Theodore Lee Croker (born July 18, 1985), 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.
At sixteen Theo left home to attend The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, where his talent and drive attracted attention both in school and with local audiences. After seeing one of Theo’s solo performances, the director of the Ritz Theatre, a former black movie house transformed into a museum with a performance space, commissioned him to compose music for and lead a seventeen-piece band, eventually becoming the theater’s first Artist In Residence.
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. Donald Byrd said, “There are good, great and nice musical players, but then there are phenomenal instrumentalists such as Theo. I would place Theo in a class of musicians who will redirect the flow, change and alter the current of today’s New Jazz.”  According to Marcus Belgrave, “Theo Croker is one of the most promising and creative trumpeters on the horizon today and is also one of the most energetic artists I have ever encountered.”ynton Marsalis stated that Theo “has the tools, the intelligence, the ability and the talents. The future looks bright for Croker. You can follow Theo on facebook andtheocroker.com.
Song in Order 1, Don't mean a Thing "In The Tradition" 2, Realize "AfroPhysicist" 3, Left Sided "The Fundamental" 4, New Orlean "In The Tradition" 5 Alapa For Doc "AfroPhysicist" ^, I Can't Help It Feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater "AfroPhysicist"
Marcus Shelby is an accomplish teacher, composer, arranger and bassist.
Over the past 20 years he has built a diverse biography, from playing with group Black/note from 1991- 1996 and is currently the artistic director and leader of the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, The Marcus Shelby Hot 7 and the Marcus Shelby trio. Marcus talks about his beginning at the World Stage and 5th St Dicks. Also how important legendary drummer Billy Higgins influence him personally and professionally. Wynton Marsalis also was a strong influence early on in he's career. It was real good hooking back up and talking with him. Sit back and enjoy the conversation with Bassist Marcus Shelby. Recorded 3/10/2014
Songs in order 1, Freedom trail "MSO Harriet Tubman" 2, Call me in the Morning "Jungle Music" 3, Life On the Chesapeake" MSO Harriet Tubman" 4, 5th St Dick's "Jungle Music" 5, 20 & Mission "Sophisticate" 6, The Block "Midtown Sunset Vol 1" 7, Evil Dancer "Jungle Music" to find out more information www.marcusshelby.com
Lundy was born November 1, 1954, in Miami, Florida, and at the age of six began to study the piano. Her mother, Oveida, was the lead singer in a gospel group known as The Apostolic Singers. After Lundy joined her church junior choir, she decided to become a singer when she was 12 years old. While an opera major at the University of Miami, where she received a BA in Music, she sang with a jazz band and decided to sing vocal jazz. She cites Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack and Stevie Wonder as being among her first influences.
She moved to New York in 1978 and performed her first New York engagement at the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village. The following year she had her first appearance on a self-titled album from a group called Jasmine featuring Bill O'Connell and Steve Berrios (West 54 Records). In 1980 she formed her own trio, performing with pianists John Hicks and Onaje Gumbs. She has also performed with Walter Bishop Jr., Don Pullen, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Childs, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kip Hanrahan, Courtney Pine, Marian McPartland, and the band Quasimode.
Lundy's first album, Good Morning Kiss (1985) was an album of original compositions, and was reissued in 2002. Her second album was Night and Day (1986), and featured musicians Kenny Kirkland (piano), Alex Blake (bass), Curtis Lundy (bass), Victor Lewis (drums), Rodney Jones (guitar), Ricky Ford (tenor sax).
Lundy played the lead role in the European tour of Duke Ellington's Broadway musical, Sophisticated Ladies. Off-Broadway she portrayed Billie Holiday in Lawrence Holder's They Were All Gardenias. She made her television debut as the star of the CBS Pilot-Special Shangri-La Plaza (1990) in the role of Geneva.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts website has called Carmen Lundy "a woman of many faces: composer, arranger, producer, actress, painter, and sophisticated vocalist well known for her progressive bop and post-bop styling's--an uncompromising jazz singer whose every note is bulls-eye accurate" (The Los Angeles Times). "Equally adept at love-struck ballads, songs of heartbreak, or full-out swing, Lundy wields a voice of agility and seductive allure [that] make for a potent combination."
Carmen latest release SOUL TO SOUL is a continuation of showing her writing, composing and her arranging skills. Sit back and enjoy this conversation with Vocalist Carmen Lundy. If you want more information on Carmen Lundy and get a copy of her new CD Soul to Soul go to her web site www.carmenlundy.com
Franklin Kiermyer born 21 July 1956 in Montreal, Quebec is a Canadiandrummer, composer and bandleader who came to prominence in the 1990s during his long residency in New York City. Kiermyer's work is inspired by a variety of spiritual musics including the late period of John Coltrane and his quartet of McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison. Kiermyer’s album Solomon’s Daughter, featuring saxophonist and Coltrane band member Pharaoh Sanders, received a great deal of media attention and helped establish his reputation as a drummer and band leader. Known mostly for his particularly expansive style of drumming and the passionate spiritual focus of his music, he has performed and recorded with spiritual musicians from other cultures, like T.V. Gopalakrishan, as well as many leading figures in jazz.
Songs in Order 1, Heliocentric "Closer to the Sun" 2, Soul Train "Closer to the Sun" 3, Auspicious Blazing Sun
" Auspicious Blazing Sun/Purification" 4, Akdemus "Solomon's Daughter" 5, Sanctification "Sanctification"
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