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MACK AVENUE Music Group

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CONTACTS

Label Publicist:
Maureen McFadden

Publicists:
Matthew Jurasek
Gabrielle Howarth
Don Lucoff

Label Contact:
Cameron Smith
Shannon Moore
Sharon Green

Radio Contact:
Groov Marketing

Intern Contact:
Casey Conroy

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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!  

SHOWS

Oct
22
Christian Sands
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Seattle, WA
Oct
25
Christian Sands
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
Oct
26
Christian Sands
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
Oct
27
Christian Sands
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
Oct
28
Christian Sands
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
Nov
2
Christian Sands
Christina Cultural Arts Center
Wilmington, DE
Nov
3
Christian Sands
Montgomery County Community College
Blue Bell, PA
Nov
16
Cecile McLorin Salvant
NJPAC
Newark, NJ (Ogresse – written and performed by Cécile McLorin Salvant, arranged and conducted...
Nov
17
Cecile McLorin Salvant
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC (Ogresse – written and performed by Cécile McLorin Salvant, arranged and condu...
Nov
18
Cecile McLorin Salvant
Matthews Theatre
Matthews Theatre (Ogresse – written and performed by Cécile McLorin Salvant, arranged and con...
Nov
23
Christian Sands
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY
Nov
24
Christian Sands
Jazz Forum
Tarrytown, NY

NEWS

  • Chucho Valdés | “Jazz Batá 2” | Available November 16 via Mack Avenue Records - Chucho Valdés Revisits Seminal 1972 Recording Jazz Batá with a Sequel 46 Years Later Jazz Batá 2 – Available November 16 on Mack Avenue Records Album Feat. Regina Carter, Yelsy Heredia, Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé, Yaroldy Abreu Robles Read the Album Announcement & Listen to First Single “100 Años de Bebo” Exclusively on WBGO.org   “A…
  • Yellowjackets | “Raising our Voice” | Available September 14 via Mack Avenue Records - GRAMMY® Award-winning Yellowjackets Return with New Album & Collaboration with Vocalist Luciana Souza Raising Our Voice Available September 14 on Mack Avenue Records   While the Los Angeles-based Yellowjackets have been a creative force on the jazz scene since 1981 when they recorded their eponymous debut, their fourth Mack Avenue Records album, Raising Our Voice,…
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant | “The Window” | September 28 via Mack Avenue Records - Cécile McLorin Salvant Explores Mercurial Nature of Love on Stunning Duo Album with Critically Acclaimed Pianist Sullivan Fortner The Window — Available September 28 via Mack Avenue Records The world first learned of the incredible vocal artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under…
  • Christian Sands | “Facing Dragons” | Available September 21 via Mack Avenue Records - Christian Sands Returns with New Studio Album Facing Dragons, Available September 21 on Mack Avenue Records Album Features Marcus Strickland, Keyon Harrold, Yasushi Nakamura, Jerome Jennings, Caio Afiune, Cristian Rivera, & Roberto Quintero   Not yet 30, Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. In the last few years…
  • Connie Han | “CRIME ZONE” | Available October 12 via Mack Avenue Records - 22-Year-Old Pianist Connie Han Brings Jazz into Neo-Noir Territory On Mack Avenue Records Debut CRIME ZONE  Album Available October 12 With her debut Mack Avenue Records album CRIME ZONE (available October 12), next generation Los Angeles pianist Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz. Han’s parents, both practicing classical musicians,…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Stanley Clarke | “The Message” | Mack Avenue Records - AVAILABLE NOW on Mack Avenue Records: Renowned Bassist Stanley Clarke Celebrates 45 Years Since Debut Album as a Leader with The Message   Longtime Touring Band of Young Innovative Collaborators Hunkered Down in Paris to Write Album While Tour was Delayed due to Tunisian Terror Attacks   Album Features Cameron Graves, Beka Gochiashvili, and Mike…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Cyrille Aimée | “Cyrille Aimée Live” | Mack Avenue Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Mack Avenue Records: Cyrille Aimée Turns the Page with Live Finale of Longstanding Band While Looking to New Adventures in Music and Life with Cyrille Aimée Live The end of one chapter means the beginning of another. Like all the best cliffhangers, Cyrille Aimée Live leaves the audience wanting more…but also eager to…
  • Available Tomorrow: Tia Fuller | “Diamond Cut” | Mack Avenue Records - Available Tomorrow on Mack Avenue Records: An Empowered Tia Fuller Returns After Six Year Recording Hiatus: Saxophonist Withstood Extreme Pressures, Came Out Radiating Pure Light Diamond Cut: Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Album Features: Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, James Genus, Adam Rogers, Bill Stewart, and Sam Yahel “An unimpeachable force on the alto is back,…
  • Available Now: Cameron Graves | “Planetary Prince: The Eternal Survival EP” | Mack Avenue Records - Available Now on Mack Avenue Records: Cameron Graves – The Planetary Prince – Advances Truth of Creativity with New Release, Planetary Prince: The Eternal Survival EP, feat. Stanley Clarke, Kamasi Washington, & Ronald Bruner, Jr. Who is the Planetary Prince? According to keyboardist and composer Cameron Graves, it’s him. The title and concept go back long before…
  • Available Now: Christian Sands | “REACH Further EP” | Mack Avenue - Out Today on Mack Avenue Records: Christian Sands’ Digital-Only Live REACH FURTHER EP New Full-Length Album Scheduled for Fall 2018 After a dynamic 2017, filled with international touring and the release of his critically acclaimed Mack Avenue Records debut album REACH, singularly talented pianist, GRAMMY® Award-nominee, and Steinway artist Christian Sands is expanding on his…

ARTISTS

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Aaron Diehl

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Arturo O’Farrill

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Billy Childs

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Cameron Graves

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

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Christian McBride

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Christian Sands

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Chucho Valdés

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Connie Han

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Cyrille Aimée

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Darryl Holter

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Dave Bennett

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Dominick Farinacci

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Erroll Garner

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Jimmy Greene

Joey DeFrancesco performs on this week's <em>Piano Jazz</em>.

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John Beasley

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Kenny Garrett

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Kevin Eubanks

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Manu Lafer

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Sean Jones

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Stanley Clarke

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Tia Fuller

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Warren Wolf

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