Dylan Cramer took up the saxophone at age 13, after his father’s suicide.
Four years later in 1977, Cramer heard a recording of alto sax legend Sonny Criss and was so taken with Sonny's playing that he traveled from Canada to Los Angeles to study with him.
After developing a close relationship with Criss that lasted only eight months, Sonny Criss committed suicide. Cramer was devastated by the loss.
After briefly attending the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles (1977–79), Cramer was recommended by Grove to study privately with Phil Sobel, one of L.A.’s finest studio musicians.
Working with Sobel was a monumental turning point in Cramer's development as a saxophonist.
Cramer spent eight gruelling but insightful years under Sobel's watch and then returned home to Canada, to begin his teaching and recording career.
He has recorded five albums, all received with worldwide acclaim, plays regularly with his jazz quartet, and teaches the saxophone full time.
In 2019 he also published his first book, "Alto Saxophone Mastery," which outlines his teaching methods along with several anecdotes from his time spent with both Criss and Sobel.