Mack Avenue Records

19900 Harper Ave.
Harper Woods, MI 48225
ph. 1-888-640-6225
em. [email protected]


Detroit Ann Arbor

Mack Avenue Records

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 Shearing, Gerald Wilson, OscarCastro-Neves, Terry 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.

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50 Years of Funk and Soul

Tower of Power
published: April 15, 2021

This Bitter Earth

Veronica Swift
published: March 29, 2021

This Bitter Earth

Veronica Swift
published: March 01, 2021

This Bitter Earth

Veronica Swift
published: February 07, 2021

Future Stride

Emmet Cohen
published: January 27, 2021

MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

John Beasley
published: December 17, 2020

Iron Starlet

Connie Han
published: August 10, 2020

Be Water

Christian Sands
published: May 20, 2020


Warren Wolf
published: April 15, 2020

Iron Starlet

Connie Han
published: April 05, 2020

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