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MACK AVENUE

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

Sep
24
Dave Bennett
The View
3273 NY-28, Old Forge, New York 13420
Sep
28
Warren Wolf
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Residency Concerts
San Francisco, California
Sep
29
Dave Bennett
Southern Oregon Music Festival
Medford, Oregon
Sep
29
Warren Wolf
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Residency Concerts
San Francisco, California
Sep
30
Dave Bennett
Southern Oregon Music Festival
Medford, Oregon
Sep
30
Warren Wolf
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Residency Concerts
San Francisco, California
Sep
30
Yellowjackets
University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab
Edmond, Oklahoma
Oct
1
Dave Bennett
Southern Oregon Music Festival
Medford, Oregon
Oct
4
Dave Bennett
Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
97 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236
Oct
5
Dave Bennett
Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
97 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236
Oct
6
Dave Bennett
Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
97 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236
Oct
6
Kevin Eubanks
Rococo Theatre
140 N 13th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Oct
7
Dave Bennett
Shield’s Pizza
25101 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, Michigan 48034
Oct
7
Dave Bennett
Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
97 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236
Oct
7
Kevin Eubanks
North Central College Fine & Performing Arts
310 E Benton Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60540
Oct
8
Kevin Eubanks
Wildey Theatre
252 N Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
Oct
10
Jimmy Greene
Birdland
315 W 44th St, New York, New York 10036
Oct
10
Jimmy Greene
Birdland
315 W 44th St, New York, New York 10036
Oct
11
John Beasley
Jefferson Center
541 Luck Ave SW #221, Roanoke, Virginia 24016
Oct
11
Jimmy Greene
Birdland
315 W 44th St, New York, New York 10036
Oct
11
Jimmy Greene
Birdland
315 W 44th St, New York, New York 10036
Oct
12
Joey DeFrancesco
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
10 Columbus Cir, New York, New York 10019
Oct
12
John Beasley
Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St, New York, New York 10016
Oct
12
Jimmy Greene
Birdland
315 W 44th St, New York, New York 10036
Oct
12
John Beasley
Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St, New York, New York 10016
Oct
12
Jimmy Greene
Birdland
315 W 44th St, New York, New York 10036
Oct
13
Joey DeFrancesco
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
10 Columbus Cir, New York, New York 10019
Oct
13
John Beasley
Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St, New York, New York 10016
Oct
13
Dave Bennett
Straz Center
1010 N PI, Tampa, Florida 33602
Oct
13
Chris’ Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102

NEWS

  • 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…
  • Christian McBride – “Bringin It” – Available September 22 - Iconic bassist Christian McBride has been doing what the title of his upcoming big band album implores for years: Bringin’ It. This highly anticipated release, which follows the Christian McBride Big Band’s 2011 Grammy® Award-winning debut, The Good Feeling, puts his status and skills as an all-around entertainer on full display. With a list of…
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant – “Dreams and Daggers” – Available September 29 - 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…
  • Cameron Graves Announces 2-LP 120-gram Vinyl Release of Critically Acclaimed Debut Album “Planetary Prince” - CAMERON GRAVES – Visionary Pianist & West Coast Get Down Founding Member Announces 2-LP 120-gram Vinyl Release of Critically Acclaimed Debut Album Planetary Prince  Available May 26 via Mack Avenue Records Available For Pre-Order Now    Planetary Prince, the debut album from West Coast Get Down founding member and cosmic pianist Cameron Graves, is to…
  • Jimmy Greene – “Flowers – Beautiful Life, Volume 2” – Available April 28 -   AVAILABLE NOW on Mack Avenue RecordsSaxophonist Jimmy Greene Further Memorializes the Life of Late Daughter with Groove-Filled Release, Flowers — Beautiful Life, Volume 2   Ana Márquez-Greene was One of Many Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting in December 2012   Upcoming Jimmy Greene Performances: April 27 – April 30 | Jazz Standard | New York, NY…
  • Sean Jones – “Live from Jazz at the Bistro” – Available May 26 - The young jazz veteran trumpeter Sean Jones believes passionately in championing the creative arc of artists who are committed to their life journey. “I think the progression of the art form [jazz] comes with people being allowed to be themselves in their rawest form with no compromise,” he has noted and added, “My body of…
  • Available Now: Cameron Graves – “Planetary Prince” – Mack Avenue Records - The release of Kamasi Washington’s The Epic last year marked a seismic shift in the jazz landscape and the game-changing arrival of the genre-blurring Los Angeles collective West Coast Get Down. That evolution continues with the release of Planetary Prince, the debut album by visionary pianist, keyboardist, composer and WCGD founding member Cameron Graves. Upon…
  • Christian Sands – “Reach” – Available April 21 - With his debut Mack Avenue Records recording, REACH, singularly talented pianist and five-time Grammy® Award nominee Christian Sands is stretching into exciting progressive territory as he breaks new ground traversing from the straight-ahead zone into fresh-sounding music influenced by a range of styles, from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-hop beats to dirty blues with an edge.…
  • Kevin Eubanks – “East West Time Line” – Available April 7 - Since his 18-year tenure as guitarist and music director of TV’s The Tonight Show Band ended in 2010, Philadelphia-born guitarist, composer Kevin Eubanks has been on a creative roll. On East West Time Line, Eubanks explores the chemistry he maintains with musicians on both coasts. And once again, his distinctive fingerstyle approach to the instrument is in the service of tunes…

ARTISTS

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Aaron Diehl

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Billy Childs

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Charlie Parker

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Christian McBride

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Dave Bennett

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Kenny Garrett

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Warren Wolf

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Yellowjackets

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