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MACK AVENUE Music Group

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CONTACTS

Label Publicist:
Maureen McFadden

Publicists:
Nuria Hunter
Don Lucoff

Label Contact:
Matthew Jurasek
Shannon Moore
Sharon Green

Radio Contact:
Groov Marketing

Intern Contact:
Casey Conroy

Founded in the late 1990’s in Detroit, Michigan, Mack Avenue Records’ beginnings were conceived out of a genuine love for jazz and the artists that create it. Gretchen Valade, the label’s founder, sat at the grand piano in her living room composing Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee–inspired vocal charts and wanted to find a way to get them recorded. In that moment Mack Avenue was born. The label’s first few recordings spotlighted both young talent and storied jazz veterans, a mix which contributed to our artistic philosophy in the years that followed.

With new recordings by George ShearingGerald WilsonOscarCastro-NevesTerry Gibbs and a handful of newcomers, passion guided our early agenda and shortly a business infrastructure emerged to match it. Creatively we were driven by the idea that we could be a partner to highly-acclaimed established artists looking to further their careers and, at the same time, nurture the next generation of jazz’s undiscovered greats. Soon, Mack Avenue’s releases were being noticed globally for their attention to artistic merit as well as sonic and visual quality.

In 2006, we opened our Los Angeles office and started our publishing company. Two years later we acquired three contemporary imprints, expanding our boutique roster to include artists such as Jonathan ButlerKirk WhalumRahsaan PattersonBrian BrombergRick BraunRichard Elliot, and the Kenny Rankin catalog, among others. These additions broadened the musical genres that we represent to include gospel, adult R&B, singer/songwriter and blues, stepping out from the jazz genre for the first time. Around that time critically acclaimed artists such as Kenny GarrettStanley JordanChristian McBrideYellowjacketsDanilo PérezGary Burton and Kevin Eubanks began to record with the label, strengthening our place among leading modern day jazz recording companies.

Mack Avenue’s recordings have won or been nominated for multiple Grammy®, NAACP, A2IM Libera Awards and other media honors, including our most recent Grammy® nominees Stanley Clarkeand Alfredo Rodríquez (2015) and Cecile McLorin SalvantJimmy GreeneKirk Whalum and Christian McBride (2016). Our artists have enjoyed top positions on numerous sales, radio and other industry charts, and much of that success has been driven by a combination of creative instinct, strategic risk taking and sound business practices. This was made possible because one very enthusiastic music fan in Detroit sat at her piano and decided she wanted to record what she was writing. She got those songs recorded – in style – and then watched as her creation blossomed, providing leadership and vision at critical points along the way.

As our creative endeavors and passionate commitment lead us into a variety of genres, our primary mission of recording and presenting music that inspires remains intact. Take a look around our site, visit us on social media and enjoy some great music in the process!  

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  • Brian Bromberg | “A Little Driving Music” | May 21 via Artistry Music (Mack Avenue Music Group) -       World-Renowned Bassist and Producer Brian Bromberg Escapes the Pandemic Blues with a Vibrant, Funky New Album That Conjures the Spirit of the Open Road with A Little Driving Music Due Out May 21, 2021 on Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group Bromberg’s Third Album Created in Quarantine, Features All-Star, Socially-Distanced Cast of Musicians Including Dave…
  • Emmet Cohen Speaks with GRAMMY Museum’s COLLECTION:live – AVAILABLE TODAY -   Mack Avenue Music Group Pianist/Composer and American Pianists Awards Winner EMMET COHEN Speaks with GRAMMY Museum® as Part of Their Celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month Will Discuss Critically Acclaimed Album Future Stride, Popular Livestream Series “Live From Emmet’s Place,” and Past Experience with GRAMMY Museum Exclusive Interview and Performance: Online Now as Part of COLLECTION:live™   “Common…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Veronica Swift | “This Bitter Earth” | Mack Avenue Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Mack Avenue Records Critically Acclaimed Singer Veronica Swift Tackles Domestic Abuse, Racism & Other Social Issues on Poignant Mack Avenue Records Album, This Bitter Earth “She has a miraculous voice, musical ability and technique, as well as an innate gift for entertaining a crowd.” — Wall Street Journal Read Veronica Swift’s Cover Story in…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Alfredo Rodriguez & Munir Hossn | “Que Sera” - Cuban Pianist and Composer Alfredo Rodriguez Partners with Longtime Musical Collaborator Munir Hossn Offer Solace to the World  with New Single, “Que Será”   Available Now via Mack Avenue Records Since the 16th century, the phrase “que será” has served as a motto for human existence in times of uncertainty. Not knowing the next step or…
  • Pianist John Beasley Wins GRAMMY Award for “Donna Lee” from Mack Avenue album “MONK’estra Plays John Beasley” - Pianist John Beasley Wins GRAMMY® Award From Mack Avenue Music Group Album MONK’estra Plays John Beasley   Beasley’s Afro-Cuban Treatment of “Donna Lee” Wins “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella” at 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards   Watch Beasley’s Acceptance Speech Giving Thanks to Black American Music Community & Music Education in Public Schools Read Randall Roberts’ Los Angeles Times Feature on…
  • Dan Wilson | “Vessels of Wood and Earth” | April 23 via Brother Mister Productions (Mack Avenue Music Group) -   Guitarist/Composer Dan Wilson Calls Attention to the Beauty of Often Ignored Structural Foundations of Music and Life with Debut Label Release Vessels of Wood and Earth, Due April 23, Marks Second Release on Christian McBride’s Mack Avenue Music Group Imprint, Brother Mister Productions Wilson Joined by Christian Sands, Marco Panascia, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and…
  • Pianist Christian Sands Receives Second NAACP Image Awards Nomination -   Pianist Christian Sands Receives NAACP Image Awards Nomination for Be Water in Outstanding Jazz Album Category Nomination Follows Sands’ First GRAMMY® Award Nomination as a Leader for Best Instrumental Composition   Mack Avenue Music Group’s Christian Sands has continued to receive critical acclaim for his 2020 album, Be Water. The pianist and composer was honored to receive a NAACP…
  • Veronica Swift | “This Bitter Earth” | March 19 via Mack Avenue Records - Critically Acclaimed Singer Veronica Swift Tackles Domestic Abuse, Racism and Other Social Issues on Poignant Mack Avenue Records Album, This Bitter Earth   Full Album Available Everywhere March 19; First Two Singles, “This Bitter Earth” and “Prisoner of Love,” Out Now Read Veronica Swift’s Cover Story in the November 2020 Issue of DownBeat   Veronica Swift flips the script on This Bitter Earth, the…
  • Mack Avenue Music Group’s John Beasley and Christian Sands Receive Five GRAMMY Award Nominations - Mack Avenue Music Group Congratulates Pianists John Beasley and Christian Sands on Five GRAMMY® Award Nominations John Beasley is One of the Top Nominated Artists at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards with Four Nominations Christian Sands Earns First Leader Nomination Mack Avenue Music Group is proud to congratulate pianists John Beasley and Christian Sands on an astounding five nominations for the…
  • DL Media Artists Receive Six Nominations in 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards - DL Media Artists Earn Six Nominations for 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards DL Media is proud to congratulate our artists on six nominations in five categories in the 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards, including: John Beasley, Kurt Elling feat. Danilo Pérez, Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, Maria Mendes and John Beasley, and Christian Sands. “The DL Media team is excited…

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