September 21, 2 - 11 p.m.

A2 Jazz Fest: Day 3

Theo Croker Star People Nation
Sean Dobbins Trio
Jesse Kramer
Trunino Lowe Quartet
Workshops

All events are free and open to the public! Walk-ins only. More info at https://www.a2jazzfest.com/

Note: This is a past event. For upcoming events, click here.

SATURDAY SEPT 21 (DAY 3) -

2 p.m. - Jazz Workshop w/Theo Croker

All workshops require registration, click here to register.

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3:15 p.m. - Jazz Workshop w/Sean Dobbins

All workshops require registration, click here to register.

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5 p.m. - Jazz Workshop Student Show

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5:45 p.m. - Trunino Lowe Quartet

Featuring: Trunino Lowe - Trumpet; Louis Jones II - Drums; Jonathon S. Muir-Cotton - Bass; Sequoia Snyder - Keyboard.

The Trunino Lowe Quartet is comprised of four friends who love to play together. The quartet features Trunino Lowe on trumpet, Louis Jones III on drums, Jonathon S. Muir-Cotton on bass and Sequoia Snyder on keyboard. The band will be performing original music and standards. They invite the A2 JAZZ FEST audience to “be ready for a journey.”

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7 p.m. - Jesse Kramer's "Antinous as Osiris"

Featuring: Jesse Kramer - Drums; Brian Jurez - Bass; Max Bowen - Guitar; Tim Haldeman - Saxophone; Estar Cohen - Vocals.

Released in June of 2019, Kramer’s latest project “Antinous as Osiris” was inspired by two of the most important 20th century literary figures, Marguerite Yourcenar and Langston Hughes. Kramer translates Yourcenar’s exquisite language from her historical novel “Memoirs of Hadrian” and Hughes’ cadence from “Montage of a Dream Deferred” into timeless melodies with lush harmonies and sophisticated rhythmic structures. Link to demo for the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=zMuG9XQmtAs

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8:30 p.m. - Sean Dobbins Trio

Featuring: Sean Dobbins - Drums; Corey Kendrick - Piano; Rob Bickley - Bass.

Drummer Sean Dobbins leads a trio featuring Corey Kendrick on piano and Rob Bickley on bass. Their repertoire, which is set to their own interesting arrangements, celebrates many of the great jazz pianists and composers such as Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson along with original compositions as well! You can expect to hear an eclectic selection of great jazz standards with a modern twist.

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9:45 p.m. - Theo Croker Star People Nation

Trumpeter Theo Croker is an adventurous jazz musician known for his cosmically minded, spiritually enlightened take on post-bop, funk, and electronic-tinged fusion. The grandson of famed trumpeter Doc Cheatham, Croker first garnered attention in the 2000s playing straight-ahead jazz before issuing such stylistically expansive albums as 2014’s Dee Dee Bridgewater-produced Afro Physicist and 2016’s Escape Velocity.

Born in 1985 in Leesburg, Florida, Croker began playing trumpet around age 11, inspired by his grandfather. By his teens he was studying music at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida. From 2003 to 2007, Croker attended the music conservatory at Oberlin College. While at Oberlin, he was mentored by legendary trumpeter and educator Donald Byrd. Also during this time, he earned the Presser Music Foundation Award, which funded his debut album, 2006’s Fundamentals. After graduating Oberlin, Croker relocated to China, where he took up residency at Shanghai’s House of Blues. His 2009 album, In the Tradition, paid tribute to Cheatham.

In 2013, Croker returned to the States and began work on his third solo album, the Dee Dee Bridgewater-produced Afro Physicist. Released in 2014 on OKeh Records, the album found him branching out stylistically, weaving elements of funk, Latin jazz, and hip-hop into his sound. In 2016, he delivered Escape Velocity, which found him delving deeper into a genre-bending, spiritually enlightened, funk-influenced jazz sound. The equally cross-pollinated hip-hop, R&B, and electronic fusion effort Star People Nation arrived in 2019 and featured production by Karriem Riggins.

Theo Croker will be playing at 8:30pm & 10pm on September 20 (Day 2 of the A2 Jazz Fest) as well as at 9:45pm on September 21 (Day 3 of the A2 Jazz Fest)

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If you are interested in volunteering for the 4th annual A2 Jazz Fest, please sign up here.

More info at https://www.a2jazzfest.com/

Suggested Entertainment Fee

With the goal of providing amazing hospitality with minimal rules, the Blue LLama Jazz Club doesn't have a mandatory cover charge when featuring local and regional artists. However, our mission is to bring the best talent to our community and you will see a “suggested entertainment fee” line on the check. While it's not required, you're welcome to add the suggested amount per person to help us continue our mission of presenting amazing music five days a week on the Blue LLama stage.
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