Makaya McCraven is one of Chicago’s most versatile and in-demand drummers. At Le Guess Who? 2019, McCraven, together with his stellar live band, gave a wonderfully free-spirited performance. As debut of the show, the group played the brand new song 'In These Times', which you can view below.
Want to hear more? You can also listen to the entire show via Jazzwise, who premiered the recordings. Listen + watch more Le Guess Who? recordings via our archive.
Makaya McCraven moves between genres like jazz, hip-hop and funk at lightning speed. Unquestionably respected as a jazz artist, he believes that a receptiveness to other styles is what truly makes a good jazz player. Ceaselessly inventive and productive, McCraven worked with an impressive array of world class musicians, including Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Bernie Worrell, Soulive, Charles Neville, Marcus Strickland, and Shabaka Hutchings.
Makaya McCraven – drums
Junius Paul – bass
Greg Spero – piano
Marquis Hill – trumpet
Irvin Pierce – saxophone
Captured on Saturday, 9 November 2019, at TivoliVredenburg's Grote Zaal during Le Guess Who? 2019.
Video direction: Nick Helderman.
Camera: Wim Adam, Roy Jamhouri, Hugo Jouxtel, Tim van der Voort.
Montage: Margarita Kouvatsou.
Sound recording and mix by Marc Broer & Martijn van Waveren.