Singer. Songwriter. Poet. Novelist. Theo Czuk has a way with words and will be bringing his critically acclaimed talent to Oakland.
Czuk cut his teeth in Detroit dive bars, playing with gospel R&B and rock ‘n’ roll groups. He is a multiple instrumentalist, professionally playing the guitar, piano, bass and saxophone. He considers himself a blue-collar songsmith, sharing songs of love, hope and survival.
His wide-ranging experience are reflected in all three of his CDs, “Collage” (2001), “The Gamut” (2003) and “Too Many Shadows” (2013).
Czuk has published a full-length Western novel, “Heart-Scarred,” which won the 2014 Laramie Award for Best Literary Western. He also has two poetry chapbooks, which capture the wonders of travel through the eyes of a poet.
In conjunction with his musical performances, author signings and poetry readings, Czuk also presents a traveling presentation that he calls “Around the World of Words.”
Czuk’s latest project, called “The Black Bottom,” is a new CD and novel about jazz. They were written in tandem and are meant to complement each other. The 12-song CD covers a gamut of jazz genres, including fusion, be-bop, west coast cool and swing. The novel is a psychological thriller set in the roaring ‘20s.
Czuk will be performing at Triple Oak Wine Vault at 137 Locust, Oakland, on Friday, Sept. 14. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6 p.m. for wine and appetizers and the performance begins at 7 p.m.