Florida’s Theo Croker has a well-earned reputation as an innovative jazz trumpeter, taking the instrument in bold directions through funk, post-bop, and electronica. His grandfather was the revered jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and Croker clearly inherited that virtuoso playing, making a name for himself by performing in more traditional jazz style throughout the 2000s, before branching out in more experimental directions. 2014’s Afro Physicist, for example, brought in elements of hip-hop and was produced by Dee Dee Bridgewater, while 2016’s widely acclaimed Escape Velocity took this even further with funk and acid-jazz sounds on its densely layered tracks. His latest, 2019’s Star People Nation, was produced by Karriem Riggins and won him a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. There’s no better time to catch him than at Manchester’s hallowed jazz centre of Band on the Wall.
Sun 22 Mar, 7.30pm, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JZ, From £8
- Edward Lane
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- Sun 23 Feb 2020