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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

Aaron Diehl

In fashion circles, the adjective “bespoke” denotes custom-made suits and shirts and signifies the person who designs and constructs them. On The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, his brilliant Mack Avenue Records debut, pianist Aaron Diehl extrapolates this notion to matters of musical invention. “The idea for the metaphor was that the …
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Alfredo Rodríguez

For those who know how to listen, time and distance offer a wealth of perspective. “When you live in your own country, you are immersed in that reality and you’re not necessarily conscious of all the different elements that make it what it is,” says Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez, …
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Cécile McLorin Salvant

When Cécile McLorin Salvant arrived at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to compete in the finals of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, she was not only the youngest finalist, but also a mystery woman with the most unusual background of any of the participants. When she walked …
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Christian McBride

It’s not simply his abundant virtuosity that has made Christian McBride the most in-demand bassist of his generation. McBride consistently combines his deft musicianship with an innate ability to communicate his enthusiasm to an audience—a warm showmanship that transforms his own passion into infectious joy. It comes across whether he’s …
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Danilo Pérez

In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama, becoming the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean and founding the first permanent European settlement in the Americas. Those events continue to resonate five centuries later as Panama celebrates the landmark anniversary. On his new Mack …
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Dave Bennett

Dave Bennett doesn’t fit the mold. For starters, you don’t find many jazz clarinet players who name Alice Cooper, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Chris Isaak among their influences. You won’t find many musicians under 30 who are equally conversant with the music of Benny Goodman (the “King of Swing”) and …
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Gary Burton

A popular phrase in years past was “Life Begins at 60,” but Gary Burton - as he has done so often throughout his career - is re-writing the book on retirement. Having turned 70 in January, an age when most artists begin to solely look back, Burton forges ahead with his new Mack Avenue Records album, Guided …
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Johnnie Bassett

Guitarist Johnnie Bassett is a special bluesman, possessing a certain inspired individuality and skill set rarely found these days. In a career dating back to the early 1950s, the spry 76-year-old has earned many accolades–just last year he copped Detroit Music Awards for “Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist” and “Outstanding Blues Artist/Group.” …
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Kenny Garrett

For his third Mack Avenue Records release, Pushing the World Away, alto/soprano saxophonist/composer/ bandleader Kenny Garrett literally had to “push away” a steady flow of distractions to get to the inner core of the album, shifting priorities in his schedule, and diving deep into the essence of the music. “I’m always writing, so …
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Kevin Eubanks

With his second Mack Avenue Records release, The Messenger, acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks continues to explore his own unique musical vision. This vision offers the listener an opportunity to share a musical journey that truly exemplifies where Eubanks is at this stage of his illustrious career; one that, for over …
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Kyle Eastwood

Today, Kyle Eastwood is less and less known as the son of Clint Eastwood and more of a universally respected musician and leader in his own right. A virtuoso bassist on electric and upright, as well as a talented composer with a keen ear for great tunes as well as …
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Sachal Vasandani

“It is very thrilling to have a new male jazz vocalist on the scene. Having toured with Sachal in Japan made me realize what a wonderful jazz singer he is. It’s so good to know that jazz singing is alive and doing great because of this talented young man.”  –Sheila …
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Sean Jones

As we’ve all been told, birds do it, bees do it – but anyone who’s actually gone to the trouble of falling in love knows that it’s a lot more complicated when humans get involved. Which can make the reality of relationships a bit disappointing for those weaned on a …
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Stanley Jordan

In a career that took flight in 1985 with immediate commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility, respect and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead …
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Tia Fuller

Tia Fuller’s third release on Mack Avenue Records, Angelic Warrior, marks her deep-rooted evolution as an instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. After five years in Beyoncé’s band, the pop diva’s attention to detail in the studio rubbed off on Fuller. She has since developed a heightened focus in the editing, mixing …
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Warren Wolf

Throughout its history, jazz has been revitalized with a continual evolution of style, fresh transformations in expression, bold leaps into the free improvisational sphere of the unknown, and most importantly, the arrival of young artists who, while steeped in the past, have an eye to the future of the idiom. …
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Yellowjackets

A Rise In The Road, the Yellowjackets‘ second Mack Avenue Records offering, is indeed an appropriate title for a time-honored jazz ensemble that has never been fearful of facing newer musical horizons, not to mention the myriad challenges of life itself. Throughout their storied 32-year history, the Yellowjackets have undergone …
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Date Artist Venue
April 16-19, 2014 Dave Bennett
Dirty Dog Jazz Café
97 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
April 22, 2014 Christian McBride

Trio

Cabaret at Theater Square
655 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
April 22, 2014 Alfredo Rodríguez
The Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
April 23, 2014 Alfredo Rodriguez
(features Alfredo Rodríguez)
Kuumbwa
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
April 24-27, 2014 Alfredo Rodriguez
(features Alfredo Rodríguez)
SFJAZZ Center
201 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
April 26, 2014 Cécile McLorin Salvant
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
May 2, 2014 Kenny Garrett
Lawrence Jazz Series at Lawrence University
711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911
May 3, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
May 9, 2014 Danilo Perez
Miami International Jazz Fest, Olympia Theater
174 E Flagler St
Miami, FL 33131
May 10, 2014 Dave Bennett

Tribute to Benny Goodman with the New Mexico Philharmonic

Rio Grande Zoo
903 10th Street Southwest
Albuquerque, NM 87102
May 23-24, 2014 Christian McBride and Kurt Rosenwinkel
(features Christian McBride)
Jazz At Lincoln Center
Broadway and 60th Street
New York, NY 10019
June 7, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
The Flynn Center/ Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
153 Main St
Burlington, VT 05401
June 14, 2014 Christian McBride

Trio

Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
June 20, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Lansing Jazz Festival
East Lansing, MI
June 22, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Kilbourn Hall/ Rochester Int'l Jazz Festival
26 Gibbs St.
Rochester, NY 14604
June 25, 2014 Danilo Perez
Wold Café Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
June 26, 2014 Danilo Pérez
Museum of Fine Arts, Remis Auditorium
465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
July 26, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Caramoor
149 Girdle Ridge Rd
Katonah, New York 10536
July 30, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
92nd Street Y/ Kaufman Concert Hall
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128
August 1-2, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI
August 3, 2014 Danilo Pérez
Newport Jazz Festival
84 Fort Adams Dr.
Newport, RI 02840
August 8, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Litchfield Jazz Festival
Goshen Fairgrounds
Goshen, CT 06756
August 10, 2014 Alfredo Rodríguez
Sun Valley Pavillion
300 Dollar Rd
Sun Valley, ID 83353
August 10, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Westhampton Beach PAC
76 Main St
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
August 31, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Jay Pritzker Pavilion/ Chicago Jazz Festival
201 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
September 9-13, 2014 Christian McBride

Trio

Birdland
315 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
September 18-19, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
TBA
Monterey, CA
September 20, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
The Green Center
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
October 24, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Grace Rainey Auditorium/ The MET Museum
1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128
October 25, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Manchester Craftsmen Guild
1815 Metropolitan St
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
October 30, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Holloway Hall Auditorium
1101 Camden Ave
Salisbury, MD 21801
November 1, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Sixth & I Synagogue
600 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001
November 2, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Grand Opera House
818 N Market St
Wilmington, DE 19801
November 8, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Wortham Theater Center
500 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77002
November 10-12, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Yoshi's Jazz Club
1330 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
November 14-15, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Segerstrom Center
600 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
November 21, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211th St
Miami, FL 33189

AVAILABLE NOW on Mack Avenue Records: Cuban Pianist ALFREDO RODRÍGUEZ Reflects on Memories of Home with New Album, “The Invasion Parade”

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  AVAILABLE NOW on Mack Avenue Records: Cuban Pianist ALFREDO RODRÍGUEZ Reflects on Memories of Home with New Album, The Invasion Parade   Plus Video Premier of “The Invasion Parade”   Co-Produced by Mentor Quincy Jones and Featuring Esperanza Spalding and Pedrito Martínez   ““[Alfredo's] playing, proficient and soulful, projects a …
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AVAILABLE NOW: DANILO PÉREZ Creates a Cultural Passport with Stunning Tribute to Panama on “Panama 500″

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    AVAILABLE NOW: DANILO PÉREZ Creates a Cultural Passport with  Stunning Tribute to Panama on Panama 500 Coincides with 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of the  Pacific Ocean and Features Two Rhythm Sections:  John Patitucci & Brian Blade Ben Street & Adam Cruz   “Danilo is open to whatever …
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Cuban Pianist ALFREDO RODRÍGUEZ Reflects on Memories of Home with New Album, “The Invasion Parade,” Available March 4 on Mack Avenue Records

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  Cuban Pianist ALFREDO RODRÍGUEZ Reflects on Memories  of Home with New Album, The Invasion Parade,  Available March 4 on Mack Avenue Records   Co-Produced by Mentor Quincy Jones and Featuring Esperanza Spalding, Pedrito Martínez and Henry Cole    ““[Alfredo's] playing, proficient and soulful, projects a spirited, youthful charm.” – …
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DANILO PÉREZ Celebrates the Release of “Panama 500″ at The Jazz Standard – February 6-9

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  DANILO PÉREZ Celebrates the Release of Panama 500 at  The Jazz Standard - February 6-9 Featuring Ben Street, Adam Cruz,  Alex Hargreaves and Roman Diaz   Panama 500: Danilo Pérez, piano Ben Street, bass Adam Cruz, drums Alex Hargreaves, violin Roman Diaz, percussion Performances at 7:30PM & 9:30PM The Jazz Standard 116 E …
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Vocalist CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT Celebrates a Landmark Year Following the Release of her Critically Acclaimed Debut Recording, “WomanChild”

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    Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant Celebrates a Landmark Year Following the Release of her Critically Acclaimed Debut Recording, WomanChild   Grammy® Award Nominated for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” ‘Best Vocal Album of the Year’ by the Académie du Jazz and Winner of France’s Coup de Coeur Révélation Award   Winner …
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The Invasion Parade

Alfredo Rodríguez

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 4th March, 2014

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Panama 500

Danilo Perez

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 4th February, 2014

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Don’t Be That Way

Dave Bennett

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 15th October, 2013

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Wolfgang

Warren Wolf

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 20th August, 2013

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Guided Tour

Gary Burton

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 6th August, 2013

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WomanChild

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 28th May, 2013

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The Bespoke Man’s Narrative

Aaron Diehl

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 19th March, 2013

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The Messenger

Kevin Eubanks

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 19th February, 2013

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Angelic Warrior

Tia Fuller

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 25th September, 2012

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