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Makaya McCraven

07 / 07 / 2019
Makaya McCraven

Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven brings together "future-is-now drumming” with his roots in jazz and world music to form his unique and powerful sound. Regarded as one of Chicago’s most versatile and in demand drummers, Makaya McCraven is a true improviser who moves between genres at a lightning speed. 

Makaya’s wide ranging influences include hip hop and funk, which inform his unique and exciting approach to music and has seen him work with an array of world class musicians including Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Bernie Worrell, Soulive, Charles Neville, Marcus Strickland, Lionel Louke, and Bobby Broom. Unquestionably respected as a jazz artist, he sees no need to suppress his hip hop chops or rock spirit in an effort to fit in and be dubbed a jazz drummer.

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