US jazz stars are largely absent from UK jazz clubs at the moment. Soon they will return including acclaimed draw trumpeter Theo Croker who is to play Ronnie Scott's on 5-6 November already with a presence on the UK jazz scene and heard in recent years with sax titan Benny Golson at Cadogan Hall when Croker was a hyperactive and entertaining presence beaming out bright and brassily, his white hat and skinny jeans look completed by his shades that finished off the hipster quality.
The radical-tradster, who has the soaring Afro-folkloric underpinned highly polyrhythmic stormer 'Hero Stomp: A Future Past', out at the moment, something of a character study. Croker explains: "Our hero is put forth by his tribe in a rite of passage to become the chosen one. In the ceremony he must prove his worthiness and earn the tribe’s blessings. He must raise his vibrations through an intense call and response, facing all fears and demons and transmuting/rebirthing into the hero of our story." Theo Croker photo: Obidi Nzeribe