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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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Date Artist Venue
February 3-6, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)

Two Ticketed Performances:

7:30 P.M & 9:30 P.M

 

Jazz at The Bistro
3536 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103, Missouri 631037:30 PM
February 12, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival
750 Rockville Pike
Rockville , Maryland 208528:30 PM
February 14, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)

Two ticketed sets

4:00 PM & 7:00PM

Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Rd
Allston , Massachusetts 021344:00 PM
February 16, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
WNYC Green Space
44 Charlton St
New York, New York 10013 7:00 PM
February 19, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Anneburg Center
3680 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 191048:00 P.M
February 24, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Lycee Francais de New York
505 E 75th St
New York , New York 100217:00 P.M
February 26-27, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
97 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe , Michigan 48236 8:00 PM
February 27, 2016 Danilo Perez
The Sheldon
3648 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108 8:00 pm
February 28, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Blu Jazz
47 E Market St
Akron , Ohio 443089:30 P.M
March 1-3, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Denison University
100 W College St
Granville , Ohio 430238:00 P.M
March 4, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Orpheum Theater
528 Pierce Street
Sioux City , Iowa 511018:00 P.M
March 9, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
The Space
245 Chicago Ave
Evanston, Illinois 602027:30 P.M
March 10, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom Ave NE
Grand Rapids , Michigan 49503 8:00 P.M
April 2, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Mabry Concert Hall
601 College Street
Clarksville, Tennessee 370438:00 P.M
May 7, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Victoria Theater
1 Center St
Newark, New Jersey 071028:00 P.M

Mack Avenue SuperBand Kicks Off Debut National Tour Led by Musical Director Christian McBride Tuesday, January 26 Through Saturday, January 30 at Birdland

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    DL Media MusicNEW YORK | PHILADELPHIA | PORTLANDTel: +1 610-667-0501 | www.dlmediamusic.com​​       Mack Avenue SuperBand Kicks Off Debut National Tour Led by  Musical Director Christian McBride  Tuesday, January 26 Through  Saturday, January 30 at Birdland       Christian McBride / bass Gary Burton / vibraphone  Tia Fuller /  saxophone  Sean Jones / trumpet  …
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Mack Avenue SuperBand Thrills Motor City Audiences in Fourth Incarnation of All-Star Band Led by Musical Director/Bassist Christian McBride on Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival – 2015 Album Available January 22, 2015 via Mack Avenue Records Group to Tour Nationally in 2016 – Full Performance Schedule to be Announced …
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Saxophonist Tia Fuller and Golden Wish LLC Debut Revolutionary Motion-Control Music Technology “Puppet Master”- July 9th, 2015 at New York’s 54 Below

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    Saxophonist Tia Fuller and Golden Wish LLC Debut Revolutionary Motion-Control Music Technology “Puppet Master”- July 9th, 2015 at New York’s 54 Below For more information on Tia Fuller, please visit: TiaFuller.com For media information, please contact: DL Media  ·  610-667-0501 Maureen McFadden ·  maureen@dlmediamusic.com Serving the Finest in …
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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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Beautiful Life

Jimmy Greene

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

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It’s Christmas on Mack Avenue

Various

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

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Up

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

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The Invasion Parade

Alfredo Rodríguez

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