Theo Crocker

From March 01, 2018 - 07:30 PM
to March 02, 2018 - 12:00 AM
Ronnie Scotts
47 Frith Street, Soho
W1 4HD, London

In 2013  Theo Croker returned to the United States after a seven-year stay in Shanghai, China, where he broadened his concept of jazz to encompass other complementary genres such as salsa, fusion-rock, R&B, hip hop and blues. While in Shanghai, he held a five-month residency at Shanghai’s House of Blues.[9] Soon after that he was hired as the house band for Asia Uncut Star Network, a late-night television show modeled on the Tonight Show–where Theo served as music director, bandleader and in-house composer until mid-2010.[10]

That same year Croker met and performed for the first time with vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. Over the next two years, Bridgewater and Croker kept in touch, exchanging musical ideas. In July 2010 Croker became the first artist in residence at Shanghai’s Peace Hotel Jazz Bar, the oldest and longest-running music club in China. Both the Jazz Bar and the hotel, now the Fairmont Peace Hotel, date back to the 1920s when it was known as the Cathay Hotel. According to one travel blogger, “I have never been a big fan of jazz, but the Theo Crocker Quarter just might have made a convert out of me. I would definitely enjoy spending another evening soaking up their cool vibes. These guys totally rock.

In April 2011 Bridgewater solidified her professional relationship with Croker when she signed him to her label DDB Records.The next month they began production in New York City on the album AfroPhysicist, which was based on the musical concepts Croker developed with his bands The Theo Croker Sextet and the Afrosonic Orchestra & Collective. The album includes musical contributions from Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove, Karriem Riggins, Dave Gilmore, and Dee Dee Bridgewater and was released on April 18, 2014, in Europe and a month later in the US on DDB Records (OKeh/Sony Masterwork) On August 4, 2014, the album hit number 2 on the US radio charts.

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