When I interviewed the legendary Dee Dee Bridgewater in the first season of the Jazz Spotlight Podcast and asked her if there was any young musician who had impressed her, she mentioned one artist: Theo Croker.
And today, he’s here on the show!
The grandson of Grammy Award winning trumpeter Doc Cheatham, Theo joins us to talk about how he got started with the trumpet, how he met Dee Dee Bridgewater, the importance of cultural influences on jazz and his latest album AfroPhysicist.
Theo Croker is a trumpet player, bandleader and singer from Leesburg, Florida.
He’s the grandson of the late Grammy Award winning trumpeter Doc Cheatham, who – in addition to leading jazz groups from the 1920s and enjoying renewed acclaim in the following decades – agreed with the critical assessment that he was probably the only jazz artist to create his best work after the age of 70.
During and following his music education days, Theo Croker performed and had the opportunity to spend time with jazz legends such as Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Marcus Belgrave and Billy Hart.
While in Shanghai, China, Theo met the iconic Dee Dee Bridgewater, who he started performing and collaborating with. She signed him to her label DDB Records and they began the production – in New York City – of Theo’s record AfroPhysicist.
The album, which Theo and his DVRK FUNK have been performing at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz venues and festivals, features contributions by Roy Hargrove, Stefon Harris, and Dave Gilmore, as well as Dee Dee Bridgewater herself.
In This Episode, You’ll Hear About
- How Theo got started as a trumpet player
- How he met and started collaborating with the legendary Dee Dee Bridgewater
- The importance of cultural influences on jazz
- Theo’s latest album AfroPhysicist
- AfroPhysicist (Theo’s new album)
- Doc Cheatham (Theo’s grandfather)