About the event
Makaya McCraven is an accomplished jazz composer and drummer. Born in Paris, he developed his unique hybrid of jazz and hip-hop at UMass Amherst before moving to Chicago and embedding himself in the local music scene, releasing several critically acclaimed albums and touring his genre-defying music around the world. For his 2018 album Universal Beings, McCraven worked in Chicago, London, New York and Los Angeles to record jam sessions with musicians from each locale. He then pieced together portions of each session to create a collection of brilliantly smooth and sometimes muted suites that erase any division between jazz and hip-hop.
At the Paul Robeson Theatre inside Chicago’s historic South Shore Cultural Center, McCraven will take the stage with a 10-piece ensemble featuring players from the Universal Beings sessions. Amongst them are Brainfeeder’s renowned multi-instrumentalist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, who will be writing the arrangements for this performance, as well as Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and harpist Brandee Younger. Performing together for the first time, McCraven and his diverse ensemble will showcase music's enduring universality.