Long Way From St. Louis – Cécile McLorin Salvant with the David Berger Orchestra.
Detroit Jazz Festival – Labor Day Weekend 2013
Liberty Avenue Stroll written by Sean Jones and performed by The Mack Avenue SuperBand at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival.
Piano: Aaron Diehl
Bass: Rodney Whitaker
Drums: Carl Allen
Trumpet: Sean Jones
Alto Sax: Tia Fuller
A popular phrase in years past was “Life Begins at 60,” but Gary Burton—as he has done so often throughout his career—is rewriting the book on retirement. Having turned 70 in January, an age when most artists begin to solely look back, Burton forges ahead with his new Mack Avenue Records album, Guided Tour, which solidifies the reputation of his next great band, The New Gary Burton Quartet.
Cécile McLorin Salvant – I Didn’t Know What Time it Was
Jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant recently turned 23 and is still mostly unknown to jazz audiences, though not for much longer.
Mack Avenue Records has signed singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Salvant, will release her debut album, Woman Child, next year.
Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation.
Richard Elliot – Inner City Blues from his release ‘In The Zone’ on Mack Avenue Records / Artistry Music.
Sting singing “Consider Me Gone” with Christian McBride. This performance will appear on the upcoming release “Conversations With Christian” on Mack Avenue Records.
“I think the duet is a logical extension of the nature of the bass itself,” McBride says. “It’s the root. Joe Zawinul once stated that the drums are the father of all music, and the bass is the mother. I had a hard time disagreeing. The bass has the rhythm and the pulse, and also the notes and harmonies. That would seem to make it the ideal instrument for any sort of duet.”
On his latest Mack Avenue recording, Friends, Jordan takes the time-honored path of inviting a handpicked cadre of guests: guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Stern, Russell Malone and Charlie Hunter; violinist Regina Carter; saxophonists Kenny Garrett and Ronnie Laws; trumpeter Nicholas Payton; bassists Christian McBride and Charnett Moffett; and drummer Kenwood Dennard.
It’s no exaggeration to state that the release of Warren Wolf, the eponymous debut album for Mack Avenue Records by Warren Wolf, will make it as apparent to jazz fans as it already is to jazz insiders that the 31-year-old vibraphonist is the next major voice on his instrument.
Rick Braun’s been playing trumpet since he was a kid. No news there for the legions of fans his richly melodic playing style has attracted since the release of his first album, Intimate Secrets in 1993. Less known is the fact that he’s been a singer, and a good one (backing Rod Stewart and Sade among others, with vocals as well as his stellar trumpet) for most of his life, as well.
Gerald Wilson, jazz’s reigning composer/orchestrator pays homage to his adopted hometown, Chicago on his fifth Mack Avenue Records release, Legacy.