"Theon Cross is bringing Tuba to Jazz's Center"
"Theon Cross crucially embraces the bass and rhythm role with exuberant inventiveness"
Theon Cross is an award-winning tuba player and composer. He is a key component of London’s thriving jazz scene and his unique style of playing has been described as ‘innovative’ and ‘reinventing the tuba’. His debut EP ‘Aspirations’ brought him international attention and garnered him a Jazz FM nomination for best Jazz Newcomer 2016. In 2019 he released his debut album ‘Fyah’ which was met with critical acclaim worldwide charting at no. 1 on the UK official Jazz & Blues charts, no.23 on the US Jazz Billboard and gained high praise from major global publications including Rolling Stone Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times, The Guardian and NPR leading him to tour extensively throughout Europe, North America and South America.
Born and raised in London Cross began his musical journey at the age of 8 where he began instrumental lessons at school on the tenor horn. In his mid-teens he switched to the tuba and attended several musical workshops in London including the Brazilian-Styled Carnival group Kinetika Bloco and the Tomorrow’s Warriors lead by Gary Crosby OBE. Within these workshops Cross was able to build up his well known stamina playing for hours in carnival processions such as Notting Hill Carnival whilst also learning how to improvise in various styles and genres. He went on to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama and post graduating has worked with an array of established artists including Jon Batiste, Emile Sande, Kano, Makaya McCraven Courtney Pine and significantly is a core member of the mercury nominated super group Sons of Kemet.
"A key figure in London's vital Jazz scence"