Makaya McCraven | SFJAZZ
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Paris-born, Chicago-based drummer Makaya McCraven has powerful grooves and a passion for deep-water musical exploration in his blood. The son of free jazz luminary Stephen McCraven (Yusef Lateef, Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp), the younger McCraven has assimilated the seemingly disparate, yet inextricably tied, influences of post-Coltrane jazz and hip-hop’s most experimental fringes to create a unique multi-dimensional approach – a sonic signature that marries live performances with electronic manipulation and looping into a gritty, uncompromising, and seamless whole. McCraven’s visionary style, incorporating the virtuosic interplay of vibraphonist Justin Thomas, bassists Junius Paul, Joshua Abrams, and Matt Ulery, trumpeter Marquis Hill, saxophonists De’Sean Jones and Tony Barba, and guitarist Jeff Parker, is fully realized on his critically-lauded International Anthem album In The Moment; a release that made Top 10 lists in DownBeat and PopMatters, as well as Album of the Week kudos from BBC Radio tastemaker Gilles Peterson and Billboard’s list Hear Now: 5 New Jazz Albums You Need to Check Out. Aptly described as a “beat scientist” more than a drummer, McCraven is a maverick musician and composer helping define what jazz means now.
Makaya McCraven drums, percussion
Matt Gold guitar
Rob Clearfield keyboards
Joshua Ramos bass