Stephen McCraven

Stephen McCraven joue de la batterie depuis l’âge de 8 ans et commence ses études de musique à l’âge de 10 ans sous la direction de Mr Stavris. À 14 ans, il joue dans un ensemble de jazz et à 17 est selectionné et décoré du Award « who is who? » of all American High School Students (Smithsonian Institute Museum in Wash- ington DC) pour son implication dans l’orchestre de l’école, mais aussi dans le “marching band”. Il étudie ensuite à Berklee College of Music avec Archie Shepp, Alan Dawson, Joe Hunt et à l’université du Massa- chusetts avec Max Roach et par ailleurs avec Steve McCall, Philly Jo Jones, George Brown (Wes Montgom- ery et Sonny Rollins). Stephen McCraven est depuis 20 ans le batteur d’Archie Shepp et a joué aux côtés de Sam Rivers pendant 10 ans. Il a également joué avec : Marion Brown, Yusef Lateef, Mal Waldron, Harold Ashby, Freddie Hubbard, David Murray, Charles Tolliver, David « Feathead » Newman, Sugar Blue, Horace Parlan, Calvin Newborn, Michael Gregory, James Moody, Pee Wee Ellis, Benny Golson, Arthur Blythe, Eric Lelann, Michel Graillier, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin (Last Poets), Chuck D (Public Ennemy). Stephen McCraven has been playing the drums since the age of eight and began his music studies at ten years of age under the direction of Mr. Stavris. At fourteen, he was playing in a jazz ensemble, and was selected to compete, at the age of seventeen, and won the “Who is Who?” of American high school students (Smithsonian Institute Museum, Washington, D.C.) for the role he played in the school marching band. Later, he studied at the Berklee School of Music with Archie Shepp, Alan Dawson, Joe Hunt, and at the University of Massachusetts with Max Roach, as well as Steve McCall, Philly Jo Jones, George Brown, Wes Montgomery and Sonny Rollins. Stephen McCraven has been Archie Shepp’s drummer for the last twenty years and played next to Sam Rivers for ten years. He has played as well with: David Murray, Marion Brown, Yusef Lateef, Mal Waldron, Harold Ashby, Freddy Hubbard, Hank Crawford, Charles Tolliver, David “Featherhead” Newman, Sugar Blue, Horace Palan, Calvin Newborn, Michael Gregory, James Moody, Pee Wee Ellis, Benny Golson, Arthur Blythe, Eric Lelann, Michel Graillier, Jalal (Last Poets), Chuck D. (Public Enemy)…