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Written by Ryan Harris   

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS-Oxford American, "A Magazine of the South," is proud to continue its 2017-18 Concert Series with the Theo Croker Quintet on Thursday, September 7 at South on Main (1304 Main Street). The show starts at 8:00 PM and doors open at 6:00 PM, with food and drinks available for purchase at that time. Tickets range from $30 to $44 and are available via or by calling 800-293-5949. Theo Croker Quintet is the first of four concerts in the 2017-18 Jazz Series, which is made possible in part by the generosity of presenting sponsor UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication.

Additional season partners include Chris Harkins of Raymond James, J. Mark & Christy Davis, Acura, Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Stacy Hamilton of Pulaski Heights Realty, Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South Division, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Arts Council, ACANSA Arts Festival, Capital Hotel, Rosen Music Company, and Piano Kraft.

Theodore Lee Croker is a jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader from Leesburg, Florida. The second son of William Henry Croker, a civil rights activist, high school principal, and farmer, and Alicia Cheatham, and the grandson of GRAMMY Award-winning trumpeter Doc Cheatham. Croker is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory.

Croker's talent allowed him his pick of the country's finest music schools. Donald Byrd, the virtuoso jazz trumpeter, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning composer, recording artist, and pioneer in jazz education, inspired him to choose the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. While at Oberlin, Croker studied with jazz legends like Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Billy Hart, Wendell Logan, Marcus Belgrave, and Dan Wall. In the spring of 2006, he awarded the prestigious Presser Music Foundation Award. He used the grant money to record his first album, The Fundamentals.

After graduating Oberlin, Croker relocated to China, where he took up residency at Shanghai's House of Blues. In 2009, he released his sophomore album, In The Tradition, which paid tribute to Cheatham. 

Croker returned to the States in 2013, and in 2014, he released his third solo album, the Dee Dee Bridgewater-produced Afro Physicist on OKeh Records.

Oxford American is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization and national magazine dedicated to featuring the very best in Southern writing, while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South. The Oxford American is committed to the development of young individuals aspiring to work in the publishing industry and to the production and presentation of multidisciplinary arts events in and around Little Rock, Arkansas. Billed as "A Magazine of the South," it has won four National Magazine Awards-including the 2016 Award for General Excellence in the category of Literature, Science and Politics-and other high honors since it began publication in 1992. 

The magazine has featured the original work of such literary powerhouses as Charles Portis, Roy Blount, Jr., ZZ Packer, Donald Harington, Donna Tartt, Ernest J. Gaines, and many other distinguished authors, while also discovering and launching the most promising writers in the region. The magazine has also published previously unseen work by such Southern masters as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, James Agee, Zora Neale Hurston, James Dickey, and Carson McCullers, to name just a handful. The Oxford American is published from the University of Central Arkansas. For more information, visit

South on Main is a restaurant and performance venue featuring the best of Southern cuisine and culture. With a kitchen helmed by Chef Matthew Bell, the restaurant offers a sophisticated but unpretentious atmosphere and a creative and accessible menu. South on Main also presents programming related to the content of the Oxford American magazine, including musical performances, literary readings, film screenings, and other offerings, making it the place where the Oxford American goes "from the page to the stage."
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