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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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Cyrille Aimée

It’s A Good Day is the major label debut by the widely acclaimed young jazz singer Cyrille Aimée—yet another step forward for the rapidly rising vocalist. Winner of both the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Vocal Competition and the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, Aimée explores a range of musical styles, eras, …
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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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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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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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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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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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Mack Avenue Superband

Mack Avenue SuperBand’s Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival – 2013 documents a concert at the Motor City’s capacious Hart Plaza by an ensemble of leaders culled from Mack Avenue Records’ extraordinary artist roster. It’s the second configuration of the group, which debuted at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival, mixing …
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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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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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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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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 4, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
West Hartford Town Hall
50 S Main St
West Hartford, CT 06107
April 8-11, 2015 Rodney Whitaker
Canon Center For Performing Arts
255 N Main St
Memphis , TN 38103
April 10, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Stanford Center for the Arts
328 Lomita Dr
Stanford, CT 94305
April 10, 2015 Rodney Whitaker
Detroit Chamberwinds
24901 Northwestern Hwy #312
Southfield , MI 48075
April 22, 2015 Rodney Whitaker
Washington Street Education Center
500 Washington St
Chelsea , MI 48118
April 24, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Gerald Lynch Theatre
524 W 59th St
New York, NY 10019
October 24, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281

57th Annual GRAMMY® Awards: DL Media Clients Receive Four Nominations in Four Categories from NARAS Voting Members

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57th Annual GRAMMY® Awards: DL Media Clients Receive Four Nominations in  Four Categories from NARAS Voting Members   Best Jazz Vocal Album Live In NYC Gretchen Parlato [Obliqsound] _____________________________________________________ Best World Music Album Magic Sérgio Mendes [OKeh] _____________________________________________________     Best Instrumental Composition “Last Train to Sanity” Stanley Clarke – Up [Mack Avenue Records] _____________________________________________________ …
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Christian McBride named Keynote Speaker for Jazz Connect Conference

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Christian McBride Named Keynote Speaker for Jazz Connect Conference Photo Credit: Chi Modu Bassist and Bandleader Recently Named Host of New Show from NPR – Jazz Night in America The organizers of the Jazz Connect Conference announced today that bassist, composer, bandleader, and radio host Christian McBride will give the …
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AVAILABLE NOW: Saxophonist JIMMY GREENE Reflects on the Life and Loss of his Daughter, Tragically Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting, with “Beautiful Life”

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Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: Saxophonist JIMMY GREENE Reflects on the Life and Loss of his Daughter, Tragically Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting, with Beautiful Life Album Features Special Guests Including Kenny Barron, Javier Colon, Kurt Elling, and Pat Metheny, Among Others “Music has a unique way of communicating …
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Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: Bass Virtuoso STANLEY CLARKE Rallies Friends, Old and New, to Revisit “School Days,” Bass Folk Songs and More on “UP”


  Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: Bass Virtuoso STANLEY CLARKE Rallies Friends, Old and New, to Revisit “School Days,” Bass Folk Songs and More on UP Features Performances from Stewart Copeland, Chick Corea, and Joe Walsh, Among Others  “When Stanley Clarke was only 25, the word ‘legend’ was already being used to describe him. …
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Saxophonist JIMMY GREENE Reflects on the Life and Loss of his Daughter, Tragically Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting, with “Beautiful Life” – Available November 25 on Mack Avenue Records

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Saxophonist JIMMY GREENE Reflects on the Life and Loss of his Daughter, Tragically Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting, with Beautiful Life – Available November 25 on Mack Avenue Records Album Features Special Guests Including Kenny Barron, Javier Colon, Kurt Elling, and Pat Metheny, Among Others “Music has a unique way …
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Beautiful Life

Jimmy Greene

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 25th November, 2014

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It’s Christmas on Mack Avenue


Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 21st October, 2014



Stanley Clarke

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 30th September, 2014

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Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival

Mack Avenue SuperBand

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 2nd September, 2014

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It’s A Good Day

Cyrille Aimée

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 19th August, 2014

"When We Find Ourselves Alone" - Album Cover

When We Find Ourselves Alone

Rodney Whitaker

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 18th August, 2014

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Sean Jones

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 22nd July, 2014

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Come Back To Me Love

Freda Payne

Release Date: 22nd July, 2014


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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