Theo Croker 'Star People Nation' (USA)

After his successful debut album "Afro Physicist" the American trumpeter, singer and composer Theo Croker returns with his powerful and eclectic interpretation of 'Modern Jazz'.

Live he is supported by his band DVRK FUNK (pronounced: DARK FUNK) consisting of Anthony Ware (tenor saxophone and flute), Michael King (piano), Eric Wheeler (bass) and Kassa Overall (drums). Croker explains the name of the band as follows: "Darkness is usually seen as something negative, but the outermost edges of the universe are in the dark. Life begins in darkness. The dark offers countless possibilities, it is infinite and unexplored. That's what it's all about here...We always push our music as far as it can go. We're not playing a new game, but we've changed the rules so that it's entirely our game."


Theo Croker: trumpset
Michael King: piano
Eric Wheeler: bass
Michael Ode: drums

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March 2019

PORGY & BESS Jazzclub

Porgy & Bess (actually, Jazz and Music Club Porgy & Bess ) is a jazz club in the Riemergasse 11 in the 1st district of Vienna. The club , founded in 1993 is considered " the most important jazz organizer and trendy meeting point " of the Austrian capital .

The program of Porgy & Bess speaks to a very large audience , about 70,000 guests a year ; is accordingly Jazz " understood very pluralistic ," and the program " even in fringe areas , such as electronic music , contemporary music and world music penetrated . " Many international artists , particularly from the U.S. space , see also Austrian musician here an opportunity to perform . The club also offers the stage for events, such as the award of the Austrian World Music Award.

Musicologist Christian Scheib According to the Porgy & Bess " at the same time essential for the development of the musical ( jazz ) reality of a City" and needs and uses ' plain commonplace as urban space music. " It creates itself " through artistic preferences, acoustic quality , capacity and real capacity, the necessary exclusion of other clubs. " Here, the different areas of the jazz clubs allow - the area in front of the stage with tables, upstairs gallery , a lateral area with a bar at counter - different intense concentration on the concert scene . For Jazzthetik Porgy & Bess is even a " traditional club . "

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