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Mack Avenue Records

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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.”

SHOWS

Jan
26
John Beasley
Chicago Symphony Center
Orchestra Hall – 220 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60604  
Jan
28
Cyrille Aimée
California Science Center
Wallis Annenberg Building – 700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037
Feb
7
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Zellerbach Concert Hall
Berkeley, California
Feb
8
Cécile McLorin Salvant
The Board Stage
Santa Monica, California
Feb
9
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Mondavi Center
Davis, California
Feb
16
Cyrille Aimée
Sheslow Auditorium
Des Moines, IA 50311
Feb
17
Cyrille Aimée
The Folly Theater
300 W. 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
Feb
23
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Camp Concert Hall
Richmond, Virginia
Mar
1
Cyrille Aimée
Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 W. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701
Mar
2
Cyrille Aimée
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E. Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT 06877
Mar
2
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Kauffmann Concert Hall
New York, New York
Mar
7
Cécile McLorin Salvant
The Dakota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar
8
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Shannon Hall – Wisconsin Union Theater
Madison, Wisconsin
Mar
9
John Beasley
Walt Disney Hall
111 S. Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mar
9
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Chicago Symphony Center
Chicago, Illinois
Apr
4
John Beasley
University of Miami – Frost School Of Music
Gusman Concert Hall – 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Apr
14
Cyrille Aimée
Germantown Performing Arts Center
1801 Exeter Rd. Germantown, TN 38138
Apr
20
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Irvine Barclay Theater
Irvine, California

NEWS

  • 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards: 13 Nominations in Six Categories - DL Media Artists Receive 13 Nominations in Six Categories for 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Cat. 31):   Billy Childs’ Rebirth “Dance of Shiva”   Mack Avenue Records Release Date: March 24, 2017   Web: BillyChilds.com ______________________________   Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Cat. 31): Sara Caswell on Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge’s Whispers on the Wind “Can’t…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Dave Bennett – “Blood Moon” – Mack Avenue Records - A “blood moon” is a natural phenomenon that evokes a sense of foreboding yet captivating wonderment. However, the moon eventually returns to its natural state, shedding its reddish hues back to normalcy. Clarinetist Dave Bennett has not returned to normalcy and neither has his music. Blood Moon, Bennett’s sophomore release for Mack Avenue Records, is…
  • Visionary Pianist & West Coast Get Down Founding Member CAMERON GRAVES Rounds Out a Year of Critical Praise for Debut Album “Planetary Prince” - Planetary Prince – Available On Digital Platforms & Physical Formats (LP & CD) via Mack Avenue Records    Psychotropic Eight Song Release Captures Seismic Shift in Jazz Featuring Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Ryan Porter and Ronald Bruner Jr.    “‘Planetary Prince’ picks up where Washington’s impactful album,  ‘The Epic’ (featuring Graves) left off, blending jazz with…
  • Various Artists – “Oscar, With Love” – Available November 17 on Mack Avenue Records - In 2015, a special 3-CD set, Oscar, With Love, was released to observe the 90th birthday of jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson (1925-2007). To honor her late husband, Kelly Peterson assembled some of the most celebrated jazz artists in the world to perform and record on the luminary’s prized personal piano, then released the recordings…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Cécile McLorin Salvant – “Dreams and Daggers” – Mack Avenue Records - GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has had a remarkable rise to stardom in her professional career, and she’s taking another big leap forward with Dreams and Daggers, her third album for Mack Avenue Records, available September 29. “The songs on this album are of dreams and daggers. The daggers have been used at times…
  • Dave Bennett Performs October 4-7 At Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Support of New Album,”Blood Moon” - Personnel:  Dave Bennett / clarinet  Cliff Monear / piano Jeff Pedraz / bass Pete Siers / drums Wednesday, October 4 –  Saturday, October 7 Performances at 6:00 & 8:30PM Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe 97 Kercheval Ave  Grosse Point Farms, MI 48236 Phone: 313-882-5299 Web: DirtyDogJazz.com   Dave Bennett is set to perform at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe…
  • Christian Sands Rounds Out Critically Acclaimed Year With International Tour - Christian Sands Upcoming International Tour Dates:  October 10 / Blue Note Milano / Milan, Italy October 11 / Jazzclub Q4 / Rheinfelden, Germany October 12 / Jazz Club Bix / Stuttgart, Germany October 13 / Jazz Club Unterfahrt / Munich, Germany October 14 / Ferrara Jazz Club / Ferrara, Italy October 16 / Ronnie Scott’s / London, UK October 17 / Magic Mirrors / Toulouse, France October 18 / Tourcoing…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Christian McBride – “Bringin’ It” – Mack Avenue Records - “Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years.” – NPR “The deep, dark-maple tone that Christian McBride elicits from an upright bass is one of jazz’s forthright pleasures, and so is the pleasure he seems…
  • Dave Bennett – “Blood Moon” – Available October 20 - A “blood moon” is a natural phenomenon that evokes a sense of foreboding yet captivating wonderment. However, the moon eventually returns to its natural state, shedding its reddish hues back to normalcy. Clarinetist Dave Bennett has not returned to normalcy and neither has his music. Blood Moon, Bennett’s sophomore release for Mack Avenue Records, is a dark and reflective…
  • John Beasley – “MONK’estra Vol. 2” – Available September 1 - If one were to have access to a time machine and could go back to see legendary bandleader Thelonious Monk in concert during the 1950s and ‘60s, you’d likely see him so compelled by the music that he would retreat from his piano mid-performance and conduct his band, no matter how small or large, through…

ARTISTS

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Aaron Diehl

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Billy Childs

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Cameron Graves

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

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Charlie Parker

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Christian Sands

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Chuck Owen

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Cyrille Aimée

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Dave Bennett

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Dominick Farinacci

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Jimmy Chamberlin Complex

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Jimmy Greene

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Joey DeFrancesco

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John Beasley

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John Raymond

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Kenny Garrett

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Oscar, With Love

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Sean Jones

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Sherman Irby

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The Lao Tizer Band

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Warren Wolf

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Yellowjackets

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