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MACK AVENUE Music Group

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CONTACTS

Label Publicist:
Maureen McFadden

Publicists:
Nuria Hunter
Don Lucoff

Label Contact:
Matthew Jurasek
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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  • VINYL OUT TODAY: Joey Alexander’s “Origin” - Pianist, Bandleader and Composer Joey Alexander’s First Album Featuring All Original Music, Origin: OUT NOW ON VINYL Mack Avenue Records Debut Featuring Special Guests Gilad Hekselman and Chris Potter Available as Double LPSet Pressed on Sea Glass Colored Vinyl Performing July 7-10 at SFJAZZ in San Francisco, CA Before Departing for European Tour Critical Acclaim…
  • Mack Avenue Music Group Artists Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Emmet Cohen Win JJA Awards - REMINDER Mack Avenue Music Group Artists Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Emmet Cohen Bring Home 2022 Awards from Jazz Journalists Association   Plus Mack Avenue Records Wins Label of the Year Mack Avenue Music Group artists Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Emmet Cohen have been named winners at the 27th annual Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Awards. Mack Avenue Records, an independent jazz…
  • REMINDER: Joey Alexander’s Mack Avenue Records Debut Featuring All Original Music - REMINDER Pianist, Bandleader and Composer Joey Alexander to Release Origin, First Album Featuring All Originals on Mack Avenue Records Debut   Available May 20 Digitally and on CD; Available June 24 on Vinyl ON TOUR NOW May 3 – 4 | Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley | Seattle, WA May 6 | Lesher Center | Walnut Creek, CA May 7 | Kuumbwa | Santa…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Cameron Graves | “Live from the Seven Spheres” | Artistry Music - Digital Only Release AVAILABLE NOW via Artistry Music   Pianist/Composer Cameron Graves Explores Action as Third Chapter in Trinity with Unapologetic Powerhouse Live Album, Live from the Seven Spheres   Longtime Quartet featuring Guitarist Colin Cook, Bassist Max Gerl and Drummer Mike Mitchell Return with Compelling Performance   Check Out “The End of Corporatism (Live)”…
  • Christian McBride Wins Eighth Award at 64th Annual GRAMMYs - Christian McBride Big Band’s For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver, Featuring Longtime Collaborators Mark Whitfield and Joey DeFrancesco, Wins GRAMMY® Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album This Win Marks Eighth GRAMMY Award Overall for McBride and Third for Christian McBride Big Band Mack Avenue Music Group is proud to congratulate Christian McBride on his eighth GRAMMY® Award win. In a…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Danilo Perez | “Crisalida” | Mack Avenue Records - GRAMMY® Award-Winning Pianist, Composer, Educator and Social Activist Danilo Pérez Reaches New Artistic Heights with Crisálida, Featuring His New Formidable Ensemble, the Global Messengers   Available Now via Mack Avenue Records ORDER NOW GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist, composer and educator Danilo Pérez hopes to usher in a new era of enlightenment that will unite all of humanity with his epic new album, Crisálida,…
  • Joey Alexander | “Origin” | Available May 20 via Mack Avenue Records - Pianist, Bandleader and Composer Joey Alexander to Release Origin, First Album Featuring All Originals on Mack Avenue Records Debut   Longtime Collaborators Larry Grenadier and Kendrick Scott Return Alongside Special Guests Gilad Hekselman and Chris Potter Available May 20 Digitally and on CD; Available June 24 on Vinyl   Tour Announcement Forthcoming It’s no coincidence two…
  • Cameron Graves | “Live from the Seven Spheres” | Available April 8 via Artistry Music - Pianist/Composer Cameron Graves Explores Action as Third Chapter in Trinity with Unapologetic Powerhouse Live Album, Live from the Seven Spheres   Longtime Quartet featuring Guitarist Colin Cook, Bassist Max Gerl and Drummer Mike Mitchell Return with Compelling Performance   Digital Only Release Available April 8 via Artistry Music With 2017’s Planetary Prince and 2021’s Seven, pianist/composer Cameron Graves established himself…
  • Christian McBride’s “The Q Sessions” Now Available Across All Platforms - Christian McBride’s Qobuz-Commissioned Album The Q Sessions Now Available Across All Platforms Seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz artist Christian McBride partnered with Qobuz, the Hi-Res streaming and download service, last year to produce The Q Sessions EP. Released exclusively through their streaming platform last year, the project is now available across all platforms. The release comes on the heels of Christian McBride &…
  • Joey Alexander Signs to Mack Avenue Records | Label Debut “Origin” Coming This Spring - Joey Alexander Signs to Mack Avenue Records   Label Debut Origin—His First Album of All Originals—Coming This Spring Photo Credit: Stevie Chris Mack Avenue Music Group is proud to announce the signing of Joey Alexander, whose label debut Origin—his first album of all originals—is slated for a late spring release with vinyl coming early summer. “I’m honored to be…

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