Makaya McCraven

Summer Jazz at the Harris

This performance takes place on the Harris Theater’s Elizabeth Morse Genius Stage and is presented in partnership with Chicago Jazz Festival.

In a new era of genre-bending music, Makaya McCraven pushes the boundaries of sound and rhythm to create categories of his own. Called “a sound visionary” ( who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (, McCraven is a beat scientist. Makaya McCraven layers his extensive experience with hip hop bands, African dance bands, Hungarian folk music, and indie rock on top of a deep history of “straight ahead” jazz, improvisation, and the avantgarde with beats, sampling, and electronics as a form of unique self-expression.

Makaya McCraven – drums
Junius Paul – bass
Greg Ward – sax
Matt Gold – guitar

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