Tubaist Theon Cross began playing with the international jazz band Sons of Kemet when he was just 19-years-old. Now, after 11 years, he’s destined to forge his own path to greatness. KMHD caught up with Cross during his time at Pickathon 2022 to discuss his journey up until now, what he feels his music transmits to the masses and how it’s time to put some respect on the tuba’s name and importance.

Listen to the October Arts preview with Donald Orr featuring Cross above and check out the video of Cross from Pickathon below.


Cross will be in Portland Wednesday Oct. 26 at the Jack London Review.