Makaya McCraven

LONDON Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch


One of the highlights of last year’s festival, a regular of the best jazz albums of 2018 lists with his latest release Universal Beings, and the Jazz FM Awards nominee for the same category, as well as the Live Experience of the Year, Makaya McCraven is back to shake London once again, this time in Village Underground.

From his breakthrough album In the Moment (International Anthem) to his live recording experiments such as Where We Come From, the CHICAGOxLONDON showcase with leading UK-based musicians including Joe Armon-Jones, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Soweto Kinch, and Kamaal Williams, drummer/producer Makaya McCraven brings together "future-is-now drumming” with his roots in jazz and world music to form his unique and powerful sound.

A true improviser who with each performance creates a new live music experience, blurring the boundaries of jazz and electronic music, Makaya McCraven is yet to offer another phenomenal show.

London based trombonist and composer Rosie Turton will deliver a captivating opening set with her band blending the sounds of trombone, violin and electronics into a groovy musical texture fusing jazz, hip-hop and Indian classical music.  Expressing herself through a variety of different musical outlets, more recently known for composing and playing with septet Nérija (Domino Recording Co), and Sun Ra space influenced Where Pathways Meet.

In January Rosie released her debut album 'Rosie's 5ive' on the Jazz Re:Freshed label. Inspired from exploring the eclectic music scenes of London and New York to the Himalayas of India, it blends together the sound of trombone, violin and electronics over a bed of interlocking grooves and soundscapes.

  • ‘ A drummer and producer with an alchemist’s touch ’
  • ‘ The innovative drummer is always superb live. ’
    (Jazz FM's Jeff Young)