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Makaya McCraven drummer, composer and producer

Makaya McCraven, SPLIT DECISION

Makaya McCraven -][- SLIT DECISION –Mp3– [Chicago Sessions Ltd., 2012]

Born in Paris October 19th 1983, to drummer Stephen McCraven and Hungarian folk singer Agnes Zsigmondi, Makaya McCraven has internationally toured, performed and recorded with jazz greats such as Bobby Broom, Archie Shepp and Charles Neville. In high school, Makaya was co-founder of the band Cold Duck Complex. They released 3 records and toured throughout the Northeast, opening for major national acts and gaining a loyal fan base. Cold Duck Complex became a campus favorite at the the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where they opened for 50 Cent, Rhazel and Reel Big Fish. As a music major at the University, Makaya played in the University Jazz Orchestra and earned 3 Downbeat student awards.

Currently Makaya resides in Chicago and has cracked the upper echelon of the music scene. He has performed at some of Chicago’s finest venues and festivals, including Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, the Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Green Mill, Andy’s, the Jazz Showcase, and the Velvet Lounge. Rooted in Chicago, Makaya travels between the Midwest and East Coast. He is the Musical Director of the Pushkin, an arts collective in Greenfield, Massachusetts where he is known for throwing cultural events and recording albums with a variety of musicians.

Makaya has contributed to a number of recordings with artists representing a spectrum of styles: Apollo Sunshine’s “Shall Noise Upon,” (Headless Heroes); Kris Delmhort’s “Shotgun Singer,” (Signature Sounds); Grammy nominated Seth Glier’s “The Next Right Thing”, and others. Makaya’s background, coupled with his love for real hip hop, rock, and any other forward-thinking music that comes his way, makes for a dynamic instrumental fusion that is undeniable to the listener. Makaya is a true improviser who, with each performance, creates a new live music experience. -[Album Notes | CDBaby]-

Makaya McCraven – drums;
Andrew Toombs – piano;
Tim Seisser – bass

Recorded 8/14 & 11/15/2011

Produced by Nick Eipers and Makaya McCraven. Engineered by Nick Eipers

Slit Decision is also available @ Amazon.com

::: SOURCE: CDBaby.com :::

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