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MACK AVENUE

Mack Avenue Records

CONTACTS

Publicists:
Maureen McFadden

Secondary Publicists:
Matthew Jurasek
Gabrielle Howarth
Don Lucoff

Label Contact:
Cameron Smith
Shannon Moore
Sharon Green

Radio Contact:
Mark Rini // 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

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NEWS

  • Tia Fuller | “Diamond Cut” | Available May 25 via Mack Avenue Records - An Empowered Tia Fuller Returns After Six Year Recording Hiatus: Saxophonist Withstood Extreme Pressures, Came Out Radiating Pure Light Diamond Cut, Available May 25 via Mack Avenue Records; Pre-Orders Available This Friday, April 20 Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Album Features: Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, James Genus, Adam Rogers, Bill Stewart, and Sam Yahel Saxophonist,…
  • Cyrille Aimée | “Cyrille Aimée Live” | Available June 22 via Mack Avenue Records - Cyrille Aimée Turns the Page with Live Finale of Longstanding Band While Looking to New Adventures in Music and Life Cyrille Aimée Live – Available June 22 on Mack Avenue Records 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…
  • 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…

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Aaron Diehl

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Billy Childs

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Cyrille Aimée

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Dave Bennett

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Dominick Farinacci

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Jimmy Greene

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Kenny Garrett

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Sean Jones

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Tia Fuller

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