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Theo Croker Quintet [Jazz Series]

“He has the tools, the intelligence, the ability and the talents. The future looks bright for Croker.” —Wynton Marsalis

OA logo8:00 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.

UCA Fine Arts logoAdditional 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, a guidance counselor, and the grandson of GRAMMY Award-winning trumpeter Doc Cheatham. Theo is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory.

By the time he was ready for college Theo had 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 Theo studied with jazz legends like Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Billy Hart, Wendell Logan, Marcus Belgrave, and Dan Wall. In the spring of 2006, Theo was awarded the prestigious Presser Music Foundation Award. He used the grant money to record his first album, The Fundamentals.

After college, Theo began his postgraduate education hanging out and playing with older musicians like Benny Powell, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, Billy Hart, and Marcus Belgrave. His mentors have repeatedly praised Theo’s talent, drive, and musicianship.

Today, Theo lives and plays in Shanghai, China, where—from September 2007 through January 2008—his Quartet held residency at the “The House of Blues and Jazz.” In March 2008, the Theo Croker Quartet released In The Tradition, on Arbors Records, featuring Albert “Tootie” Heath on drums, Sullivan Fortner on piano, and Joe Sanders on bass.