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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.

Et voilà:

Nearly 2,000 years later we have Antinous as Osiris, the latest album by Ann Arbor jazz drummer Jesse Kramer.


June, 2014

I begin with Jesse Kramer's Acacia ( 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...

Detroit News

October, 2014

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

July, 2014

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. 

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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

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