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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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17
Christian Sands
SFJazz Center
201 Franklin St, Sf, CA 94102
Oct
18
Christian Sands
SFJazz Center
201 Franklin St, Sf, CA 94102
Oct
18
Chucho Valdés
Bing Concert Hall – Stanford University
327 Lasuen Street Stanford, CA 94305
Oct
18
Christian Sands
SFJazz Center
201 Franklin St, Sf, CA 94102
Oct
19
Christian Sands
SFJazz Center
201 Franklin St, Sf, CA 94102
Oct
19
Chucho Valdés
The Soraya
18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330-8448
Oct
19
Christian Sands
SFJazz Center
201 Franklin St, Sf, CA 94102
Oct
20
Christian Sands
SFJazz Center
201 Franklin St, Sf, CA 94102
Oct
20
Chucho Valdés
Campbell Hall
Building 538, University of California, Santa Barbara, Mesa Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Oct
20
Christian Sands
SFJazz Center
201 Franklin St, Sf, CA 94102
Nov
19
Stanley Clarke
Blue Note Jazz Club
131 W. 3rd St, New York, NY 10012 Additional performances at 10:30PM all nights at the same location
Nov
22
Christian Sands
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102

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  • Veronica Swift | “Confessions” | Available August 30 via Mack Avenue Records - Rising Young Vocalist Veronica Swift Shines Light on Oft-Overlooked Songs with Relatable Meaning on New Album, Confessions Available August 30 via Mack Avenue Records Album Features Bands Led by Benny Green and Emmet Cohen At just 25 years old, Veronica Swift has built a résumé that even many late-career jazz singers would envy: tours as a featured vocalist…
  • Saxophonist Steve Cole | “Gratitude” | Available July 26 via Artistry Music - Saxophonist Steve Cole Shows Appreciation for Supporters with Healing Energy on Gratitude, Co-Produced by Longtime Collaborator David Mann Album Available July 26 on Artistry Music It’s during the times when we’re confronted with life’s hardest struggles that we learn to appreciate the humanity around us. On his latest album, Gratitude, saxophonist Steve Cole offers thanks for the people who’ve…
  • Herlin Riley | “Perpetual Optimism” | Available April 12 via Mack Avenue Records - Veteran New Orleans Drummer Herlin Riley Looks to the Bright Side on Perpetual Optimism Original Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Drummer Reconvenes Fiery Young Ensemble Featuring Emmet Cohen, Godwin Louis, Bruce Harris and Russell Hall Available April 12 on Mack Avenue Records Read: Exclusive Album Announcement + First Single “Twelve’s It” from Jazziz “I want…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Joey DeFrancesco’s “In The Key Of The Universe” | Mack Avenue Records - Out Tomorrow on Mack Avenue Records: Master Organist Joey DeFrancesco to Release Adventurous New Album In The Key Of The Universe, Album Features Pharoah Sanders, Troy Roberts, Billy Hart & Sammy Figueroa Celebrates 30th Anniversary of DeFrancesco’s Debut Album & 50th Anniversary of “The Creator Has A Master Plan” “Joey DeFrancesco – ‘In The Key Of…
  • Mack Avenue Music Group Congratulates Cécile McLorin Salvant on Third Consecutive GRAMMY® Award Win - Mack Avenue Music Group Congratulates Cécile McLorin Salvant on Third Consecutive GRAMMY® Award Win in Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Window — Duo Album with Pianist Sullivan Fortner Watch Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert “The 21st century may not be a terrible time to be alive as a jazz…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez’s “Duologue” - Out Today on Mack Avenue Records: Cuba’s Most Exciting and Innovative Artists, Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez, Release Critically Acclaimed Duo Album, Duologue Album Featured by NPR “First Listen” & The Wall Street Journal North American Tour Kicks Off February 2 They combine their impressive musical talents on an album that demonstrates how flexible those traditions can be…
  • DownBeat Premieres Cyrille Aimée’s New Single “Being Alive” - DownBeat Premieres Cyrille Aimée’s New Single “Being Alive“ Move On: A Sondheim Adventure – Available for Pre-order Album Arrives February 22 via Mack Avenue Records Acclaimed vocalist Cyrille Aimée’s second single, “Being Alive,” off her upcoming release Move On: A Sondheim Adventure, was exclusively premiered today via DownBeat. The track will be available on all streaming platforms this Friday, January 25, 2019. About Move…
  • Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Announce North American Tour - Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Announce North American Tour Supporting Upcoming Duo Album, Duologue Album Available February 1 on Mack Avenue Records – First Single, “Africa,” and Pre-Order Available Now Alfredo Rodriguez + Pedrito Martinez Tour Dates: Feb. 2 / MCG Jazz / Pittsburgh, PA Feb. 7 / LRW Hall (Kimball Ballroom) / Columbia, MO Feb. 8 / Walton Arts Center / Fayetteville, AR…
  • Joey DeFrancesco | “In The Key Of The Universe” | Available March 1 via Mack Avenue Records - Master Organist Joey DeFrancesco to Release Adventurous New Album In The Key Of The Universe, March 1 on Mack Avenue Records Album Features Pharoah Sanders, Troy Roberts, Billy Hart & Sammy Figueroa Celebrates 30th Anniversary of DeFrancesco’s Debut Album & 50th Anniversary of “The Creator Has A Master Plan” Read Album Announcement & Listen to First…

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