DKO The Darren Kramer Organization
Festivals • Corporate Events • Weddings
This exciting group has capitalized on creating the next generation of crossover jazz and brings this high-energy music to people all over the world through their inspiring performances, educational workshops and exceptional recordings. DKO The Darren Kramer Organization is based in Denver, CO and is in demand for public and private events throughout the United States. All DKO members are full-time professional musicians with years of experience and education. The Darren Kramer Organization is a highly versatile group and can consist of any number of musicians from solo performance to the full-size 10pc band depending on your wants, needs and budget. All DKO recordings feature original high-energy Funk, Jazz & Latin performed by world-class artists such as Eric Marienthal, Rick Margitza, Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Gary Willis, and the late Michael Brecker who praised Kramer’s music as "fresh, innovative funk by a brilliant, upcoming trombonist”.
"DKO is the next Tower of Power, Blood Sweat & Tears,
Chicago, and Cold Blood rolled into one. 10 Stars!!!!!!!!"
Director of Studio/Jazz Writing
Univ of Miami
Funk • Jazz • Latin
Contingency (feat. Eric Marienthal)
Ballade (feat. Rick Margitza)
Turbulent Altercation (feat. Jerry Hey & Gary Grant)
Quench! (feat. Jym Britton)Not Far From Here (feat. Darelle Holden)
A Cask Of Thousands (feat. Pat Bianchi)
DKO Originals Sampler #1DKO Originals Sampler #2
Funk • R&B/Soul • Motown
• Swing • Jazz • Latin
Call On Me
Ain't Too Proud To BegAustin PowersBang BangBest Of My Love Got To Be RealBody & SoulBrown Eyed GirlCha ChaCrossfireDr. FeelgoodGive It To Me BabyHappy Feet BluesI Wish
Isn't She LovelyMamboMustang SallyNot That KindShake Everything You've GotTakin' To The StreetsWhat Is This Thing Called Love
Listen / Download ALL DKO CDs on iTunes
All Music & Lyrics Written, Arranged & Produced by Darren Kramer
All Cover Tunes Transcribed & Arranged Specifically for DKO by Darren Kramer
Trombonist • Keyboardist • Composer • Educator
Darren Kramer is an Edwards Trombone Performing Artist and Ableton Live Specialist and is in demand as a freelance trombonist, multi-instrumentalist DJ/VJ, composer and educator throughout the United States. Kramer graduated from the University of Miami and moved to NYC where he toured with Matchbox Twenty, Tom Jones, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies. He has also recorded with such artists as Michael Brecker, Eric Marienthal and Jerry Hey and his original composition "Not Far From Here" was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Kramer is President/CEO of his own music company, DKO The Darren Kramer Organization, whose inspiring concerts, educational clinics, five exceptional recordings, and over fifty challenging arrangements (available now for small group AND big band!) have helped modernize the trombone and expand its role in contemporary music.
The 2012 CD and new solo project “Beyond The Boneyard” is a cutting-edge live performance innovation that pushes the boundaries of the typical trombone stereotype as well as that of the traditional DJ. Kramer (aka DJ DKO) performs an inspiring live DJ remix of originals and covers via Ableton Live looping with electric trombone, virtual synths, vocoder, and the iPad Lemur App. Furthermore, this unique project is enhanced with spectacular visuals created in realtime by utilizing the latest VJ software to combine Kramer’s world-class photography and original video with live camera feeds for a truly stunning interactive audio/visual experience. Due to its technological sophistication, “Beyond The Boneyard” is also being taught by Kramer as a popular media arts presentation and workshop in schools throughout the country.