Theo Croker

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‪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.