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Theo Croker talks about his musical philosophy and his new album, "BLK2LIFE: A Future Past"

Theo Croker - New Album, BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST, Available September 24, 2021
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Theo Croker - New Album, BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST, Available September 24, 2021

Trumpeter Theo Croker set himself a high bar with his Grammy-nominated 2019 album Star People Nation. He's cleared that bar and set a new standard of modern trumpet jazz with BLK2LIFE: A Future Past, released last month. New Cool host Abe Beeson spoke to Croker recently about the new album, working with six guest vocalists and his musical philosophy. Parts of the interview and songs from BLK2LIFE will be featured on the KNKX Studio Session Spotlight Friday night at 8, followed by highlights from a Kassa Overall session in 2018 that featured Croker on trumpet. Croker's band opens this year's Earshot Jazz Festival at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Trumpeter Theo Croker talks with New Cool host Abe Beeson about his new album BLK2LIFE: A Future Past
Abe Beeson interviews Theo Croker in October 2021.

The New Cool airs Fridays at 9 p.m., hosted by Abe Beeson and produced by KNKX Public Radio in Seattle, Wash.

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Abe grew up in Western Washington, a 3rd generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KNKX, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and started hosting Evening Jazz in 1998.