Makaya McCraven and Monty Alexander
Chicagoan drummer Makaya McCraven live in concert with his group, Universal Beings. And Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander on the music that inspires him.
Drummer Makaya McCraven performs live in concert with his group, Universal Beings. McCraven is one of the leading lights of the Chicago jazz scene, known for his meticulously crafted albums and freewheeling live shows that make audiences feel like they’re listening to an intimate jam session. The lineup of Universal Beings is fluid. This incarnation includes harpist Brandee Younger, violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and British saxophonist Soweto Kinch.
Also in the programme, Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander shares tracks that have influenced and inspired him – including a Jamaican mento classic and music by his childhood hero, Louis Armstrong. And presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.
Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin’ Else.