Makaya McCraven

Makaya McCraven

Since moving to Chicago in 2006 from his Massachusetts home, McCraven has embedded himself into the busy local scene, quickly establishing himself as one of the city's first-call sidemen, thanks to his innate musicality, ceaseless invention, "unmistakable versatility" (in the words of one critic). He had a banner year in 2012, highlighted by his featured performance in the "Made In Chicago" series at the prestigious Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park; by his emergence as the regular drummer in the trio led by guitar great Bobby Broom; and by the release of his trio album Split Decision.

McCraven has toured nationally and internationally, and has appeared on many records as a collaborator with artists from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, gaining accolades and awards from the press, music lovers, and musicians. A young veteran who has spent years developing his artistry, working with jazz legends as well as hip-hop pioneers, McCraven now ushers in a new era of jazz with his peers, bringing new sound to venerated traditions.

With the Makaya McCraven Trio, the future is now.


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