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Theo Croker Wins Marcus Belgrave Trumpet Competition

Trumpeter will release new album on Dee Dee Bridgewater’s label in 2014

Theo Croker
Theo Croker

Trumpeter Theo Croker has won the Marcus Belgrave National Jazz Trumpet Competition in conjunction with Detroit Jazz. Croker, the grandson of the late fellow trumpeter Doc Cheatham, was recently signed to Dee Dee Bridgewater’s DDB Records (distributed by OKeh/SonyMasterworks), and will release an album, Afro Physicist, next spring.

According to a press release, the Marcus Belgrave competition, held in honor of the Detroit trumpeter, “recognizes and provides performance opportunities to outstanding jazz trumpeters 35 years of age or younger whose artistry reflects the commitment to tradition and search for originality that are tenets of Marcus Belgrave’s virtuosity. A panel of judges, including Marcus Belgrave and Chris Collins, Detroit Jazz Festival Artistic Director, selected Theo based on artistic excellence, creativity, group interaction, originality, familiarity with the jazz vocabulary and stylistic continuity.”

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