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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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  • Mack Avenue Music Group Congratulates Pianist Danilo Perez and Yellowjackets on Three GRAMMY® Award Nominations - Mack Avenue Music Group Congratulates Pianist Danilo Perez and Yellowjackets on Three GRAMMY® Award Nominations “I envision Crisálida as a protected space where we all come together, whether we’re addressing immigration issues, climate change, environmental justice, science, interconnecting different art forms. We need to work together to build our new crisálida, which, to me, is the emotional, mental…
  • GIG ALERT: Yellowjackets @ Blues Alley, September 30 – October 2 - GIG ALERT: Yellowjackets Celebrate the Release of Parallel Motion at Blues Alley in Washington DC on September 30 – October 2   Performances at 7:00 and 9:00PM Tickets Available Online Now   Parallel Motion is Available Now on Mack Avenue Records     “Together on Parallel Motion, they demonstrate remarkable agility, chemistry, and borderline telepathy.”…
  • Yellowjackets | “Parallel Motion” | Available Now via Mack Avenue Records - Yellowjackets Enter Fifth Decade Sounding as Fresh as Ever on Parallel Motion   Available Now on Mack Avenue Records Critical Acclaim for Parallel Motion: “Together on Parallel Motion, they demonstrate remarkable agility, chemistry, and borderline telepathy.” — JazzTimes “By virtue of rhythmic variety and a love for melody that doesn’t just do the bare minimum, Los Angeles’ elegant…
  • Joey DeFrancesco: April 10, 1971-August 25, 2022 - Joey DeFrancesco April 10, 1971 – August 25, 2022 DeFrancesco, Credited with the Resurgence of the Hammond Organ in Jazz, Passes Away at Age 51 Read Obituary from NPR Photo Credit: Michael Woodall GRAMMY®-nominated phenomenon Joey DeFrancesco, who was credited with the resurgence of the Hammond organ in jazz, died on August 25 at the age…
  • GIG ALERT: John Beasley’s MONK’estra on Tour with Chucho Valdes in California - John Beasley’s MONK’estra Big Band Joins Chucho Valdés La Creación Tour in California GRAMMY® Awarded John Beasley Brings his MONK’estra Septet to Dizzy’s, Jazz at Lincoln Center, NY Celebrating Thelonious Monk’s 105th Birthday For more information on John Beasley, please visit: JohnBeasleyMusic.com | Facebook | Instagram Listen to MONK’estra Plays John Beasley For media inquiries, please contact: DL Media · ‭(610) 420-8470‬ Don Lucoff · don@dlmediamusic.com Leah Concialdi · leah@dlmediamusic.com For…
  • Kenny Garrett @ Blue Note, New York: September 1 – 4 - Saxophonist Kenny Garrett Performs at Blue Note in New York, September 1-4 Tickets Available Online Now National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master  Downbeat Critics Poll Winner, Alto Saxophone Sounds from the Ancestors Now Available via Mack Avenue Records Photo Credit: Jimmy Katz “File this album under ‘most aptly named.’” — Afropop “Garrett, the consummate performer,…
  • Brian Bromberg’s Unapologetically Funky Big Bombastic Ten Piece Band Plays Three Show in Los Angeles - GIG ALERT: Brian Bromberg’s Unapologetically Funky Big Bombastic Ten Piece Band World-Renowned Bassist and Producer Brian Bromberg Escapes the Pandemic Blues with a Vibrant, Funky Album that Conjures the Spirit of the Open Road Available Now on Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, A Little Driving Music Features an All-Star Cast of Musicians Including Dave Koz, Marion Meadows,…
  • GIG ALERT: Yellowjackets @ Vibrato Grill Jazz, August 28 - GIG ALERT: Yellowjackets Celebrate the Release of Parallel Motion at Vibrato Grill Jazz in Los Angeles on August 28 Performances at 6:30 and 9:00PM Tickets Available Online Now Parallel Motion is Available August 26 on Mack Avenue Records Photo Credit: Roberto Cifarelli Yellowjackets perform at Vibrato Grill Jazz in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28…
  • GIG ALERT: Yellowjackets @ Vibrato Grill Jazz, August 28 - GIG ALERT: Yellowjackets Celebrate the Release of Parallel Motion at Vibrato Grill Jazz in Los Angeles on August 28 Performances at 6:30 and 9:00PM Tickets Available Online Now Parallel Motion is Available August 26 on Mack Avenue Records Photo Credit: Roberto Cifarelli Yellowjackets perform at Vibrato Grill Jazz in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28…
  • Blast Off to the Seven Spheres with Cameron Graves on Friday, July 15 - Blast Off to the Seven Spheres with Cameron Graves The Pianist/Composer Premieres the Full Concert of Live From the Seven Spheres on YouTube at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 15 Watch Cameron Graves’ Live From the Seven Spheres Full Concert “…the music was a bombastic kind of post-Chick Corea fusion, with two-fisted,…

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