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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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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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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
September 6, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
O'Reilly Theater
621 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
September 9-13, 2014 Christian McBride

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Birdland
315 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
September 13, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Lake George Jazz Festival
Lake Geroge, NY 12845
September 18-19, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
TBA
Monterey, CA
September 18-21, 2014 Danilo Perez
The Jazz Showcase
806 S Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60605
September 19-20, 2014 Freda Payne
Catalina's
6725 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
September 20, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
The Green Center
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
September 20, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Al Sears Jazz Festival
Macomb, IL 61455
October 8-11, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Mondavi Center for the Arts
1 Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
October 10-12, 2014 Stanley Clarke
Yoshi's
1330 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
October 13, 2014 Stanley Clarke
Kuumbwa
320 Cedar St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
October 14, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Yoshi's
510 Embarcadero W
Oakland, CA 94607
October 14, 2014 Stanley Clarke
The Pageant
6161 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112
October 16, 2014 Stanley Clarke
The Promontory
5311 South Lake Park Ave West
Chicago, IL
October 17, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
The Loft at UCSD
911 Lyman Ln
La Jolla, CA 92093
October 17, 2014 Stanley Clarke
Tralf Music Hall
622 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14202
October 18, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Rose Wagner Performing Arts
138 West 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
October 21-22, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Dazzle
930 Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203
October 22-24, 2014 Stanley Clarke
Iridium
1650 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
October 24, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Grace Rainey Auditorium/ The MET Museum
1000 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128
October 24, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
October 25, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Manchester Craftsmen Guild
1815 Metropolitan St
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
October 25, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
College of St. Benedict
37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN 56374
October 28, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Iron Horse
20 Center St
Northampton, MA 01060
October 29, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Scullers
400 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA
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 1-2, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Quebec City Jazz Festival
643 St Joseph E
Quebec
Canada
November 2, 2014 Cecile McLorin Salvant
(features Cécile McLorin Salvant)
Grand Opera House
818 N Market St
Wilmington, DE 19801
November 4, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Widder Bar
Widdergasse 6
Zürich 8001
Switzerland
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
November 25-29, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Birdland
315 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
December 5, 2014 Cyrille Aimée
Drama Theatre
Buffalo, NY 14203
December 13, 2014 - January 4, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Café Society Swing @ 59E59 Theatre
59 E 59th St
New York, NY 10022
January 16, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Mancini - Pink Panther Program
455 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 700
Orlando, FL 32801
January 23, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Largo Cultural Center
105 3rd St SE
Largo, FL 33771
January 25-February 1, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Jazz Cruise
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
February 5, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Norton Center for the Arts
600 W Walnut St
Danville, KY 40422
February 6, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Germantown Performing Arts Center
1801 Exeter Rd
Germantown , TN 38138
February 7, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Pamlico Musical Society
609 Broad Street
Oriental, NC 28571
February 8, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
February 12, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Penn State
Schwab Auditorium
State College, PA 16801
February 14, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
UVM Lane Series
Burlington, VT 05401
February 20-21, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Fredrick P. Rose Hall @ Jazz at Lincoln Center
3 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019
March 7, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
1815 Metropolitan St
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
March 20-21, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Ave
Bend, OR 97701
March 27, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S Allison Pkwy
Lakewood, CO 80226
April 4, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
West Hartford Town Hall
50 S Main St
West Hartford, CT 06107
April 10, 2015 Cyrille Aimée
Stanford Center for the Arts
328 Lomita Dr
Stanford, CT 94305
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

Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: CYRILLE AIMÉE Infuses Novel Blend of Musical Styles on “It’s A Good Day”

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Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: CYRILLE AIMÉE Infuses Novel Blend of Musical Styles on It’s A Good Day “…a sweet, girlish voice that she controls with a sniper’s precision.” – The New York Times “Astonishingly creative…with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without …
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CYRILLE AIMÉE to Celebrate the Release of “It’s A Good Day” – 7:30pm / Tuesday, September 9 at Rockwood Music Hall

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  CYRILLE AIMÉE to Celebrate the Release of    It’s A Good Day 7:30pm / Tuesday, September 9 at Rockwood Music Hall   Cyrille Aimée, vocals Michael Valeanu, guitar Adrien Moignard, guitar  Shawn Conley, bass Dani Danor, drums    Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) 196 Allen Street New York, NY …
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Bass Virtuoso STANLEY CLARKE Rallies Friends, Old and New, to Revisit “School Days,” Bass Folk Songs and More on “UP”

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  Bass Virtuoso STANLEY CLARKE Rallies Friends, Old and New, to Revisit “School Days,” Bass Folk Songs and More on UP Available September 30 on Mack Avenue Records 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 Frank Catalano and Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin Pay Tribute to John Coltrane on “Love Supreme Collective”

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  Saxophonist Frank Catalano and Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin Pay Tribute to John Coltrane on Love Supreme Collective   Available September 30 on Ropeadope Records Vinyl Release Set for November 11   Digital Release Debuts at #1 on iTunes Jazz Charts   “As a musician, Mr. Catalano is known for the exuberance …
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RODNEY WHITAKER Recounts His Journey to Joy Through Life, Love and Tragedy on “When We Find Ourselves Alone” – Available August 19 on Mack Avenue Records

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  RODNEY WHITAKER Recounts His Journey  to Joy Through Life, Love and Tragedy  on When We Find Ourselves Alone -  Available August 19 on Mack Avenue Records   “…an inexhaustibly swinging bassist with a mammoth-sized sound and an infectious personality as radiant as his walking lines and solos.” – Detroit Free Press …
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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

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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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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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