• Aaron Diehl
  • Billy Childs
  • 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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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
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 9, 2017 John Beasley
Cunningham Piano Company
198 Allendale Rd.
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
June 10, 2017 John Beasley
The Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts
432 High St.
Burlington , New Jersey 08016
June 10, 2017 Christian McBride
Nova Southeastern University
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
June 11, 2017 John Beasley
Lafayette Inn
525 W. Monroe St.
Easton, Pennsylvania 18042
June 14, 2017 Stanley Clarke

7:30pm

SF Jazz Center - SF Jazz Collective
201 Franklin St.
San Francisco , California 94102
June 14, 2017 Christian McBride
Riverside Hotel
W Chinden Blvd
Garden City, ID 83714
June 15, 2017 Stanley Clarke

7pm

8:30pm

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St. #2
Santa Cruz, California 95060
June 17, 2017 Stanley Clarke
Grand Traditions & Estates Wine & Jazz Festival
220 Grand Tradition Way
Fallbrook, California 92028
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 19, 2017 Billy Childs

8pm

Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, California 90068
July 19, 2017 John Beasley
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, California 90068
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
August 6, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Newport Jazz Festival
90 Fort Adams Dr
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
August 8, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicolett Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
August 10, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)

7pm

9:15pm

 

Jazz Aspen Snowmass - Jas Cafe
637 E. Hyman Ave
Aspen, Colorado 81611
August 12, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)

5pm

8pm

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr
Walnut Creek, California 94596
August 13, 2017 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
San Jose Jazz Festival
W. 38 Santa Clara St.
San Jose, California 95113
August 24, 2017 John Beasley
A Bayside Summer Nights Concert
206 Marina Park Way
San Diego, California 92101
September 3, 2017 John Beasley
Detroit Jazz Festival
19908 Harper Ave
Harper Woods, Michigan 48225
September 15, 2017 Christian Sands
Izzy Asper Jazz Series
300 Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1V1, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1V1
Canada
September 17, 2017 John Beasley
Monterey Jazz Festival
2000 Fairground Rd
Monterey, California 93940
September 24, 2017 Joey DeFrancesco
Jazz Tent at Vail Square
Vail, CO 81658
October 5-8, 2017 John Beasley
Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th St
New York, New York 10016
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 15, 2017 John Beasley
SF Jazz Collective
201 Franklin St
San Francisco , California 94102
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
January 19, 2018 John Beasley
Purdue Jazz Festival
610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
January 20, 2018 John Beasley
The Palladium at the Center for the Arts
1 Center Green
Carmel, Indiana 46032
January 26, 2018 John Beasley

8pm

Chicago Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60604
April 9, 2018 John Beasley
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, California 90012

Cameron Graves Announces 2-LP 120-gram Vinyl Release of Critically Acclaimed Debut Album “Planetary Prince”

CAMERON GRAVES – Visionary Pianist & West Coast Get Down Founding Member Announces 2-LP 120-gram Vinyl Release of Critically Acclaimed Debut Album Planetary Prince  Available May 26 via Mack Avenue Records Available For Pre-Order Now    Planetary Prince, the debut album from West Coast Get Down founding member and cosmic …
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Available Now: Jimmy Greene “Flowers – Beautiful Life, Volume 2” on Mack Avenue Records

AVAILABLE NOW on Mack Avenue Records Saxophonist Jimmy Greene Further Memorializes the Life of Late Daughter with Groove-Filled Release, Flowers — Beautiful Life, Volume 2   Ana Márquez-Greene was One of Many Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting in December 2012 Upcoming Jimmy Greene Performances: April 27 – April 30 | Jazz Standard …
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Available Now: Christian Sands “Reach” on Mack Avenue Records

Available Now on Mack Avenue Records Pianist Christian Sands Manifests New  Experiences Stretching Into Progressive  New Territory on Debut Album, REACH  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  “…pianist Christian Sands plays with a restrained touch and a rolling  command across the entire keyboard.” – The New York Times  …
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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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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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