June 12th, 2019
For roughly half a decade, the Roman emperor Hadrian was in love with a man who was not his spouse. Between 125 CE and 130 CE, the Greek youth Antinous became a favorite of Hadrian, and for the final two years of the latter's life they were side by side touring the Roman empire.
After Antinous' surprise death on the Nile, Hadrian was devastated and, in his grief, proclaimed his lover a deity, In turn, priests connected Antinous to the Egyptian god Osiris, lord of the underworld, afterworld, and rebirth.
Nearly 2,000 years later we have Antinous as Osiris, the latest album by Ann Arbor jazz drummer Jesse Kramer.
I begin with Jesse Kramer's Acacia (www.jessekramerdrums.com). Kramer is one of the most in-demand drummers in our area and plays regularly with musicians of various generations and stylistic preference. On his debut CD, he has focused on an eclectic kind of modern jazz influenced by various African and African-American idioms...
For a shy, young quiet guy, the drums might seem a bit overpowering. But for jazz drummer Jesse Kramer, it was just the opposite.
"I think I was attracted to the energy and the power and the volume compared to how shy I was," says the Ann Arbor native, who has been playing drums since he was five.
I DIG JAZZ, Charles Latimer
Jesse Kramer is a jazz drummer, and a graduate of the University of Michigan. In a short time, Kramer has become popular. In May, he became a session leader with the release of the fine debut “Acacia,” with Detroiters saxophonist Marcus Elliot, trumpeter Kris Johnson, bassist Damon Warmack and keyboardist Glenn Tucker. Kramer is one of the more tasteful jazz drummer’s working on Detroit’s scene.
At the Detroit Institute of Arts
Miles Brown's Middle Game
Ao Vivo! Mellow Motif live recording session, Bangkok
Jesse Kramer Trio at Smiles Jazz and Bistro, Bangkok
Rehearsal, Kris Johnson's "Jim Crow's Tears"
Denny Euprasert Trio, Smiles Jazz and Bistro, Bangkok
With Natasha Patamapongs, press for BossaNona
with Mike Jellick, Ibrahim Jones, and John Douglas
IASJ Concert, Sao Paulo
with Jon Hendricks
with Valtinho Anastacio
360 Entertainment, press for BossaNona, Bangkok
Geri Allen studio in NYC
with Jordan Schug and Scott Gwinell, Max M. Fisher Music Center
with Paul Keller and Steve Richko, Firefly Club
with Ralphe Armstrong, Cliff Bell's
Dwight Adams Group, Cliff Bell's
with Natasha Patamapongs, Cliff Bell's
Brad Felt, Dwight Adams, Cliff Bell's
BossaNona Concert, Bangkok
Ellen Rowe, Anat Cohen, Paul Keller
at the Detroit Jazz Festival
U of M Jazz Trombone Ensemble with Steve Turre, Detroit Jazz Festival
Ellen Rowe, Jiggs Whigham, Scott Trayer
Saxophone Pub, Bangkok