“He has the tools, the intelligence, the ability and the talents. The future looks bright for Croker.” —Wynton Marsalis
8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome the Theo Croker Quintet to the South on Main stage! This is the first show in their 2017-18 Jazz Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsor UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication.
Additional season partners include Acura, Chris Harkins of Raymond James, J. Mark & Christy Davis, Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Stacy Hamilton of Pulaski Heights Realty, Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South Division, Arkansas Arts Council, ACANSA Arts Festival, Capital Hotel, Rosen Music Company, and Piano Kraft.
Tickets are available via Metrotix.com (or by calling 800-293-5949), and are $30 (General Admission), $42 (Reserved), and $44 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.
Theodore Lee Croker is a jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader from Leesburg, Florida. The second son of William Henry Croker, a civil rights activist, high school principal, and farmer, and Alicia Cheatham, and the grandson of GRAMMY Award-winning trumpeter Doc Cheatham. Croker is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory.
Croker’s talent allowed him his pick of the country’s finest music schools. Donald Byrd, the virtuoso jazz trumpeter, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning composer, recording artist, and pioneer in jazz education, inspired him to choose the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. While at Oberlin, Croker studied with jazz legends like Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Billy Hart, Wendell Logan, Marcus Belgrave, and Dan Wall. In the spring of 2006, he awarded the prestigious Presser Music Foundation Award. He used the grant money to record his first album, The Fundamentals.
After graduating Oberlin, Croker relocated to China, where he took up residency at Shanghai’s House of Blues. In 2009, the he released his sophomore album, In The Tradition, which paid tribute to Cheatham.
Croker returned to the States in 2013, and in 2014, he released his third solo album, the Dee Dee Bridgewater-produced Afro Physicist on OKeh Records.