The next set introduced trumpeter Theo Croker and his band “Dvrk Funk.” Croker is the grandson of jazz trumpet legend Doc Cheatham, who played with Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway. The band is made up Croker on trumpet, saxophonist Anthony Ware, bassist Eric Wheeler, keyboardist Michael King and drummer Kassa Overall. Together these guys cook, with a tight front line that weave in serpentine precision and are backed by a powerful rhythm section that pushes the groove. There are multiple elements of the tradition present in Mr. Croker’s music, funk, fusion, hard bop and pop all seem to amalgam through a fluid alchemy. His playing is inventive and facile and he has a joyful countenance that is accentuated by his cosmic glasses and his bundled hair. Songs carry monikers like “Raise Your Vibrations,” “In Orbit” and “No Escape from You Bliss” which can give you an idea of where the music is headed. The crowd loved it.
by ~Rallph A Miriello