Theo Croker

Friday 5th November 2021 - Saturday 6th November 2021
Dates: Friday 5th November - Saturday 6th November Ticket Prices: £35.00 - £50.00
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Dates:

Friday 5th November 2021
- Saturday 6th November 2021

Doors open time

First House
17:30

Second House
20:30

Ticket Prices:

£35.00 - £50.00

Featuring:

Theo Croker

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Line-up for both live shows on Friday and Saturday: THEO CROKER trumpet; MICHAEL KING piano; ERIC WHEELER bass; SHEKWOAGA ODE drums; D'LEAU art & sound design

 

Star People Nation (Masterworks/DDB Records) is trumpeter, producer, arranger, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist
Theo Croker’s most personal project yet, something Croker describes as an intimate exploration of
“the everyday rituals of blackness.” A translation of his personal, spiritual and creative experience, Star People
Nation is a self-reflective collection of provocative, powerfully passionate and boundary-busting compositions that
speak to our greater, shared human existence.
The first release from the album, “Subconscious Flirtations and Titillations” with its syncopated drum beat,
passionate piano and emotionally-pulsating trumpet, illuminates the newly-broadened scope of sound explored
throughout the entirety of Croker’s forthcoming Star People Nation. The new album finds Croker at the helm of
production, songwriting and performance for the first time in his career, resulting in an intimate exploration of what
he describes as, “the everyday rituals of blackness.” A translation of his personal, spiritual and creative
experience, Star People Nation is a self-reflective collection of provocative, powerfully-passionate and boundarybusting
compositions that speak to our greater, shared human existence.
The second pre-release track, “The Messenger” featuring jazz pianist ELEW, pairs a smoky blues piano with a
traditional swing rhythm, locking into the pocket and showcasing Croker’s musical mastery. The track has already
garnered critical acclaim, with EARMILK calling it "a testament to Croker’s firm standing within the realm of jazz
and shows that his upcoming album will undoubtedly be one to remember.” It’s yet another example of the
versatility explored throughout the entirety of Croker’s latest album.
Grandson of the late venerable trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz
trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter, composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Theo Croker naturally follows
an internal need to compose. Learning to play the trumpet at age 11 after hearing Cheatham play in New York
City, by his teens Croker was studying music formally at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville
followed by the Music Conservatory at Oberlin College.
Launching his career with seven years spent in Shanghai, Croker first introduced his singular style in 2014 on the
Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted AfroPhysicist. His 2016 follow-up, Escape Velocity, marked a watershed
moment for the artist, with the Wall Street Journal extolling the album as “timeless and of-the-moment.” Croker
has also lent his talents to the world of hip hop, with rap superstar J. Cole’s platinum-certified No. 1 opus 4 Your
Eyez Only, with Croker acting as trumpet arranger and performer on multiple tracks. GRAMMY® Award-winning
rapper Common also sought out Croker for his critically-acclaimed album Black America Again. In 2019, Croker
also leant his trumpet talents to the most recent release by Dreamville artist Ari Lennox’s Shea Butter Baby.

Theo Croker is a storyteller who speaks through his trumpet. A creative who refuses boundaries, the GRAMMY®️ Award-nominated artist, composer, producer, thought leader, and influencer projects his voice through the music.

 

After seven years of sojourn in Shanghai, Croker crash-landed with a simmering original sound on the 2014 Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted album Afro Physicist. Following the success of Escape Velocity in 2016, he ascended to a new stratosphere with Star People Nation in 2019.


The record garnered a nomination in the category of "Best Contemporary Instrumental Album'' at the 62nd GRAMMY®️ Awards. It attracted widespread critical acclaim including Stereogum, Paste, and The New York Times who called it “an album that gallivants from swirling, left-field hip-hop beats to propellant swing to entrancing passages of African percussion. Through it all, Croker’s understated trumpet playing holds his small band together with swagger and poise.” Along the way, he also lent his sound to platinum-selling albums by everyone from J. Cole to Ari Lennox while touring his band across the globe many times over.

 

In 2020, he hunkered down at his childhood home in the midst of the global pandemic and wrote his sixth full-length album, releasing fall 2021 on SPN Records via Sony Music Masterworks. 

 


Dates: Friday 5th November - Saturday 6th November Ticket Prices: £35.00 - £50.00
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