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      Drummer Makaya McCraven is one of Chicago's most in-demand drummers
      Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven brings together "future-is-now drumming” with his roots in jazz and world music tradition to form his unique and powerful sound. Regarded as “one of Chicago’s most versatile and in demand drummers” (Chicago Reader) and described by Downbeat Magazine as “excep... read more

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      Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven brings together "future-is-now drumming” with his roots in jazz and world music tradition to form his unique and powerful sound. Regarded as “one of Chicago’s most versatile and in demand drummers” (Chicago Reader) and described by Downbeat Magazine as “exceptional on the drums,” Makaya McCraven moves between genres at lightning speed.

      Makaya has been called “one of the hardest drummers on the live music circuit.” (revivalist.okayplayer.com) He has worked with a wide array of world class musicians such as Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Bernie Worrell, Soulive, Samba Mapangala, Charles Neville, Fareed Haque, Tony Monaco, Willie Pickens, Linonel Louke, and Bobby Broom.

      Makaya has toured nationally and internationally, recently concluding his part of a 52 city national tour opening for Steely Dan with The Bobby Broom Organi-Sation. His work with Bobby Broom as part of the Bobby Broom Trio (BBT) yielded "My Shining Hour" which soared to #5, rose to #3, and has been on the top ten of the JazzWeek charts for six of its first eight weeks. He played the Chicago Jazz Festival with the BBT in 2014, and has played at the Detroit Jazz Fest, Elb Jazz Fest (Germany), Winter Jazz Fest (NYC) Porgy and Bess (Vienna), the Blue Note in New York City, the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, and Fasching, Stockholm to name a few. He has also recorded extensively across genres.

      His first record as a leader, "Split Decision" (Chicago Sessions, 2012), and leading a 13 piece all-star band for featured performance at Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park, McCraven quickly established Makaya as one of the leading voices on the Chicago Music Scene. His forthcoming release, “In the Moment” (International Anthem Records) forgets new routes in creative music, incorporating elements of electronic and improvised music is due to be released soon. Makaya is a true improviser who, with each performance, creates a new live music experience.

      Born in Paris in 1983 to drummer Stephen McCraven and Hungarian folk singer Agnes Zsigmondi, Makaya’s wide ranging influences include hip hop and funk, which inform his unique, exciting approach to music. Unquestionably respected as a jazz artist, Makaya also “sees no need to suppress his hip hop chops or rock spirit in an effort to fit in and be dubbed a jazz drummer” (AllAboutJazz.com).

      Makaya is also an educator who endorses Vic Firth Sticks. His background, experience, and vision makes for a dynamic instrumentalist whose talent is undeniable to the listener.

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