(Booking in North America)
“Jazz Is Dance Music Again.” - Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone
“The jazz drummer and producer’s hypnotic double album is culled from a year’s worth of gig tapes that he’s layered and spliced together into something wholly new and radically communal.” - Nate Chinen, Pitchfork
- “Universal Beings” chosen for ‘Best Jazz Albums of 2018’ lists by: THE NEW YORK TIMES, ROLLING STONE, BILLBOARD, NPR, STEREOGUM (#1), NEXTBOP (#1), LA TIMES (#2), NOISEY, KMHD, TREBLE ZINE, EXCLAIM, THE GUARDIAN, NATE CHINEN, SFJAZZ, WALL STREET JOURNAL, and more.
May 25, 2019: ATLANTA, GA, USA / Atlanta Jazz Festival
Jun 01, 2019: CHICAGO, IL, USA / Do Division
Jun 03, 2019: BURLINGTON, VT, USA / Discover Jazz Festival
Jun 04, 2019: HOLYOKE, MA, USA / Gateway City
Jun 05, 2019: PORTLAND, OR, USA / Halo
Jun 15, 2019: MADISON, WI, USA / Isthmus Jazz Festival
Jun 20, 2019: PITTSBURGH, PA, USA / Pittsburgh Jazz Festival
Jun 22, 2019: TORONTO, ON / Toronto Jazz Festival
Jun 23, 2019: WINNIPEG, MB / Winnipeg Jazz Festival
Jun 24-25, 2019: SASKATOON, SK / Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
Jun 26, 2019: VANCOUVER, BC / Vancouver Jazz Festival
June 27, 2019: VICTORIA, BC / Victori Jazz Festival
June 28, 2019: TBA
June 30, 2019: MONTREAL, QB / Montreal Jazz Festival
Aug 1-2, 2019: PORTLAND, OR, USA / TBA
Aug 3, 2019: NEWPORT, RI, USA / TBA
Aug 16, 2019: BROOKLYN, NY, USA / TBA
Aug 17, 2019: DETROIT, MI, USA / TBA
Aug 23, 2019: PORTLAND, OR, USA / TBA
Aug 24-25, 2019: PORT TOWNSEND, WA, USA / TBA
Sept 20-21, 2019: DURHAM, NC, USA / TBA
Oct 03, 2019: TBA
Oct 04, 2019: WILMINGTON, DE, USA / TBA
Oct 05, 2019: PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA / TBA
Oct 06, 2019: BALTIMORE, MD, USA / TBA
Oct 10, 2019: AMHERST, MA, USA / TBA
Oct 18, 2019: MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA / TBA
Jan 31, 2020: CHICAGO, IL, USA / TBA
Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The bleeding edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive, cinematic style defy categorization.
French-born but raised in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by expatriate musician parents, McCraven studied Jazz at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the mentorship of jazz luminaries Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, and Yusef Lateef, and eventually went on to develop his chops in Chicago’s burgeoning scene.
His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co. (IARC) in 2015 and received widespread acclaim, proving to be a dramatic statement by McCraven that quickly launched him into the vanguard of not only Internationally-known jazz artists, but also a niche genre of next-wave composer-producers blurring the boundaries of jazz & electronic music.
His recent releases, the DJ-style mixtape Highly Rare (IARC, 2017) as well as an internationally recorded Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape) (IARC, 2018) have been well received globally, leading to increased bookings in some of the world’s best clubs, theaters, and festivals alongside the likes of Corey Wilkes, Bobby (Baabe) Irving (Miles Davis), Ari Brown, and Bernie Worrell.
McCraven is currently on tour and most recently released Universal Beings, a 2xLP album featuring an A-list of “new” jazz players from New York, Chicago, London & Los Angeles.