Macklemore collaborator coming to Edmonds
Trombonist's to play at Uptown Market
Last updated 8/6/2021 at 10:11am
Hip-hop and soul trombonist Greg Kramer will perform Thursday, Aug. 12, during the second Edmonds Uptown Evening Market, on 236th Street SW between Highway 99 and 84th Avenue West.
The Beacon caught up with Kramer for a quick interview:
Beacon: Can you tell us about your music?
Kramer: I would describe my music as a combination of jazz, hip-hop, soul, and pop music. It all centers around the trombone and the different ways I can utilize it. Many of my songs have layered trombones, where it can act like a chordal instrument, rhythmic instrument, or even voice.
Beacon: A little of your background?
Kramer: I grew up in North Seattle, getting into jazz at Eckstein Middle School and then really immersing myself in music at Garfield High School. I went off to Cleveland for bioengineering school while always continuing to play.
After school, I moved back to Seattle. I worked at a biotech startup at the UW while playing in different projects on the side, including a formative experience playing with Wheedle's Groove.
When the opportunity to go on with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came up in 2013, I leapt at it, and have been a full-time musician ever since. I moved to Edmonds with my partner Hillary in 2016, where she teaches in the district. My other main musical project now is the True Loves, an instrumental soul band out of Seattle. http://www.truelovesband.com
Beacon: Have you performed in Edmonds?
Kramer: My very first solo show was at the now-closed Gravity Bar in downtown
Edmonds in 2019. I also performed a more intimate backyard show for the Abode Series in Lynnwood this month. Edmonds has been very supportive of my music!
Beacon: Do you plan on anymore collaborations with Macklemore?
Kramer: The community I met in my time with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is large and interconnected, and contains many good friends. The musical impact certainly continues, and I was happy to play a fundraiser for local music venues due to closures from COVID-19 with Macklemore last fall. I am always open to future collaborations.
Beacon: Follow-up to your EP?
Kramer: I am planning on releasing more music very soon! I hope to have a new single out this fall. I will be playing new music in Edmonds.
Beacon: People can find you on Spotify?
Kramer: You can find my EP, " Tell Me," anywhere you listen to music. Links can be found at kramerorginals.contactin.bio.