Xavier Breaker & the Coalition
Saturday, September 23
Born and raised in South Carolina, XAVIER BREAKER has been playing drums since the age of five. He began composing as well while studying jazz at Northern Illinois University. Xavier has played with some of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Corey Wilkes, Kahil El’Zabar, Dee Alexander, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chicago Yestet, and Sidewalk Chalk. In addition, he has performed with the likes of Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, Howard Hewitt, Lalah Hathaway, Ernie Watts, Joey DeFrancesco, Bob Mintzer, Brad Leali, and Jonathan Scales. In 2013, he formed the Xavier Breaker Coalition, which has opened for groups like Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express and HBC (Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, Dennis Chambers) and has played in many festivals including the Chicago Jazz Festival. They released their first album, Dreamology, in 2015. Performing with Xavier are RAJIV HALIM on saxophone, MATT GOLD guitar, MARCIN FAHMY on keys, and JEREMIAH HUNT on bass.