Dylan Cramer
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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.


This young alto saxophonist possesses the fluidity and velvety tone witnessed by the late saxophonists Paul Desmond and Stan Getz.
— All About Jazz
Dylan Cramer puts on a clinic on the art of jazz playing.
— The Vancouver Sun

Lessons & Performances

Dylan offers private lessons on saxophone, flute, clarinet, violin, and all band instruments. 

  • All ages and levels are welcome. 

  • Music lessons are offered from his private studio in beautiful Kerrisdale, Vancouver.  In-home lessons are also available.

Dylan is also available for performances.

  • Dylan can perform as a solo artist, or with his duo, trio, or quartet.

Upcoming Gigs

Water Street Café

Saturday, September 21 @ 7pm

Saturday, October 12 @ 7pm

Friday, October 25 @ 7pm

300 Water Street, Vancouver

Frankie’s Jazz Club

Saturday, November 9 @ 8pm

755 Beatty Street, Vancouver




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