(Booking in North America)
NEW ALBUM “UNIVERSAL BEINGS” RELEASED OCTOBER 26TH, 2018 (INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM)
“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.
Nov 29, 2018: CHICAGO, IL, USA / Red Bull Music Presents: Makaya McCraven “Universal Beings” Album Release Show at South Shore Cultural Center
Dec 02, 2018: NEW YORK, NY, USA / Red Bull Music Presents: Makaya McCraven “Universal Beings” Album Release Show at Le Poisson Rouge
Dec 21, 2018: VENICE, CA, USA / Del Monte Speakeasy
Jan 11, 2019: NEW YORK, NY, USA / Winter Jazz Fest (The Bowery Ballroom 9pm — MORE INFO)
Jan 12, 2019: NEW YORK, NY, USA / Winter Jazz Fest (Beatles round robin at The Sheen Center 9:40pm — MORE INFO)
Jan 13, 2019: RALEIGH, NC, USA / RESONANCY at Neptune’s (Makaya Solo)
Feb 21-24, 2019: CHICAGO, IL, USA / Jazz Showcase
Mar 20, 2019: BLOOMINTON, IN, USA / TBA
Mar 21, 2019: LEXINGTON, KY, USA / TBA
Mar 23, 2019: KNOXVILLE, TN, USA / Big Ears Festival
Mar 24, 2019: NASHVILLE, TN, USA / TBA
Apr 04, 2019: MADISON,M WI, USA / TBA
Apr 05, 2019: MILWAUKEE, WI, USA / TBA
Apr 06, 2019: IOWA CITY, IA, USA / Mission Creek Festival
Apr 13, 2019: LOS ANGELES, CA, USA / Art Don’t Sleep at The Lodge
Apr 14, 2019: **BOOK NOW**
Apr 15, 2019: **BOOK NOW**
Apr 16-17, 2019, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA / TBA
Apr 18, 2019: PORTLAND, OR, USA / TBA
Apr 19, 2019: SEATTLE, WA, USA / TBA
Apr 20, 2019: DENVER, CO, USA / TBA
Apr 25, 2019: CHICAGO, IL, USA / TBA
Apr 27, 2019: MARFA, TX, USA / Marfa Myths Festival
May 25, 2019: ATLANTA, GA, USA / TBA
Jun 01, 2019: CHICAGO, IL, USA / TBA
Jun 20, 2019: PITTSBURGH, PA, USA / TBA
Jun 22, 2019: TORONTO, ON / TBA
Jun 23, 2019: WINNIPEG, MB / TBA
Jun 24-25, 2019: SASKATOON, SK / TBA
Jun 26, 2019: VANCOUVER, BC / TBA
June 27, 2019: VICTORIA, BC / TBA
Aug 1-2, 2019: PORTLAND, OR, USA / TBA
Aug 3, 2019: NEWPORT, RI, USA / TBA
Aug 24-25, 2019: PORT TOWNSEND, WA, 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.