Makaya McCraven / Theon Cross
October 25 @ 8:30 pm
Tuesday, October 25
Tickets available through Nectar Lounge
“Beat scientist.” “Bleeding-edge drummer.” “Sonic collagist” of “organic beat music.” Those are some attempts at capturing the intuitive, cinematic styles of the longtime Chicago resident Makaya McCraven. After studies with the likes of Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef, McCraven launched into the vanguard as a next-gen pioneer in exploring jazz’s frontiers with electronic music. For his intuitive, cinematic style, the longtime Chicago leader enlists two other heavy hitters, Jeff Parker (guitar) and Junius Paul (bass).
Also on the bill, Theon Cross, the tuba player with the London group Sons of Kemet, performing with electronics and samples. Cross, working with stars like McCraven and Courtney Pine (as well as popular artists like Jon Batiste, Emeli Sandé, and Kano) “is bringing tuba back to jazz’s center,” Rolling Stone proclaimed.
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Makaya McCraven photo by Michael McDermott