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.
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 Butler, Kirk Whalum, Rahsaan Patterson, Brian Bromberg, Rick Braun, Richard 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 Garrett, Stanley Jordan, Christian McBride, Yellowjackets, Danilo Pérez, Gary 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 Clarke and Alfredo Rodríquez (2015) and Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jimmy Greene, Kirk 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!
Mack Avenue Music Group
18530 Mack Avenue, #299
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
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INTERNSHIPS AT MACK AVENUE
Are you a music industry or marketing/business major looking for an educational and productive internship to complement your college experience?
Get hands-on music industry experience while earning college credits by interning for an exciting jazz and R&B record label and publishing company. Mack Avenue Records offers internships at both its Detroit and Los Angeles offices. We are looking for sharp, motivated student interns in the following departments:
– Sales & Marketing
– Music Licensing & Publishing
– Creative Services + Production
Duties will vary depending on the departmental needs. Interns may be responsible for conducting research, managing inventory, database maintenance, promotional mailings, proofreading, graphic design, general administrative tasks such as filing and copying, and special projects as needed.
To be considered, you must be currently enrolled in a college or university and provide documentation confirming that you will receive school credit. Our internships are unpaid and for school credit only.
To apply, click the button below and fill out the internship application. Please specify your session preference (Spring, Summer or Fall) and submit your resume with your application.
Our internship coordinator will contact you via email or telephone to continue the process. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regretfully cannot respond to every submission.
Thank you for your interest in Mack Avenue Records.
We look forward to hearing from you!