Theo Croker / Afrosonic Orchestra/ Quintet

Theo Croker / Afrosonic Orchestra/ Quintet

 New York City, New York, USA
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Theo Croker is a young, exciting, progressive & energetic trumpeter, composer, and producer. His last 3 albums have reached international audiences in the US, UK, China, Japan, Australia & all throughout Europe. With Influences ranging from Fela Kuti To Miles Davis, Theo's projects are always high content and high energy.

Biography

Theo Croker is a Jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader from Leesburg, Florida. He attended Oberlin College/Conservetory of Music and is the grandson of Grammy Award winning trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He has produced 2 albums and is currently producing his third

Theo Croker (18 July, 1985) is a Jazz trumpeter, composer/arranger, bandleader, and international recording artis from Leesburg, Florida U.S.A. He attended Oberlin College & Conservetory of music (2003-2007) and is the grandson of Grammy Award winning trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He is a protege of trumpeters Donald Byrd, Marcus Belgrave, Wynton Marsalis and composer Wendell Logan. He received the Presser Music Foundation Award in 2007 which financed his first album entitled The Fundamentals. In 2009 he finished his second album, In The Tradition which received rave reviews from well known jazz writer and Village Voice editor Nat Hentoff who compared that work to Count Basie and Buck Clayton.

Residing In Shanghai, China (summer of 2009) Theo became the Musical Director, In house composer, and Band Leader for Asia Uncut, an Asia-wide English-language talk show that reaches over 120 million people in 53 countries across Asia and the Middle East produced by STAR World and Fly Films. In July 2010 to the present date, Theo became the first and only foreign musician to hold residency as Musical Director and Band Leader at the famous Peace Hotel Jazz Club performing nightly with his Modern Jazz Sextet. In April of 2010 Theo started the "Afrosonic Orchestra & Collective", a 12 piece Afrobeat inspiried ensemble showcasing his composing and leadership strengths. The group has performed internationaly in Hong Kong and Europe.

In October of 2009 while performing in Shanghai, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter as well as Tony Award winning stage actress Dee Dee Bridgewater took a musical interest in Theo. Over the next two years Dee Dee and Theo exchanged musical ideas and concepts wich developed into Bridgewater taking over as his producer. In April of 2011 Bridgewater signed Theo to her label DDB Records (Universal Music Group/Emarcy). In May of 2011 in New York City, they began production of an album based on the musical concepts developed in Theo's Sextet and the Afrosonic Orchestra & Collective. The album includes musical contributions from Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove,Karriem Riggins, Dave Gilmore, and Dee Dee herself. At writing the record is still under production.

The Afrosonic Orchestra:
Theo Croker’s Afrosonic Orchestra is a twelve piece
Afro-Funk-World-Soul-booty shaking-genre bending-mind blowing-barriercrossing-dynamic explosion of sound and energy. Its very existence defines the 21st century, defying musical, ethnical, stylistic, and racial barriers. The Shanghai-based collective features members from
around the globe on five continents including the US, China, Brazil, Norway, and Australia. Conducted by trumpeter Theo Croker, grandson of Grammy Award winning jazz legend Doc Cheatham, and produced by Grammy/Tony Award winning singer-songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater, the
Afrosonic Orchestra performs original compositions and arrangements of Fela Kuti, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Chaka Khan and more.

Discography

Albums:
"In The Tradition", Theo Croker Quartet (Arbor Records) March 2009
"Alive in Shanghai", Theo Croker Quintet (China & Europe) (December 2008)
"The Fundamentals", The Theo Croker Sextet (Jan 2007) Left Sided Music.
"Jazziz Magazine Compilation" (February 2005).
"Aural Capacity", Oberlin Conservatory student works (2004).

Radio Features:
Featured artist interview on NPR Cleveland with DJ Bobby Jackson (April 2006).
Featured artist interview on XM satellite radio's jazz station with DJ Max Myrick (January 2006, NYC).

Set List

A typical hour and 15 minute set would be along:

1) Water No Get Enemy (Fela Kuti)
2) What If ? (Groove Tune)
3) The Fundamentals (Latest Album)
4) Blues (Either original or standard)
5) With You (A Ballad)
6) Transcend
7) I Can't Help it (Michael Jackson & Stevie Wonder)
8) Focus (Latest Album, High Energy)