Mack Avenue Music GroupMore Than 25 Projects Released in 2018 – CDs, EPs and Vinyl – Alongside Announcement of Brand New Imprint Under Christian McBride’s Direction, Brother Mister Productions

Mack Avenue Music Group is celebrating a magnificent year which included more than 25 releases and the launch of a new imprint. The newly re-branded parent company to Mack Avenue Records, Artistry Music, Rendezvous Music, Sly Dog Records, MaxJazz, Detroit Music Factory, and Brother Mister Productions is preparing to celebrate its landmark 20th anniversary in 2019 with a new modern logo.

The record label, which was founded independently in 1999 by Gretchen Valade, was conceived purely out of a genuine love for the music. With an infrastructure that grew around the passion, the label began to take shape in the early 2000s and now boasts an esteemed list of GRAMMY® Award wins.

In 2018, a year where Mack Avenue was the amongst the most nominated of all independent record labels across any genre for the 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, the label released new projects from its critically acclaimed longstanding artists and made pivotal new signings with icons such as Chucho Valdés and Macy Gray. Furthermore, the label forged relationships with the estates of Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner to release historic recordings.

This also marks another prolific year for its vinyl release program, with beautifully packaged albums by Macy Gray, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gary Burton, Christian McBride, Tower of Power, Erroll Garner, Christian Sands, and more. Additionally, Mack Avenue made their first steps into EP territory with thoughtfully curated digital-only releases from Christian Sands, Cameron Graves, Jeffrey Osborne, and Jesse Palter.

Christian McBride also made waves within the organization, launching his own imprint: Brother Mister Productions. The unparalleled bassist debuts his latest group, New Jawn, with an eponymous release on the newly-minted imprint.
“This has been an exciting and pivotal year for us and we are hard at work continuing on that path for 2019,” comments Mack Avenue Music Group President Denny Stilwell.

Since its inception, Mack Avenue Music Group has continually developed and nourished the growing careers of legends and new young lions alike. Having been home and family to incredibly talented artists such as Christian McBride, Stanley Clarke, Yellowjackets, Danilo Pérez, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Christian Sands, Cameron Graves, the late Gerald Wilson, and more, Mack Avenue is looking forward to another stellar year with new releases from Joey DeFrancesco, Cyrille Aimée, Julian Lage, Herlin Riley, Christian McBride, and more.

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