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Theo Croker Brings His 'Star People Nation' to Our Studio, Before a Run at Jazz Standard

Bill Daughtry
Theo Croker with bassist Eric Wheeler on Afternoon Jazz

‪In less than 34 years on the planet, trumpeter Theo Croker has accomplished more than most.

Start with seven years as a working musician in Shanghai, China, where says he found real freedom as an artist. There’s also five albums as a leader, the latest titled Star People Nation.

Croker, the grandson of jazz immortal Doc Cheatham, recently brought pianist Michael Hill, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Shekwaga Ode to play on Afternoon Jazz. I didn’t want the session to end.  

You’ll get the same feeling if you see the quartet play at Jazz Standard, from Thursday through Sunday.

Here is footage of the band in our studio, playing "The Messenger."


Theo Croker, trumpet; Michael Hill, piano; Eric Wheeler, bass; Shekwaga Ode, drums.

Videography: Chris Tobin and Sarah Kerson

Audio Mix and Video Edit: Corey Goldberg