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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.

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1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Sat 10 Aug 2019 17:00


Music Played

  • SEED Ensemble & Xana


    • Driftglass.
    • Jazz::refreshed.
  • Makaya McCraven

    Black Lion

    • Live from the 2018 Mondriaan Jazz Festival.
  • Sam Rivers


    • Fuschia Swing Song.
    • Blue Note.
  • Brandee Younger

    Respected Destroyer

    • Soul Awakening.
  • Laura Jurd

    Stepping Back

    • Stepping Back, Jumping In.
    • Edition.
  • Makaya McCraven

    The Jaunt

    • Live from the Mondriaan Jazz Festival.
  • Monty Alexander

    Carnival in Jamaica

    • Perception!.
    • MPS Records.
  • Monty Alexander's Inspirations

    • Sugar Belly & Count Lasher

      Island Gal Sally

    • Eddie Heywood

      Soft Summer Breeze

      • Confusion For Nothing.
    • The Ahmad Jamal Trio


      • Complete Live At The Perishing Lounge.
    • Louis Armstrong

      High Society Calypso

      • High Society - OST.
  • Makaya McCraven & Brandee Younger



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