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Enter the AfroPhysicist - trumpeter/composer Theo Croker. Coming straight out of Leesburg, Florida by way of Shanghai, China, this bold young soul-jazz newcomer, grandson of New Orleans trumpet legend Doc Cheatham is fortified by tradition with no lack of contemporary electricity to propel him into the future. Croker’s new album - AfroPhysicist - comes out on May 20, 2014 on Dee Dee Bridgewater‘s DDB Records via Sony Masterworks’ imprint OKeh Records. This is Croker’s third album and the inaugural release on Bridgewater’s label. His music literally shape-shifts without pause through 12 captivating selections. AfroPhysicist includes three vocals sung by Bridgewater, each from different eras and genres, and all re-imagined in bold strokes: “Moody’s Mood For Love” (the classic James Moody instrumental vocalized by Eddie Jefferson in the `50s, then by George Benson with Patti Austin in the `80s); “Save Your Love For Me,” (made famous by Nancy Wilson with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet in 1962); and “I Can’t Help It,” originally introduced by Michael Jackson on 1979′s Off the Wall, and flipped here into a sizzling, chattering Afro-Cuban whirlwind. Though Croker recorded two previous albums as a leader - The Fundamentals in 2007 and In the Tradition in 2009 – the time he spent in Shanghai prepared him to become the daring artist that Bridgewater was excited to unleash on her DDB label

Album

Louise

Label: Enja Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Louise; Madagascar; Memento Part I; Memento Part II; Memento Part III; Il giorno della civetta; Jojo; Jungle Jig; Prayer 4 Peace.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

T.S. Monk, Grant Stewart & Theo Croker

Read "T.S. Monk, Grant Stewart & Theo Croker" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Innovative trumpeter Theo Croker begins the 764th Episode of Neon Jazz with a song off his album Love Quantum. The theme of the hour is modern jazz released in 2022. We also hear new material from T.S. Monk off his first live album and feature Dan Olivo, Steve Hudson, Tim Lin and Steve Knight. Listen in ...

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Article: Album Review

Quinn Oulton: Alexithymia

Read "Alexithymia" reviewed by Peter Jones


It was hardly a new sentiment: "Jazz is dead," proclaimed trumpet-player Theo Croker at a recent London gig. What he meant, of course, was that the word jazz is dead, a turn-off for the general public, and a millstone around the necks of those who try to make a living out of playing it. Why can't ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Theo Croker

Jazz Musician of the Day: Theo Croker

All About Jazz is celebrating Theo Croker's birthday today! Enter the AfroPhysicist- trumpeter/composer Theo Croker. Coming straight out of Leesburg, Florida by way of Shanghai, China, this bold young soul-jazz newcomer, grandson of New Orleans trumpet legend Doc Cheatham is fortified by tradition with no lack of contemporary electricity to propel him into the future. Croker’s ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Save The Country - Songs Celebrating July 4th, New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts and More

Read "Save The Country - Songs Celebrating July 4th, New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Caili O'Doherty, bassist Michael Fiorino, the Nikos Chatzitsakos Tiny Big Band and a special digital reissue of Salome Bey's debut album, plus birthday shoutouts to Lena Horne, Tierney Sutton, Brandee Younger, Rhoda Scott, Madeline Eastman and Queen Esther, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From ChimyTina, Kate Wyatt, Tasha Smith Godinez, Alan Broadbent Trio & Theo Croker

Read "New Releases From ChimyTina, Kate Wyatt, Tasha Smith Godinez, Alan Broadbent Trio & Theo Croker" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from the duo Martina DaSilva & Dan Chmielinski who form the group ChimyTina, Theo Croker, the Alan Broadbent Trio, pianist Kate Wyatt and harpist Tasha Smith Godinez, plus birthday shoutouts to Sasha Berliner, Aubrey Johnson, Gillian Margot,, and Dave Grusin, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Jazz Geminis Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts to Jazz Geminis Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Ben Sidran, guitarist Margaret Slovak, Queen Kong, vocalists Cathy Segal-Garcia, Melody Gardot and Carol Lipnik with birthday shoutouts to Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Clora Bryant, Adison Evans, Denise Donatelli, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Mala Waldron, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing ...

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Article: Live Review

Belgrade Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine/Kombank Dvorana Belgrade, Serbia October 26-November 1, 2021 The 37th Belgrade Jazz Festival made a full return to its accustomed international nature, following the late 2020 mostly-Serbian edition. Artists successfully managed to arrive from the USA and various parts of Europe, with no cancellations ...

Album

A Song of Hope

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Song of Hope; Fragile; Blues for RH (Roy Hargrove); Fur Live; Chance; One 4 Hakim; Say Her Name; Tain Dance; Sunset Park Bonita; Central Park West; Contemplation; Of Things to Come RTK. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-13118290


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