Event: It’ Ok Episode 05 Feat. Theo Croker
Date: January 18, 2020
Venue: Betty Oilphant Theatre
Start time: 6:30 PM
End time: 10:30 PM
we’ve got the jazz, we’ve got the jazz.
Bringing things back to our roots for EPISODE 05. We are featuring Grammy Nominated Theo Croker as well as local legend Waleed Abdulhamid’s African Jazz Ensemble.
Trumpeter/composer Theo Croker, is hailed as one the great promises of Black American Music. Star People Nation (his latest LP on Sony Masterworks) isn’t a sonic departure from his critically acclaimed release Escape Velocity, but a continuation toward a much grander musical legacy that is pushing the realms of futuristic melody, rhythm, and vibratory enlightenment.
The grandson of legendary trumpeter Doc Cheatham, Crocker is a student of Donald Byrd, a protégé of Wynton Marsalis, and a veteran of performances with such jazz greats as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Heather, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and many more. Well-versed in the swing, bop, and modal styles of acoustic jazz, Croker’s own music reveals a love of organic funk, soul, and gooey, groove-oriented hip-hop. He is creating jazz that is both “timeless and of the moment”
The Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble combines the impelling ancient rhythms of Africa with exhilarating, modern jazz improvisations.
From Nubia, Sudan to Harlem, New York, these two worlds and times meet and give rise to a new and original sounds. Like Toronto, a city that offers a harmonious mix of culture and people, his music is a “meeting place” where African rhythms of yesteryear, instruments, and vocalizations, blend with traditional jazz chord progressions and syncopations.
Betty Oliphant Theatre
404 Jarvis St, Toronto
Doors at 6:30
*The Betty Oliphant Theatre is wheelchair accessible. There are both stairs and a ramp to enter the building. Washrooms at the venue are wheelchair accessible.
Many thanks to Johnnie Walker , The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) and Toronto Arts Council for helping us bring this one to life.