Feb 9, 2019 | 7:30 PM | Saturday
Returning from last year's Donuts show, Chris Turner is a classically trained crooner, a soul singer for the ages, with a classic sound that defies his years. Chris tours and records internationally with his own group as well as with Usher, The Roots, Ste
About The Show
Doors: 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm
Tickets on sale Friday 9/28 at 10am
The second annual performance of J Dilla's game-changing Donuts album. Charlie Coffeen (of Sidewalk Chalk) leads a 20+ piece orchestra in recreating and re-imagining the album from top-to-bottom featuring special guests Makaya McCraven, Braxton Cook, and Chris Turner. 100% of merchandise sales benefit the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation.
Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co. (IARC) in January of 2015 and quickly named “Album of the Week” on BBC 6 Radio by influential DJ Gilles Peterson. By the end of the year it was a “Best of 2015” selection for Los Angeles Times, Pop Matters, NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll, and Apple Music. In 2016, In The Moment was hailed by Turntable Lab as “one of the most important recordings to date in the modern Jazz world.” “While Teo Macero’s work with Miles [Davis] might seem the obvious reference point, In The Moment is closer in spirit to Madlib and J Dilla.” (WIRE Magazine)
In 2017, McCraven captured an inspired set of high-energy improvisation to 4-track tape, and used those recordings to post-produce and create his first DJ-style mixtape Highly Rare (IARC) that was lauded as one of the “Best Albums of 2017” by The New York Times, UK’s EZH Mag, and Gilles Peterson, in addition to highly favorable reviews by PASTE Magazine, Stereogum, and Pitchfork.
The latter end of McCraven’s 2017 was also highlighted by an October stint in London, where he headlined IARC’s ‘CHICAGOxLONDON’ showcase, and over the course of two nights improvised, performed & recorded with a handful of leading-edge UK-based musicians (including Joe Armon-Jones, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Soweto Kinch, and Kamaal Williams). The recordings from those shows made source material for another mixtape that McCraven would produce and release on IARC in June of 2018, called Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape). In the words of Will Schube, for his feature in Passion of the Weiss:
“While Where We Come From follows in the footsteps of McCraven’s previous releases, he moves far outside his Chicago circle on th