Friday, September 18, 2015

Makaya McCraven Quartet | Chicago Jazz Festival 2015

By TOM BOWSER


It was day 3 of the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival in the Jazz and Heritage Pavilion. This was the first time my wife and I had the opportunity to see Makaya McCraven's Quartet. We had seen Makaya as a member of the Marquis Hill Blacktet when they performed for the Chicago Sound Pallette III. Marquis Hill and the Blacktet gave a fantastic performance that night. My wife and I were both impressed with Makaya McCraven's precision and attention to detail as the drummer of the Blacktet.

Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser

Makaya McCraven's Quartet included two familiar and talented players from the Blacktet including trumpet player Marquis Hill (winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition) and Justin Thomas on vibes. Marguis Hill plays with an intensity that makes him one of my favorite trumpet players in the Chicago area. Justin Thomas was killin it even more than usual on the vibes during this show. Justin will be playing at the upcoming Hyde Park Jazz Festival on September 26th, 2015 here in Chicago.

Justin Thomas - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser Junious Paul - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser

The quartet also included bassist Junius Paul and guitarist Jeff Parker. The addition of Junius and Jeff added a different vibe to the groups sound from that of the Blacktet making it worthwhile to see both bands if you have the chance. My wife and I enjoyed the show!

Marquis Hill - Jeff Parker - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser Justin Thomas - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser
Makaya's drum solo toward the end of the show demonstrated why he is one of the top drummers in Chicago. Make time to see Makaya McCraven's quartet when you have the opportunity.

Junious Paul - Makaya McCraven - Jeff Parker - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser Justin Thomas - Marquis Hill - Junious Paul - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser


The Band:
Makaya McCraven - Drums
Marquis Hill - Trumpet
Jeff Parker - Guitar
Justin Thomas - Vibraphone
Junious Paul - Bass


Marquis Hill - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser Makaya McCraven - Junious Paul - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser


Junious Paul - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser Marquis Hill - Makaya McCraven Quartet - 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival | Photograph by Tom Bowser


The Chicago Jazz Festival is one of the largest, high quality, FREE jazz festivals in the United States. For a listing of other great free things to do while you visit Chicago go to InspiredChicago.com


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