Trumpeter Theo Croker Releases New Single “Subconscious Flirtations and Titillations” | LISTEN! | Announces New Tour 2019

Theo Croker Debuts
“Subconscious Flirtations and Titillations”
Lead Single Off Forthcoming Album Star People Nation

European Tour Date Set for March 2019
Followed by U.S. Dates in Washington D.C.,
New York City & More Through June 2019

Trumpeter, producer, arranger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist THEO CROKER today releases “Subconscious Flirtations and Titillations,” the lead offering from his upcoming album Star People Nation (Masterworks). Available everywhere now, “Subconscious Flirtations and Titillations” is a simmering track that ebbs and flows with sonic seduction.

“’Subconscious Flirtations & Titillations’ is a sensual composition detailing the sapiosexual interplay between two lovers,” says Theo Croker. “The track has a particularly lush soundscape, with its smooth, soaring horn lines, ethereal drum and percussion grooves, euphoric synth pads and sumptuous piano fills, all of which are complimented by a warm, sensual solo trumpet that weaves in and out to mimic the flirtatious game of slap and tickle.”

With its syncopated drum beat, passionate piano and emotionally-pulsating trumpet, “Subconscious Flirtations and Titillations” illuminates the newly-broadened scope of sound explored throughout the entirety of Croker’s forthcoming Star People Nation. The new album finds Croker at the helm of production, songwriting and performance for the first time in his career, resulting in an intimate exploration of what he describes as, “the everyday rituals of blackness.” A translation of his personal, spiritual and creative experience, Star People Nation is a self-reflective collection of provocative, powerfully-passionate and boundary-busting compositions that speak to our greater, shared human existence.


Fri, Jan 18 | Ludwigshafen, Germany | w/ China Moses &
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
Sat, Jan 19 | Ludwigshafen, Germany | w/ China Moses &
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
Tue, March 5 | Clermont-Ferrand, France | La Cooperative de Mai
Fri, March 8 | Faches-Thumesnil, France | Centre Musical Les Arcades
Sat, March 9 | Minden, Germany | Jazz Club Minden
Mon, March 11 | Berlin, Germany | Gretchen
Wed, March 13 | Vienna, Austria | Porgy & Bess
Thu, March 14 | Clermont-Ferrand, France | La Cooperative de Mai
Fri, March 15 | Friedrichshafen, Germany | Kulturufer Friedrichshafen
Sat, March 16 | Brno, Czech Republic | Jazz Fest Brno
Wed, March 20 | Paris, France | New Morning
Fri, March 22 | Caen, France | Théâtre
Sun, March 24 | St. Moritz, Switzerland | Festival De Jazz St. Moritz (Pre-Show)
Thu, May 9 | Norfolk, VA | Virginia Arts Festival
Fri, May 10 | Germantown, MD | BlackRock Center for the Arts
Sat, May 11 | Washington, D.C. | The Arc
Thu, June 13 | New York, NY | Jazz Standard
Fri, June 14 | New York, NY | Jazz Standard
Sat, June 15 | New York, NY | Jazz Standard
Sun, June 16 | New York, NY | Jazz Standard


As the grandson of the late venerable trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter, composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Theo Croker naturally follows an internal need to compose. Learning to play the trumpet at age 11 after hearing Cheatham play in New York City, by his teens Croker was studying music formally at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville followed by the Music Conservatory at Oberlin College. Launching his career with seven years spent in Shanghai, Croker first introduced his singular style in 2014 on the Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted AfroPhysicist. His 2016 follow-up, Escape Velocity, marked a watershed moment for the artist, with the Wall Street Journal extolling the album as “timeless and of-the-moment.” Croker has also lent his talents to the world of hip hop, with rap superstar J. Cole’s platinum-certified No. 1 opus 4 Your Eyez Only, with Croker acting as trumpet arranger and performer on multiple tracks. GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper Common also sought out Croker for his critically-acclaimed album Black America Again.

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