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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
December 8, 2016 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE
Grand Rapids, MI 495037:30
December 10, 2016 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Folly Theater
300 West 12th St
Kansas City, MO 641058:00
December 10, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave
Summit, NJ 079017:00
December 16, 2016 Warren Wolf

Warren Wolf Quartet w/ special guest Antonio Hart

An Die Musik Live!
409 N. Charles St
Baltimore, MD 212019:30
December 17, 2016 Sean Jones

Sean Jones Quartet: Live at the Jazz Bistro

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 152228:00
December 23, 2016 Warren Wolf
(features Sean Jones)

Warren Wolf Quartet w/ special guest Sean Jones

8:00 & 9:30pm Sets

An Die Musik Live!
409 N. Charles St
Baltimore, MD 212018:00
December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ the Aaron Diehl Trio

7:30 & 9:30pm set times

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 100197:30PM
January 5, 2017 John Beasley

7:30 & 9:30pm Sets

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 100197:30
January 6-7, 2017 John Beasley

JEN Scholarship Concert

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave
New Orleans Ave, LA 701137:30
January 6, 2017 Warren Wolf
Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 1 St SW
Washington , DC 200245:oo
January 10-15, 2017 Christian McBride

8:30 & 10:30pm Sets

Village Vanguard
178 7th Ave S
New York, NY 100148:30
January 13, 2017 Sean Jones

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Virginia G. Piper Theater
7380 E. 2nd St
Sctossdale, AZ 852518:00
January 13, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

Virginia G. Piper Theater
7380 E. 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 852518:00
January 17-22, 2017 Christian McBride

8:30 & 10:30pm Sets

Village Vanguard
178 7th Ave S.
New York, NY 100148:30
January 18, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ SFJAZZ Collective

SFJAZZ Gala 2017
201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
January 25, 2017 Christian McBride

w/ Edgar Meyer

Vilar Performing Arts Center
68 Avondale Ln
Beaver Creek, CO 816207:30
January 26, 2017 Christian McBride

w/ Edgar Meyer

Newman Center
2344 East Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 802087:30
January 28-February 4, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
The Jazz Cruise
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
January 28-February 4, 2017 Jimmy Greense
(features Jimmy Greene)
The Jazz Cruise
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
February 3, 2017 Christian McBride

w/ Edgar Meyer

Cornell University
101 Lincoln Hall
Ithaca , NY 148538:00
February 3-5, 2017 Warren Wolf

w/ the Gerry Gibbs Sextet

7:30 & 9:30 Sets

Dizzy's CLub Coca Cola
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 100197:30
February 6, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
The Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
3201 Hull Rd
Gainseville, FL 326117:30
February 8, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Bucknell University
413 Market St
Lewisburg, PA 178377:30
February 10, 2017 Aaron Diehl
(features Warren Wolf)

Aaron Diehl Quartet w/ Warren Wolf

Hoyt Sherman Place
1501 Woodland Ave
Des Moines, IA 503147:30
February 11, 2017 Aaron Diehl
(features Warren Wolf)

Aaron Diehl Quartet w/ Warren Wolf

Montgomery County Community College
1313 Morris Rd
Blue Bell, PA 194228:00
February 11, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Blackrock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 208748:00
February 16, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St
Wilmington, DE 198018:00
February 16, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl

UMass Amherst
151 Presidents Dr
Amherst, MA 010037:30
February 17, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl & Adam Birnbaum

Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 021158:00
February 18, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Montgomery County Community College
1313 Morris Rd
Blue Bell, PA 194228:00
February 19, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Aaron Diehl, Cécile McLorin Salvant)

w/ Aaron Diehl

University of Michigan
603 E. Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 481044:00

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio Brings The Sounds of Cuba to Philadelphia with Album Release Performance at Chris’ Jazz Cafe – Saturday, October 15

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Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio Brings The Sounds of Cuba to Philadelphia with Album Release Performance at Chris’ Jazz Cafe – Saturday, October 15 Show In Support of Mack Avenue Records Debut El Viaje Harold Lopez-Nussa / piano Alune Wade / vocals, bass Ruy Lopez-Nussa / drums Saturday, October 15 Two Sets at  8:00pm & …
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Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio Brings the Sounds of Cuba to New York with Album Release Performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola – Tuesday, October 11

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Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio Brings the Sounds of Cuba to New York with Album Release Performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola – Tuesday, October 11 Show In Support of Mack Avenue Records Debut El Viaje Harold Lopez-Nussa / piano Luques Curtis / bass Ruy Lopez-Nussa / drums Tuesday, October 11 Two Sets at  7:30pm …
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Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: Harold López-Nussa Brings Eclectic Sounds & Culture of Cuba to the World Stage on “El Viaje”

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Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: Harold López-Nussa Brings Eclectic Sounds & Culture of Cuba to the World Stage on El Viaje   First U.S. Release by Cuba-Based Jazz Artist Since Obama’s Historic Trip to Havana   “Harold has the requisite command of folkloric Cuban dance grooves as well as …
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Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: “John Beasley presents MONK’estra, Volume 1″

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        Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: John Beasley presents MONK’estra, Volume 1 Thelonious Monk’s Legacy Reimagined with Big Band in Large Scale Exploration of Compositions by the High Priest of Bebop     John Beasley has shared stages with some of the most important names in jazz …
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John Beasley “presents MONK’estra, Volume 1″ Set for Album Release Performances with Very Special Vocal Guest Opening Night Followed by Violinist Regina Carter Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 21 at Jazz Standard

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John Beasley presents MONK’estra, Volume 1 Set for Album Release Performances with  Very Special Vocal Guest Opening Night Followed by Violinist Regina Carter   Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 21 at Jazz Standard             Thursday August 18 – Sunday, August 21 Performances at  7:30pm & 9:30pm Jazz …
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El Viaje

Harold Lopez-Nussa

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

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presents MONK’estra, Volume 1

John Beasley

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

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Celebrating Elvin Jones

Will Calhoun

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

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Do Your Dance

Kenny Garrett

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

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Short Stories

Dominick Farinacci

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

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Convergence

Warren Wolf

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

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Yellowjackets

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

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Full Circle

Brian Bromberg

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 25th March, 2016

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Let’s Get Lost

Cyrille Aimée

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

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For One To Love

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 4th September, 2015

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