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Theon Cross Trio

Young British tuba player and Sons of Kemet lynchpin Theon Cross performs with his new trio at the 2015 London Jazz Festival.

Jez Nelson presents young British tuba player Theon Cross performing with his new trio at the Rich Mix as part of the 2015 London Jazz Festival.

A graduate of London's Guildhall School of Music, where he was taught by tuba virtuoso Oren Marshall, Cross has quickly made a name for himself laying down heavy grooves as part of West Indian-inspired four-piece Sons of Kemet, marching band-influenced octet Brass Mask and trad jazz outfit the Kansas Smittys.

His own compositions, featured on debut EP Aspirations, draw on many of the same influences, bringing them up to date with an injection of swaggering electro-funk whilst leaving room for the rest of the trio - MOBO Award-winning drummer Moses Boyd and saxophonist Nubya Garcia - to shine.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Theon Cross Trio

    Radiation

  • Jon Sass

    City Walker

  • Youngblood Brass Band

    Brooklyn

    Performer: Youngblood Brass Band.
  • Theon Cross Trio

    Trouble Trouble

  • Theon Cross Trio

    Medley

  • Tom Green Septet

    Sticks And Stones

  • Ohad Talmor & The Euroradio Jazz Orchestra

    The Diokan Suite (Excerpt)

Theon Cross

Picture Credit: Emile Holba / EFG London Jazz Festival

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