• 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

GRAMMY® Award-nominated saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Greene wrote and recorded an album three years ago that no parent should ever have to make—Beautiful Life celebrated the life of Ana Márquez-Greene, his 6-year-old daughter who was murdered along with 19 other children and six educators on December 14, 2012 at …
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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

The young jazz veteran trumpeter Sean Jones believes passionately in championing the creative arc of artists who are committed to their life journey. “I think the progression of the art form [jazz] comes with people being allowed to be themselves in their rawest form with no compromise,” he has noted …
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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
April 25, 2017 Christian McBride
Iron Horse
20 Center St
Northampton, MA 01060
April 26, 2017 Christian McBride
University of the Arts
211 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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 27, 2017 Christian McBride
Cliff Bell's
2030 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
April 27, 2017 Christian Sands
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019
April 28, 2017 Christian McBride
Xavier University
3800 Victory Pkwy
Cincinnati, OH 45207
April 29, 2017 Christian McBride
Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
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
April 30, 2017 Christian McBride
21c Museum Hotel Durham
111 Corcoran St
Durham, NC 27701
April 30, 2017 Christian Sands
International Jazz Day
458 Paseo de Martí
Havana 10600
Cuba
May 3-4, 2017 Christian McBride
Dazzle Jazz
930 Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203
May 4, 2017 Cameron Graves
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
May 4, 2017 Christian Sands
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA 02134
May 4, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE
Grand Rapids, MI 495037:30
May 5-6, 2017 Christian McBride
Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89106
May 5, 2017 Billy Childs
Regattabar
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
May 5-6, 2017 Christian Sands
The Side Door
85 Lyme St
Old Lyme, CT 06371
May 5, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective & Regina Carter

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 606048:00
May 6, 2017 Billy Childs
Vermont Jazz Center
72 Cotton Mill Hill
Brattleboro, VT 05301
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
92nd St Y
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, Ny 10128
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 13, 2017 Christian McBride
The Royal Conservatory
273 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6
Canada
May 13, 2017 Billy Childs
Princeton University
68 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ 08544
May 17, 2017 Cameron Graves
7th Street Entry
701 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
May 18, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St #2
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
May 18, 2017 Cameron Graves
Colectivo on Prospect
2211 N Prospect Ave
Milwaukee, WI 532202
May 19, 2017 Billy Childs
University of South Florida
3755 USF Holly Drive, MUS 101
Tampa, FL 33620
May 19, 2017 Cameron Graves
The Frequency
121 W Main St
Madison, WI 53703
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
May 20, 2017 Billy Childs
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281
May 20, 2017 Cameron Graves
Schubas
3159 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
May 21, 2017 Billy Childs
Douglas Beach House
307 Mirada Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
May 22, 2017 Cameron Graves
Adelaide Hall
250 Adelaide St W
Toronto, ON M5H 1X6
Canada
May 23, 2017 Billy Childs
Triple Door
216 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101
May 23, 2017 Cameron Graves
Higher Ground
1214 Williston Rd
South Burlington, VT 05403
May 24, 2017 Billy Childs
The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
May 24-27, 2017 Christian McBride
Jazz at the Bistro
3536 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
May 24, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Yoshi's
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607
May 25, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St #2
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
May 25, 2017 Cameron Graves
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Ave
Allston, MA 02134
May 26, 2017 Billy Childs
Moss Theater
3131 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
May 26, 2017 Cameron Graves
Rough Trad
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
May 26, 2017 Christian Sands
Dirty Dog Jazz Café
97 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
May 27, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Clark County Amphitheater
500 S Grand Central Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89155
May 27, 2017 Cameron Graves
Songbyrd
2477 18th St NW
Washington , DC 20009
May 28, 2017 Christian McBride
Village Vanguard
178 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
May 28, 2017 Cameron Graves
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
June 7, 2017 Christian Sands
Blues Alley
Blues Alley Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
June 8-11, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco

8 & 10pm Sets

Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
June 9-10, 2017 Christian Sands
Velvet Note
4075 Old Milton Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005
June 10, 2017 Christian McBride
Nova Southeastern University
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
June 14, 2017 Christian McBride
Riverside Hotel
W Chinden Blvd
Garden City, ID 83714
June 17, 2017 Christian McBride
Seattle Symphony
200 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
June 18, 2017 Christian McBride
Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave
Kirdland, WA 98033
June 24, 2017 Billy Childs
Rochester Jazz Festival
26 Gibbs St
Rochester, NY 14604
June 25, 2017 Billy Childs
Edmonton Jazz Festival
4 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 4X8
Canada
July 7, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Allegheny County South Park Amphitheater
100 Farmshow Dr
South Park Township, PA 15129
July 9, 2017 Christian Sands
Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Copenhagen
Denmark
July 15, 2017 Christian Sands
Caramoor Jazz Festival
149 Girdle Ridge Rd
Katonah, NY 10536
July 17, 2017 Christian Sands
Jazz in July
Amherst, MA 01002
July 22, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Jazz on the Dnieper
Monastyrsky Island
Ukraine
August 4, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Newport Jazz Festival
90 Fort Adams Dr
Newport, RI 02840
August 4, 2017 Christian Sands
Newport Jazz Festival
90 Fort Adams Dr
Newport, RI 02840
September 15, 2017 Christian Sands
Izzy Asper Jazz Series
300 Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1V1, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1V1
Canada
September 24, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Jazz Tent at Vail Square
Vail, CO 81658
October 12, 2017 Christian Sands
Bix Jazz Club
Leonhardspl. 28
Stuttgart 70182
Germany
October 13, 2017 Christian Sands
Jazzclub Unterfahrt München
Einsteinstraße 42
München 81675
Germany
October 14, 2017 Christian Sands
Ferrara Jazz Club
Via 167, Rampari di Belfiore
Ferrara 44121
Italy
October 17, 2017 Christian Sands
Magic Mirrors
Place de l\'Europe
Toulouse 31000
France
October 18, 2017 Christian Sands
Tourcoing Jazz Festival
100 Rue de Tournai
Tourcoing 59200
France
October 19-20, 2017 Christian Sands
Duc de Lombards
42 Rue des Lombards
Paris 75001
France
October 23, 2017 Christian Sands
Porgy & Bess Club
Riemergasse 11
Wien 1010
Austria

Available Now: Kevin Eubanks – “East West Time Line” on Mack Avenue Records

 Kevin Eubanks’ Unique Perspective on  Musical Landscape of East and West  Coasts Shines with New Release East West Time Line – Available Now on Mack Avenue Records   East Coast Band (Side A) Features:  Nicholas Payton, Orrin Evans, Dave Holland and Jeff “Tain” Watts   West Coast Band (Side B) Features:  Bill Pierce, Rene Camacho, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Mino Cinelu …
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Sean Jones – “Live from Jazz at the Bistro” Available May 26 on Mack Avenue Records

Sean Jones Embraces Raw Spark Generated  by Years of Exhilarating Performances  with Live from Jazz at the Bistro Trumpeter’s Eighth Album for  Mack Avenue Records, Available May 26 Stream Tracks – Live from Jazz at the Bistro The young jazz veteran trumpeter Sean Jones believes passionately in championing the creative arc of artists who …
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Available Now: Billy Childs – “Rebirth” on Mack Avenue Records

Available Today on Mack Avenue Records Billy Childs Reaffirms His Piano Mastery and Reconnects with Musical Beginnings on Rebirth   Album Assembles All-Star Ensemble Featuring Steve Wilson, Hans Glawischnig, Eric Harland, Alicia Olatuja, Claudia Acuña, Ido Meshulam, & Rogerio Boccato  “He’s showing his full hand here–chops, nuance, composing, arranging, and …
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Kevin Eubanks: Birdland NYC – April 11 through 15

MEDIA ALERT: Kevin Eubanks to Celebrate  Release of East West Time Line Tuesday, April 11 – Saturday, April 15 at Birdland in  New York City with Performances at 8:30pm & 11PM Performances Featuring Nicholas Payton,  Dave Holland, and Jeff “Tain” Watts  Birdland  315 W. 44 St.   New York, NY 10036 Phone: 212-581-3080 Web: BirdlandJazz.com   Stream Tracks from East West …
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Pianist Christian Sands Celebrates Release of “REACH” – Thursday, March 30 at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill and Jazz in Los Angeles

MEDIA ALERT Pianist Christian Sands Celebrates Release of REACH – Thursday, March 30 at  Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill and Jazz in Los Angeles       Christian Sands / piano Yasushi Nakamura / bass Jerome Jennings / drums Thursday, March 30  Performance @ 8:00pm Herb Alpert’s Vibrato  Grill and Jazz 2930 Beverly …
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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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