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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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Brian Bromberg

World-renowned acoustic and electric bassist Brian Bromberg hasn’t released an album in the U.S. since 2012, a fact that might not have been cause for concern if you know that at one point he released three albums in one year. Every man deserves a break. However, once you realize that …
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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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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, 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 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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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

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

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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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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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
May 7, 2016 Cyrille Aimee
(features Cyrille Aimée)
Victoria Theater
1 Center St
Newark, NJ 071028:00 P.M
May 26, 2016 The Yellowjackets
(features Yellowjackets)
Suite Food Louge
375 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 303137:30PM
May 28, 2016 The Yellowjackets
(features Yellowjackets)
The 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Festival
17 W Duval St,
Jacksonville, FL 322029:30PM
June 8-9, 2016 Dominick Farinacci

Two Ticketed Shows:

1st Set 7:30P.M 2nd Set 9:30P.M

Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019
June 24, 2016 The Yellowjackets
(features Yellowjackets)

Two Ticketed Sets: 7:00PM & 9:00PM

Kuumbwa
320 Cedar St # 2.
Santa Cruz, Ca 950607:00PM
June 25-26, 2016 The YellowJackets
(features Yellowjackets)
PIC Fest
1 Eugene Center, Eugene, OR 97401
Eugene, OR 97401
June 25, 2016 Dominick Farinacci
Tri-C JazzFest: Cleveland
2067 E 14th St.
Cleveland, Ohio 441154:45 P.M
August 6, 2016 Dominick Farinacci
The Side Door Jazz Club
85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Old Lyme, CT 06371
September 3, 2016 Dominick Farinacci
The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival
40 East Dover Street
Easton, MD 21601
September 11, 2016 Dominick Farinacci
Bach Dynamite and Dancing Society
30711 Mirada Rd
Half Moon Bay , CA 94019
September 12, 2016 Dominick Farinacci
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
20 Cedar St # 2.
Santa Cruz, California 95060
November 17, 2016 The Yellowjackets
(features Yellowjackets)
Prudential Hall, NJPAC
1 Center St.
Newark, NJ 07102

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Multi-Instrumentalist Brian Bromberg to Perform  in Celebration of His Latest Release, Full Circle    Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14  at Catalina Jazz Club Brian Bromberg /  acoustic and piccolo bass Doug Webb / saxophone Mitch Forman / piano Joel Taylor / drums  Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 Performance …
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Mack Avenue Records Proudly Announces Acquisition of MAXJAZZ

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  Mack Avenue Records Proudly Announces Acquisition of MAXJAZZ Mack Avenue Records is proud to announce the acquisition of the prestigious MAXJAZZ imprint. The announcement follows a landmark year for Mack Avenue Records with five GRAMMY® Award-nominations and two wins for bassist Christian McBride and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. To …
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Vibraphonist Warren Wolf Leads All-Star Band on Upcoming Release “Convergence” – June 10 via Mack Avenue Records

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AVAILABLE TOMORROW via Artistry Music: Multi-Instrumentalist Brian Bromberg Returns to His Roots of Acoustic Jazz With Sentimental Tribute To His Father on “Full Circle”

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     AVAILABLE TOMORROW via Artistry Music:  Multi-Instrumentalist Brian Bromberg Returns to His Roots of Acoustic Jazz With Sentimental Tribute To His Father on Full Circle Stream Tracks from Full Circle World-renowned acoustic and electric bassist Brian Bromberg hasn’t released an album in the U.S. since 2012, a fact that might not …
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Renowned Quartet Yellowjackets Celebrate 35 Years with “Cohearence” – Available April 22 on Mack Avenue Records

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Short Stories

Dominick Farinacci

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 10th June, 2016

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Convergence

Warren Wolf

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 10th June, 2016

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Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 22nd April, 2016

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Brian Bromberg

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 25th March, 2016

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Let’s Get Lost

Cyrille Aimée

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 22nd January, 2016

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For One To Love

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Record Label: Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 4th September, 2015

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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

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

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Stanley Clarke

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

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

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