• Aaron Diehl
  • Billy Childs
  • Brian Bromberg
  • Cameron Graves
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Christian McBride
  • Christian Sands
  • Cyrille Aimée
  • Danilo Pérez
  • Dominick Farinacci
  • Freda Payne
  • Harold López-Nussa
  • Herlin Riley
  • Jimmy Greene
  • Joey DeFrancesco
  • John Beasley
  • Kenny Garrett
  • Kevin Eubanks
  • Mack Avenue Superband
  • Rodney Whitaker
  • Sean Jones
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Warren Wolf
  • Yellowjackets

Mack Avenue Records, Inc., was formed in 1999 by Detroit businesswoman Gretchen Valade and businessman Tom Robinson. The label has released recordings by six-time Grammy nominee Gerald Wilson, Oscar Castro Neves, pianist George Shearing and the drum and bass duo of Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker as well as relative newcomers Hot Club of Detroit, Ron Blake, Sean Jones, Tia Fuller and vocalist Sachal Vasandani.

In 2008, Mack Avenue acquired two smooth jazz record labels. Mack Avenue acquired the Los Angeles-based Artistry Music Group, a Contemporary Jazz and Adult R&B imprint founded by trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot; adding acclaimed artists Rahsaan Patterson, Brian Bromberg and Alan Broadbent, to Mack Avenue’s established traditional jazz brand.

Shortly after, Mack Avenue added Rendezvous Entertainment (founded by saxophonist Dave Koz), welcoming bassist Wayman Tisdale (who put out three albums on Rendezvous before his tragic passing in 2009), keyboardist Brian Simpson, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler to the Mack Avenue family of artists.

Other major 2008 additions to the Mack Avenue Records roster include acclaimed guitarist Stanley Jordan, Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett and bassist Christian McBride (all of whom made their label debut in 2008 and 2009).

In 2009, Mack Avenue announced the addition of Grammy Award winning pianist, Danilo Perez. He released a Grammy-nominated album, entitled “Providencia” in August 2010.
In September 2010, Mack Avenue announced two additions to their roster: guitarist/former Tonight Show band leader Kevin Eubanks – in his first project since his Tonight Show departure; and the celebrated Yellowjackets. Eubanks will release his debut on the label, Zen Food,on November 23. Yellowjackets will release their debut for the label in March of 2011.

In February 2011, Mack Avenue announced the addition of legend Gary Burton to their roster. He will release his debut project for the label on June 7 with The New Gary Burton Quartet (featuring Julian Lage, Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez).

While releasing albums on the traditional brand as well as the various smooth jazz imprints, Mack Avenue maintains an active release schedule on their imprint, Sly Dog Records. With projects on the imprint from blues guitarist Johnnie Bassett, Sly Dog was also gearing up to release an album from acclaimed singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin before his death in June 2009. The imprint released six titles by Rankin in November 2009: Mind-Dusters, Family, Like A Seed, Silver Morning, Inside, and The Kenny Rankin Album. Four albums have been re-mastered from the original masters with the Rankin family overseeing the project.

The company also continues to distribute the award-winning Los Angeles based progressive jazz label, Cryptogramophone Records.

Additionally, Mack Avenue Records is synonymous with its association to the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Mack Avenue founder Gretchen Valade created a new nonprofit foundation dedicated solely to producing the annual Labor Day weekend event, saving it from virtual collapse.

States Ms. Valade, “In terms of geographical jazz history, Detroit has always been one of the first cities mentioned. Founding a jazz label and later sustaining an important festival is my way of adding to the already vibrant and storied jazz tradition here in Detroit.”

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Aaron Diehl

Widely acknowledged as a modern master in the aftermath of his acclaimed 2012 Mack Avenue debut, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, 29-year-old pianist-composer Aaron Diehl ups the ante with the 2015 release Space Time Continuum. Diehl first documented his inclusive, across-the-timeline conception on the self-released late ʼ00s albums Live At Caramoor, …
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Billy Childs

Since his first recordings of the 1980s, Billy Childs has developed into one of the most distinctive and distinguished composers of our time. An accomplished symphonic writer, he has also amassed a career’s worth of jazz originals that can swing hard, dazzle with intricacy, touch you with direct simplicity, or …
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Brian Bromberg

World-renowned acoustic and electric bassist Brian Bromberg hasn’t released an album in the U.S. since 2012, a fact that might not have been cause for concern if you know that at one point he released three albums in one year. Every man deserves a break. However, once you realize that …
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Cameron Graves

The release of Kamasi Washington’s The Epic last year marked a seismic shift in the jazz landscape and the game-changing arrival of the genre-blurring Los Angeles collective West Coast Get Down. That evolution continues with the release of Planetary Prince, the debut album by visionary pianist, keyboardist, composer and WCGD …
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Cécile McLorin Salvant

Shortly before the release of Cécile McLorin Salvant’s debut Mack Avenue album WomanChild, critic Ben Ratliff made a bold prediction in the pages of the New York Times. McLorin Salvant, he claimed, “is still mostly unknown to jazz audiences”—then added: “though not for much longer.” McLorin Salvant has more than …
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Christian McBride

When Philadelphia-born bassist/bandleader Christian McBride arrived in New York in 1989 as a Juilliard student, he was the “Godchild of the Groove” with unlimited potential. Today, with over 300 recordings as a sideman and 11 critically-acclaimed albums as a leader, he now reigns supreme as the “Lord of the Lower …
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Christian Sands

With his debut Mack Avenue Records recording, REACH, singularly talented pianist and five-time Grammy® Award nominee Christian Sands is stretching into exciting progressive territory as he breaks new ground traversing from the straight-ahead zone into fresh-sounding music influenced by a range of styles, from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop beats to dirty blues with …
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Cyrille Aimée

Let’s Get Lost, Cyrille Aimée’s second album for Mack Avenue Records brings to light a different side of the radiant singer. After two years of dazzling audiences around the world with the joyful repertoire of It’s A Good Day, Aimée reflects on her musical and personal growth, telling us the story of a nascent love …
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Danilo Pérez

Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade have been three quarters of the extraordinary Wayne Shorter Quartet for more than a decade. Since, they’ve also continued their individual careers as leaders of their own projects and groups. Now, on Children of the Light, they step forward as a trio for …
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Dominick Farinacci

Dominick Farinacci is set to release his Mack Avenue Records debut, Short Stories – a compelling suite of music with a repertoire that spans genres and generations united by the trumpeter/composer’s soulful conception. Bringing together songs from Tom Waits, Horace Silver, Dianne Reeves and the Gipsy Kings as well as …
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Freda Payne

As iconic in 2014 for her timeless beauty and sex appeal as she is her artistic versatility as an all around entertainer, Ms. Freda Payne remains among music’s and show business’ brightest shining star survivors. When she is singing her heartbeat music – jazz – love, awe and yearning only …
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Harold López-Nussa

“El Viaje (The Journey),” the title track of Cuban pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa’s debut release on Mack Avenue Records, seems to sway gently like a boat in the water—as if readying for a voyage or returning to port after arrival—trumpet and voices whispering memories. This scene aptly describes López-Nussa’s …
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Herlin Riley

Since coming of age in the nurturing environment of a very musical family and a distinguished bloodline of drummers, New Orleans native Herlin Riley emerged from that most creative era of all things rhythmic in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, to enliven the ensembles of such influential and demanding improvisers as …
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Jimmy Greene

Jimmy Greene’s new release, Beautiful Life on Mack Avenue Records, is a celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, whose life was tragically taken, along with 19 other children and 6 educators, on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. “I want the …
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Joey DeFrancesco

When jazz aficionados think of Joey DeFrancesco – and they often do – they ponder his matchless talents as a modern-day avatar of the Hammond B3 organ and the Philadelphia history he shares with his principle instrument. Organ-based blues and jazz started in Philly and DeFrancesco is the first to tell …
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John Beasley

John Beasley has shared stages with some of the most important names in jazz during his three-decade career. From his days as a member of Freddie Hubbard’s quintet and one of Miles Davis’ last touring bands to his role as Music Director for Jazz Day galas for the Thelonious Monk …
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Kenny Garrett

More than any other artist in traditional jazz today, saxophonist/composer/arranger Kenny Garrett and his band are known to entice audiences to want to get up and groove. Be it in Spain where a man from Cameroon leaped up and broke out some African moves then was joined by a young …
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Kevin Eubanks

Since his 18-year tenure as guitarist and music director of TV’s The Tonight Show Band ended in 2010, Philadelphia-born guitarist, composer Kevin Eubanks has been on a creative roll. On East West Time Line, Eubanks explores the chemistry he maintains with musicians on both coasts. And once again, his distinctive fingerstyle approach to the instrument is in the service …
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Mack Avenue Superband

Since its rollicking debut at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival, the Mack Avenue SuperBand has become a tradition at the annual event, a gathering of label superstars that the Motor City can look forward to every Labor Day weekend. Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival – 2015  captures the fourth incarnation of the all-star ensemble, …
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Rodney Whitaker

When We Find Ourselves Alone is Rodney Whitaker’s 8th recording as a leader, showing that the 46- year-old son of Detroit hasn’t neglected to carve out time for creative development since leaving the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in 2003, with which he circled the globe, playing bass for 6 years. …
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Sean Jones

Celebrating his 10th anniversary with Mack Avenue Records, internationally acclaimed composer/trumpeter Sean Jones views his 7th album, im•pro•vise never before seen, as “a reintroduction of who I am.” Although he has clearly established himself as a formidable leader through recordings and live performances, this album reflects his “conscious decision to …
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Stanley Clarke

Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke considers his upcoming Mack Avenue Records release, The Stanley Clarke Band’s UP, to be the most energetic, rhythmic and upbeat album that he has ever done—and with more than 40 solo albums under his belt, that’s saying quite a lot. Clarke’s signature bass virtuosity and technical …
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Warren Wolf

For a follow-up to his superb sophomore release Wolfgang, rising star vibraphonist/composer Warren Wolf finds himself alongside some of the biggest names in modern jazz for Convergence, his stellar third outing on Mack Avenue Records. Along with bassist Christian McBride, the all-world rhythm section is rounded out by master drummer …
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Yellowjackets

An outgrowth of L.A. Express guitarist Robben Ford’s band founded in 1977, the Yellowjackets came to full buzzing flight four years later with its debut eponymous jazz-funk album, a salient introduction to a new-styled electric fusion of jazz and R&B—a modern take on Weather Report, if you will—for the post …
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Date Artist Venue
February 22, 2017 Warren Wolf
Northwestern State University
175 Sam Sibley Dr
Nachitoches, LA 71457
February 25, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)

The Bridge Jazz Festival w/ Maceo Parker & the Chronicles

Massry Center for the Arts at the College of Saint Rose
1002 Madison Ave
Albany, NY 122087:00
February 25, 2017 Jonh Beasley
(features John Beasley)

w/ the T.S. Monk Sextet

Portland Jazz Festival
1300 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 972147:00
March 3, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl

Center Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL 600778:00
March 4, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ the Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Folly Theater
300 West 12th St
Kansas City, MO 641058:00
March 5, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl & Adam Birnbaum

Holland Performing Arts Center
13th & Douglas Streets
Omaha, NE 681027:00
March 7, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl

Campbell Hall at UCSB
University of California Santa Barbara, Mesa Rd
Santa Barbra, CA 931068:00
March 10, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 900128:00
March 11, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl & Adam Birnbaum

Bing Concert Hall
327 Lasuen St
Stanford, CA 943057:30
March 14, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl

Mondavi Center
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 956168:00
March 16-19, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl

SFJAZZ Center
201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
March 17-18, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Catalina Jazz Club
6725 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
March 21, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
DazzleJazz
930 Lincoln S
Denver, CO 80203
March 24, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts
1000 East University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071
Laramie, Wyoming 82071
March 28, 2017 Sean Jones

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
141 Jersey Lane
Clemson, SC 296347:30
March 28, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
141 Jersey Lane
Clemson, SC 296347:30
March 29, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco

Jazz Organ Summit: Joey DeFrancesco & The People / Ike Stubblefield Trio

Sets: 5:30 & 8:30

Savannah Music Festival
10 E Broad St
Savannah, GA 31401
March 30, 2017 Kenny Garrett
Harrison Auditorium at North Carolina A&T State University
1601 E Market St
Greensboro, NC 274017:30
March 30, 2017 Sean Jones

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main St
Rockport, MA 019668:00
March 30, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main St
Rockport, MA 019668:00
April 1, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
The Tin Pan
8982 Quioccasin Rd
Richmond, VA 23229
April 1, 2017 Sean Jones

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Miller Theatre at columbia University
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 100278:00
April 1, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Miller Theatre at columbia University
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 100278:00
April 2, 2017 Sean Jones

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 191047:00
April 2, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Annenberg Center
3608 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 191047:00
April 5, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria
Karl Johans Gate 35,
0162 Oslo,
Norway
April 7, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Lac in Blue Festival - L'Arcadium
32 Boulevard du Fier,
74000 Annecy,
France
April 7, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd
Kenneth Square, PA 193488:00
April 8, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Moods
Schiffbaustrasse 6,
8005 Zurich,
Switzerland
April 8, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl

Wolf Trap
1645 Trap Rd
Vienna, VA 221828:00
April 9, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Teatr im. Juliusza Osterwy
Teatralna 9,
66-400 Gorzów Wielkopolski,
Poland
April 9, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Robin Hixon Theater
440 Bank St
Norfolk, VA 235107:00
April 11, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Jazz Club Q4
Bahnhofstrasse 19,
4310 Rheinfelden,
Switzerland
April 12-13, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Ronnie Scott's
47 Frith St,
Soho, London W1D 4HT, England
United Kingdom
April 13-16, 2017 Kenny Garrett

8:00 & 10:30pm Sets

Blue Note
131 W. 3rd St
New York, NY 100128:00
April 13, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Jefferson Center
541 Luck Ave
Roanoke, VA 240167:30
April 14, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Jazz Dock
Janáčkovo nábř. 2,
150 00 Praha 5-Smíchov,
Czech Republic
April 15, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Porgy & Bess
Riemergasse 11,
1010 Wien,
Austria
April 15, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Sullivan Fortner

Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 277058:00
April 20, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Sullivan Fortner

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Ave
New York, NY 100317:30
April 21, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Sullivan Fortner

NJPAC
1 Center St
Newark, NJ 071027:30
April 23, 2017 Christian McBride

w/ Esperanza Spalding

NJPAC
1 Center St
Newark, NJ 071023:00
April 26-29, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

7:30 & 9:30pm Sets

Jazz at the Bistro
3536 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 631037:30
April 29, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Sullivan Fortner

Staller Center for the Arts
Nicolls Rd
Stony Brook, NY 117948:00
May 4, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE
Grand Rapids, MI 495037:30
May 5, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective & Regina Carter

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 606048:00
May 6, 2017 Harold Lopez-Nussa
(features Harold López-Nussa)
Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 333148:00
May 9-11, 2017 Christian McBride

10:00 & 11:30am Sets

Kaufmann Concert Hall
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 1012810:00
May 10-13, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco

5/10: 7:30pm

5/11: 11am (Jazz Brunch) & 7:30pm

5/12-5/13: 7:30 & 9:30pm

 

Jazz at the Bistro
3536 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
May 19-20, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)

7:00 & 9:30pm Sets

Lincoln Center
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 100197:00
June 8-11, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco

8 & 10pm Sets

Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

Pianist Christian Sands Manifests New Experiences Stretching Into Progressive New Territory on Mack Avenue Records Debut, “REACH” – Available April 21

Pianist Christian Sands Manifests New Experiences  Stretching Into Progressive New Territory on   Mack Avenue Records Debut, REACH – Available April 21   Five-Time Grammy® Award Nominee is  Joined By Marcus Strickland, Gilad Hekselman,  Yasushi Nakamura, Marcus Baylor, Cristian Rivera  and Special Guest/Co-Producer Christian McBride    With his debut Mack Avenue Records recording, REACH, singularly talented pianist and five-time Grammy® Award …
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Guitarist Kevin Eubanks’ Unique Perspective on Musical Landscape of East and West Coasts Shines with New Mack Avenue Records Release

Guitarist Kevin Eubanks’ Unique Perspective on Musical Landscape of East and West Coasts  Shines with New Mack Avenue Records Release   East West Time Line, Available April 7, 2017       East Coast Band (Side A) Features:  Nicholas Payton, Orrin Evans, Dave Holland and Jeff “Tain” Watts   West Coast …
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Joey DeFrancesco & The People Make Mack Avenue Records Debut with First Ever Quartet Album, “Project Freedom” – Available March 10, 2017

Joey DeFrancesco & The People Make Mack Avenue Records Debut with First Ever Quartet Album, Project Freedom – Available March 10, 2017   Peerless Organist Reflects on Travels to Explore Differing Viewpoints and Search for Peace From a Global Perspective    “At 45, he has dominated the instrument and the field …
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Visionary Pianist & West Coast Get Down Founding Member Cameron Graves Debuts Defiant Genre-Blurring Full-Length Album “Planetary Prince” – Available February 24 on Mack Avenue Records

Visionary Pianist & West Coast Get Down Founding Member Cameron Graves Debuts Defiant Genre-Blurring Full-Length Album   Planetary Prince – Available February 24 on Mack Avenue Records   Psychotropic Eight Song Release Captures Seismic Shift in Jazz Featuring Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Ryan Porter and Ronald Bruner Jr.  The release of …
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Cameron Graves, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Childs Sign With Mack Avenue Records: Exclusive Billboard Announcement

Cameron Graves, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Childs Sign With Mack Avenue Records: Exclusive Billboard Announcement 12/12/2016 by Gail Mitchell Anna Webber Cameron Graves Christmas is starting early for Mack Avenue Records. The independent jazz label has added acclaimed artists Cameron Graves, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Childs to its roster. All three will …
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REACH

Christian Sands

Record Label: Mack Avenue
Release Date: 21st April, 2017

East West Time Line

Kevin Eubanks

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 7th April, 2017

Rebirth

Billy Childs

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 24th March, 2017

El Viaje

Harold Lopez-Nussa

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 9th September, 2016

presents MONK’estra, Volume 1

John Beasley

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 19th August, 2016

Celebrating Elvin Jones

Will Calhoun

Record Label: Motéma Music
Release Date: 19th August, 2016

Do Your Dance

Kenny Garrett

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 8th July, 2016

Short Stories

Dominick Farinacci

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 10th June, 2016

Convergence

Warren Wolf

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 10th June, 2016

Cohearance

Yellowjackets

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 22nd April, 2016

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