C. Lizaire, Celebrity Cafe

“An amazing piano player . . . takes chances . . . utilizes fresh and interesting harmonies. . . freely manipulates rhythm. The piano becomes a living, breathing thing under his hands . . melodies are colored with taste and style… .comping always cushions, and appropriate… solos always an exciting journey . . .swings hard in places.” Dave Miele, JazzImprov Magazine. 

“Kramer weaves wondrous sounds and emotions with sensitivity and clarity, delivering jazz as it was meant to be.“  – All About Jazz 

“Mark has a risk mentality to his playing, never holding back to facilitate the music into another direction yet to be explored. Very satisfying.” Karl Stober – eJazzNews

“Kramer’s prowess at the piano remains uncontested” – Jon Stevenson, ejazznews

“. . . nothing short of brilliant, often closer to miraculous . . . a piano giant.  His playing moves the modern mainstream of jazz forward, combining his early influences and his formidable technique with fresh ideas that form his own individual voice . . .”     Scott Yanow, veteran jazz journalist