Makaya McCraven + Nubya Garcia + guests

LONDON EartH, Hackney Arts Centre
11-17 Stoke Newington Road
N16 8BH


The EFG London Jazz Festival brings together a double headliner featuring two of the most seminal artists to emerge from the thriving jazz scenes in Chicago and London in recent years:

Drummer and beat scientist Makaya McCraven, one of the key new figures in the Chicago jazz scene, whose genre-bending compositions also draw from his collaborations with hip-hop, African dance, indie rock, and Hungarian folk artists. His performance will come on the back of the release of his latest album Universal Beings, which comes out later this year via International Anthem. 

Saxophonist Nubya Garcia, undoubtedly one of the leading forces in the new wave of British afro-tinged jazz having taken the world by storm this year with her When We Are EP and appearances at Dimensions, Field Day, Winter Jazzfest amongst other festivals. 

This marks the two artists’ only headline shows in London before the end of the year, and after each performing full sets with their own ridiculously talented bands they will also be joined by some very special guest artists for a series of one-off collaborations.

Following 2017’s Chicago X London weekender at Total Refreshment Centre (co-presented by International Anthem & Tina Edwards' EZH Mag), this year’s event takes the concept to the next level in the incredible new Hackney Arts Centre venue – a converted old Turkish ballroom and cinema that has been newly transformed into one of London's most captivating new venues – and also serves to celebrate the physical release of Where We Come From – the Chicago X London Mixtape featuring Makaya McCraven and a who’s who of London’s jazz scene being released via International Anthem & Total Refreshment Records.

We believe that 2018 will be looked back on as a year when a new generation of jazz artists like Makaya and Nubya crossed a threshold into becoming some of the most important musicians of their generation. Chicago X London brings them and more under one roof.

We look forward to sharing more details and announcements for this very special show in the coming months…

Presented by Serious, International Anthem, and Total Refreshment Centre

"Garcia produces jazz-funk that's imminently listenable"

(Rolling Stone)

Awesome double bill. Lots of people talking about Makaya's new album "Universal Being". This innovative drummer is always superb live.

(Jeff Young at Jazz FM)