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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

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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  • Christian Sands’ Releases New Track “Sonar” - Critically Acclaimed Pianist/Composer Christian Sands Releases New Single “Sonar“ Be Water Available for Pre-Order Now, Available July 17 via Mack Avenue Records Album Features Yasushi Nakamura, Clarence Penn, Marvin Sewell, Marcus Strickland, Sean Jones and Steve Davis On his stunning new album, pianist Christian Sands takes inspiration from water’s tranquility and power and muses on the possibilities offered by echoing…
  • Mack Avenue Music Group Presents First Listen Fridays - MACK AVENUE MUSIC GROUP PRESENTS FIRST LISTEN FRIDAYS Plus Updated Street Dates for Connie Han’s Iron Starlet – June 12 and Christian Sands’ Be Water – July 17 Mack Avenue Music Group is proud to present First Listen Fridays, a new weekly online music series featuring new and exclusive music from the artists you love. Showcasing previews of music from upcoming albums,…
  • Available Now: Erroll Garner | “Feeling is Believe” (Octave Remastered Series) via Mack Avenue Records - Octave Music and Mack Avenue Music Group Announce Final Four Releases to Erroll Garner’s Critically Acclaimed Octave Remastered Series AVAILABLE TODAY – Feeling Is Believing April 17: Gemini May 15: Magician June 12: Gershwin & Kern Newly Restored and Expanded Editions of 12 Classic Albums from Legendary Jazz Legend Erroll Garner, Available via Mack Avenue Records Acclaim for the Octave…
  • Christian Sands | “Be Water” Available July 17 via Mack Avenue Records - Pianist Christian Sands Finds Inspiration in the Multitude of Form, Infinite Fluidity and Life-Giving Vitality of Water on Third Full Length Album for Mack Avenue Records Be Water, Due Out July 17, Features Yasushi Nakamura, Clarence Penn, Marvin Sewell, Marcus Strickland, Sean Jones and Steve Davis Music Conjures Serenity and Violence of Water Through Sweeping,…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Erroll Garner | “That’s My Kick” (Octave Remastered Series) via Mack Avenue Records - Available Now: Mack Avenue Music Group & Octave Music’s Octave Remastered Series Presents Erroll Garner’s That’s My Kick with Previously Unreleased Music Newly Restored and Expanded Editions of Classic Albums from the Acclaimed Jazz Legend One New Remastered Album to Follow Each Month Through June 2020: Next Release in Octave Remastered Series: Up In Erroll’s Room —…
  • Aaron Diehl | “The Vagabond” | Available February 14 via Mack Avenue Records - Pianist Aaron Diehl Exudes Sophistication & Lyricism on The Vagabond: Available February 14 via Mack Avenue Records First Record Since 2015 Features Mix of Originals and Standards Alongside Longtime Collaborators, Bassist Paul Sikivie and Drummer Gregory Hutchinson Aaron Diehl’s elegant pianism and musical sophistication take center stage once again on his third album for Mack Avenue…
  • Christian McBride | “The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons” | Available February 7 via Mack Avenue Records - After Finding Solace in Learning Black American History Through Kindred Writers in his Grandmother’s Magazines, Christian McBride Turns His Childhood Fascination into 20-Year-Long Civil Rights Project The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons, Available February 7 on Mack Avenue Records Highlights Civil Rights Icons Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King…
  • Erroll Garner Octave Remastered Series | “A Night At The Movies” on Mack Avenue - Erroll Garner’s Octave Remastered Series Continues with A Night at the Movies – Available October 18 on Mack Avenue Records Newly Restored and Expanded Editions of 12 Classic Albums from Acclaimed Jazz Legend Erroll Garner November 15 Release: Campus Concert Recent Acclaim for the Octave Remastered Series: “These albums have left me looking forward to what else is…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: First Four Titles in Erroll Garner’s “Octave Remastered Series” on Mack Avenue Records - Mack Avenue Music Group & Octave Music’s Octave Remastered Series Releases First Four Titles Out Today: Dreamstreet, Closeup in Swing, One World Concert, A New Kind of Love Newly Restored and Expanded Editions of 12 Classic Albums from Acclaimed Jazz Legend Erroll Garner One New Remastered Album to Follow Each Month Through June 2020 A Night…

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