By Lara Mondae

Last December on a rainy afternoon I attended an “Intentional Anthem” record promotions in-store event at the Logan Hardware Records (2532 W. Fulleton Ave.).  I walked in on Chicago’s Makaya McCraven playing a drum kit between racks of records. He has such a wild yet pleasant style and sound, you just couldn’t take your eyes off of him. The event showcased International Anthem’s sophistically designed and packaged records, tapes and cd’s. Also featured performances by Chicago jazz musicians Rob Jacobs, Makaya McCraven and Nick Mazzarella.

Photo by Lara Mondae/WXRT

Photo of Makaya McCraven at Logan Hardware Records by Lara Mondae/WXRT

For video from this moment go to my Facebook page and look in the video section.

Makaya’s latest album “In the Moment” (check out the Delux Edition) has current residency on my turn table. A recording that holds up a handful of Chicago’s most talented and progressive musicians in Chicago current Jazz scene: Marquis Hill (trumpet) Jeff Parker (guitar), Junius Paul (basses), Justin Thomas (Vibes), Matt Ulery (basses) De’Sean jones (tenor Sax), Tony Barba (tenor sax, electronics). According to a Billboard article that came out in April “The project was culled from 48 hours of live recordings, all done over a 28-set residency at Chicago’s The Bedford”. The article  “Hear Now: 5 New Jazz Albums You Need to Check Out” can be found here.

The entire “International Antheym” catalogue  the can be found at McCraven’s Bandcamp page.  I also give a shout out to the record “Arrebato” by Ahleuchatistas on the site.

Photo by Lara Mondae/WXRT

Photo by Lara Mondae/WXRT

Photo of Logan Hardware records by Lara Mondae/WXRT

Photo of Logan Hardware records by Lara Mondae/WXRT

Makaya recently finished his spring European tour through the U.K., Belgium and the Netherlands and performances at the Winter Jazz Fest in New York City. You can see the Paris-born jazz drummer perform this summer at the MCA or at Millenium Park see dates below:

Lee Fields & The Expressions + Makaya McCraven
June 9th at Millenium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion

Four more festive Chicago dates:

June 10th @ the CSO w/The Marquis Hill Blacktet opening for Gregory Porter

June 24 & 25th @ the Green Mill w/Marquis Hill Blacktet

June 27th California Clipper w/Marquis Hill Blacktet

June 28th @ the MCA w/Marquis Hill Blacktet

Makaya McCraven – Three Fifths a Man w/ Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Junis Paul, Justin Thomas


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