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2022

Out This Friday: Danilo Pérez’s
New Single “Monopatia (Pathways)”

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Danilo Pérez‘s new album, Crisálida, is coming soon! The album’s four-part “La Muralla (Glass Walls) Suite” occupies the first half of the two-part album.

On “Monopatia (Pathways),” the first single from “La Muralla (Glass Walls) Suite,” Pérez initiates a suspenseful musical dialogue with Vasilis Kostas before the rest of the band enters, establishing a 21st century universal blues that connects the dots between Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sonic imprints, African American sensibilities and Latin America’s rhythmic and melodic flourishes. The composition also showcases Paricia Zárate Pérez’s commanding spoken-word artistry as well as Erini’s poignant singing.

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OUT SOON: Bonus Tracks to
The Soul Rebels’ 360 Reality Audio Album
Poetry In Motion

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Have you experienced The Soul Rebels through 360 Reality Audio yet? The band’s album, Poetry In Motion, is now available as 360 Reality Audio on Amazon Music. Don’t miss out on “More Motion” – two bonus tracks from the Poetry in Motion sessions – coming on January 14.
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Oscar Peterson’s New Album Review
in London Jazz News

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This double CD set finds Canadian piano maestro Oscar Peterson with his quartet in 1987 on the last night of a long tour. The results are a feast of exuberant, classic high-quality jazz, a 35-year-old time capsule which still sounds freshly minted and bursting with Peterson panache.” – London Jazz News
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On December 26, 2021, the world lost Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu – a true hero and inspiration for all. South Africa’s own Jonathan Butler traveled to Cape Town for the Archbishop’s memorial.

Click below to view photos and videos from his trip paying tribute to the lost icon.

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Jazz bassist, bandleader, multi-GRAMMY® Award winner and current nominee, Christian McBride consistently delivers some of the most relentlessly-grooving music in jazz today. If you like your jazz soulful and in-the-pocket, McBride’s your man, as the selections in this hand-picked playlist clearly attest.
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Give the Gift of Jazz

’Tis the season! Gift this year’s releases from Christian McBrideJoey DeFrancescoErroll GarnerTower of Power and many more! Shop today to guarantee you receive your gift by Christmas!
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Get cozy with family and friends, and warm up with a collection of Mack Avenue’s Christmas classics, featuring Kirk WhalumWarren WolfChristian McBride and others.
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Give the Gift of Jazz

‘Tis the season! Join us in celebrating the holidays with a selection of holiday music from your favorite artists such as Kirk WhalumJonathan ButlerBrian BrombergWarren Wolf and more!
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Erroll Garner’s “No More Shadows”
Feature on NPR

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NPR featured legendary pianist Erroll Garner. Read their fascinating review of Garner and his music, jazz’s place in history, and how it all affected Adele‘s “All Night Parking” and current pop as a result.

“‘All Night Parking’ marks a pivot point on 30from guilt-ridden heartache to some form of spiritual and sensual release… As for the music: The song incorporates a long sample bed from ‘No More Shadows,’ a Garner ballad that sparkles with his trademark elaborative filigree.” – NPR

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Congratulations To Our
GRAMMY® Award Nominated Artists

Congratulations to Mack Avenue’s artists Christian McBride Big Band and Yellowjackets + WDR Big Band! Both ensembles have earned a nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in the 64th GRAMMY® Awards!

Get your copy of the GRAMMY®-nominated albums For Jimmy, Wes, and Oliver by Christian McBride Big Band, available as CD and 2-LP (180 gram) and Jackets XL by Yellowjackets + WDR Big Band on CD.

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Michael Mayo is a Featured Vocalist in
London Jazz News

“American Michael Mayo began ‘You and You’ with leaping arpeggios, Bobby McFerrin-style, using the voice as an instrument. He had a deep vocal timbre all his own, on a jumpy groove. When he reached up into falsetto in ‘Cure’ there was superb control, but he never lost touch with his emotional core.” – London Jazz News
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A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Jonathan Butler began singing and playing guitar at age seven. Butler is well respected in the smooth jazz and R&B fields, and the gospel arena with his iconic GRAMMY®-nominated hit “Falling In Love With Jesus.”
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Kirk Whalum Is Honored With
The USCT Humanitarian Award


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Congratulations to saxophonist/composer Kirk Whalum for receiving the USCT Humanitarian Award! Presented by The Fuller Story, Kirk has been celebrated as a hero of the community of Franklin, TN!

The USCT Humanitarian Award is given to recipients that have shown kindness and bravery, honoring African American heroes of the past and present. It is presented during three days of celebration and education events culminating with an unveiling and dedication of the bronze United States Color Troops Soldier Statue. The Fuller Story initiative works directly with local government officials to provide education and equal representation in the city of Franklin, TN.

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Kirk continues to inspire and spread joy with his new holiday album How Does Christmas Sound? Get your copy now to share the celebratory spirit with family and friends!
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Congratulations To Our
GRAMMY® Award Nominated Artists


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Congratulations to Mack Avenue’s artists, Christian McBride Big Band and Yellowjackets + WDR Big Band! Both ensembles have earned a nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in the 64th GRAMMY® Awards.

Get your copy of the GRAMMY®-nominated albums For Jimmy, Wes, and Oliver by Christian McBride Big Band, available as CD and 2-LP (180 gram) and Jackets XL by Yellowjackets + WDR Big Band on CD.

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Joey DeFrancesco’s Live Video
“Soul Dancing”

Watch multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco performing his single “Soul Dancing” live with Lucas Brown and Anwar M. Marshall. Listen to “Soul Dancing” from Joey’s latest album, More Music, available on CD, 2-LP (standard weight splatter color) and digital.
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Kenny Garrett’s Live Performance
at Jazztagen

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett gave an electrifying live performance at the Jazztagen in Leverkusen, Germany. You can hear the audience’s excitement during the show which aired on channel WDR.
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Friday’s New Releases: Oscar Peterson
and Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Two of the most anticipated albums are almost here! The piano icon Oscar Peterson‘s A Time For Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet – Live In Helsinki, 1987, and bass phenomenon Christian McBride & Inside Straight‘s Live At The Village Vanguard new albums will be out this Friday! Both releases are available now on sale for pre-order.Grab Oscar‘s never-before-heard music on CD and Christian McBride & Inside Straight’s on vinyl and CD before everyone else.

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Mack Avenue Music Group
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

Don’t miss out! Mack Avenue Music Group’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale ends on Monday, November 29.

Shop the Mack Avenue store for 20% off storewide, including pre-orders and test pressings from your favorite artists!

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Visit the new Christian McBride store! Find all of the bassist’s merchandise and his full catalog under Mack Avenue Music Group, including the newly GRAMMY®-nominated album For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver and the upcoming album Live at the Village Vanguard.

Shop this Black Friday/Cyber Monday week to get one slipmat with any vinyl purchase!

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Don’t forget that the sale is still running in Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson‘s stores! Get your 20% off now.
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Mack Avenue Music Group wishes you a happy Black Friday + Cyber Monday Weekend. To celebrate the holiday season, we are offering 20% off storewide starting today, Monday, November 22 through Monday, November 29.

Shop new releases from Christian McBrideOscar PetersonJazz Foundation of America, Joey DeFrancesco and Erroll Garner.

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Save 20% off select titles from the legendary pianist and composer, Erroll Garner, including the Octave Remastered Series, newly released Symphony Hall Concert and the critically acclaimed Nightconcert.
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Shop the newly launched Oscar Peterson store and pre-order your copy of A Time For Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet – Live In Helsinki, 1987. Also available: Oscar, With Love standard and deluxe CD sets and 5-LP (180 gram) deluxe boxed set.
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Exclusive Vinyl for Relief: A Benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund

An all-star compilation of previously unreleased music from top jazz artists including Jon BatisteKenny GarrettHerbie HancockHiromi, Esperanza Spalding, Christian McBride, Cécile McLorin Salvant and more. The album’s net profits will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians in need during a time of uncertainty.

Pre-order an exclusive aqua-colored Relief vinyl (2-LP 180 gram) from Vinyl Me Please, available for both members and non-members.

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Shop Online at The New
Oscar Peterson Store

Shop great music from the comfort of your home at the new Oscar Peterson online store! Mack Avenue Music Group and Two Lions have launched an exclusive store for the iconic pianist’s music.

Visit the store to pre-order Oscar Peterson‘s upcoming album A Time For Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet – Live in Helsinki, 1987, and pick up Oscar, With Love, available as three sets: Standard 3-CDs in digipak + 24-page booklet, Deluxe 3-CDs in a hardback book + 100-page booklet, and as 5-LP 180 gram in a two-piece box with 40-page booklet.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant’s New Lyric Video to “Easy Come, Easy Go Blues”

Sing along with Cécile McLorin Salvant and this new lyric video for the single “Easy Come, Easy Go Blues” from the upcoming album Relief, out this Friday, November 12.
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Dan Wilson’s New Video For His Single “The Rhythm Section”

Watch Dan Wilson in this new video for his song “The Rhythm Section,” from his latest album, Vessels of Wood and Earth. Wilson is joined by Christian Sands on piano, Marco Panascia on bass, and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums, who together give an electrifying performance for this upbeat jazz tune!
Produced by Christian McBride for Brother Mister Productions.
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GRAMMY® Museum’s Panelists Talk Erroll Garner on COLLECTION: live!

Watch GRAMMY® Museum’s official streaming service, COLLECTION: live! to hear panelists Terri Lyne Carrington (3x GRAMMY®-winning drummer, producer and educator), Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley (Historian & Professor of History and Global Jazz Studies at UCLA), Peter Lockhart (Senior Producer Erroll Garner Project) and Steve Rosenthal (4x GRAMMY® winner & Erroll Garner Project Producer) discuss how newly released recordings and fresh scholarship reveal the critical contributions Garner made for artists’ rights and his lasting impact on music that persists through today.
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OUT NOW: Oscar Peterson’s New Single
“A Time for Love”

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“A Time for Love,” the second single from Oscar Peterson‘s upcoming album, A Time for Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet – Live in Helsinki, 1987, is out now! 

Listen to Peterson’s unique take on this Johnny Mandel ballad to keep you going until the full album is out on November 26.

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Record Store Day Black Friday Vinyl Exclusive: Oscar Peterson’s A Time For Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet – Live in Helsinki, 1987

We are proud to announce that Oscar Peterson’s upcoming album, A Time For Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet – Live in Helsinki, 1987, will be available as a 180-gram 3-LP translucent blue vinyl set, EXCLUSIVELY with Record Story Day Black Friday 2021!

All Record Store Day Black Friday releases will be available at physical retailers. We encourage all music fans to go to recordstoreday.com and click the link for “participating stores” to find the record store closest to you!

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Relief: A Benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund

Relief is an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music from top Jazz artists including Jon BatisteKenny GarrettHerbie HancockHiromi, Esperanza Spalding, Christian McBride, Cécile McLorin Salvant and more.

All net proceeds from the album will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians in need during a time of uncertainty.

Relief will be out on November 12. Pre-order now as 180-gram 2-LP vinyl set, CD or digitally.

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Michael Mayo’s Interview with
Dunkin’ Latte Lounge

Watch Michael Mayo‘s fascinating interview with Josh Martinez from Dunkin’ Latte Lounge. Hear Mayo talk about his musical inspirations, influences and experiences that led him to write his latest album, Bones.

Stay through to watch him perform live “The Way” and “You & You,” two singles from the album Bones, which was also submitted for the upcoming GRAMMY® consideration in six categories, including Best New Artist, Progressive R&B Album, R&B Performance and R&B Song.

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Oscar Peterson’s New Single
“A Time for Love”

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“A Time for Love,” the second single from Oscar Peterson‘s upcoming album, A Time for Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet – Live in Helsinki, 1987, will be out on October 29Pre-save Peterson’s unique take on this Johnny Mandel ballad to be sure you won’t miss out.
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OUT NOW: Christian McBride & Inside Straight’s New Single
“The Shade of the Cedar Tree”

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“The Shade of the Cedar Tree,” Christian McBride & Inside Straight‘s new single is out now!

“The Shade of the Cedar Tree” is the second single from Live at the Village Vanguard, the band’s upcoming live performance album from the most venerated jazz club in America.

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Kenny Garrett’s New Album
Sounds from the Ancestors

“Ultimately, Sounds from the Ancestors amounts to another major work from Garrett; it easily stands with his – and the year’s – finest albums.” — All Music

Kenny Garrett’s new album Sounds from the Ancestors is the perfect addition to your vinyl collection, with art direction by the great Hollis King, album cover by the incomparable Rudy Gutierrez and liner notes from the amazing A. Scott Galloway. Available now as CD and 2-LP set (180-gram) vinyl.

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A pioneer to bring the bass to the front stage and four-time Grammy®-award winner, bass legend Stanley Clarke formed his unique sound and technique while playing with fellow jazz icons such as Miles DavisGeorge DukeChick Corea and others. From Return to Forever, through School Days, to The Message, here is a collection of his best yet.
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Erroll Garner’s Symphony Hall Concert Review on Germany’s WEGOTMUSIC

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“How he changes rhythms and harmonies, how he varies melodies, how he sets the most delicate tones against powerplay, elicits completely new facets from the songs and makes them sound incredibly fresh and lively… The Symphony Hall Concert is one of those recordings in which one wishes to have been in the hall on the evening in question. Jutting! A must have for piano fans.”
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Upcoming Shows

Catch them live: Dan Wilson and John Beasley

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Dan Wilson
Oct 23 – Bop Stop / Cleveland, OH
Nov 19  Broadway & Beyond Theatricals / Atlanta, GA
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John Beasley
Nov 5 – Knight Concert Hall / Miami, FL
Nov 9 – Phönixhalle I’m Römerkastell / Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 10 – Tollhaus / Karlsuhe, Germany
Nov 12 – Konserthuset / Stockholm, Sweden
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Christian McBride & Inside Straight’s
New Single “The Shade of the Cedar Tree”

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Christian McBride & Inside Straight are releasing “The Shade of the Cedar Tree,” the second single from Live at the Village Vanguard, their upcoming live performance album from the most venerated jazz club in America, which gave rise to the band in 2007. Add “The Shade of the Cedar Tree” to your playlist before it’s out next Wednesday, October 20th, and get ahead of the crowd.
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OUT NOW: Kenny Garrett’s New Single
“Joe Hen’s Waltz”

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“Joe Hen’s Waltz,” Kenny Garrett‘s new single from the compilation album, Relief, is out now!

All net proceeds from the album will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians in need during a time of uncertainty.

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Limited Quantity: Julian Lage’s
Love Hurts Test Pressing

Exclusive test pressing of Julian Lage‘s Love Hurts, available in limited quantities while supplies lasts!

Love Hurts earned a Grammy® nomination for Lage and his trio featuring bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus). The album explores the American song catalog from a truly unique vantage point, performing music written by a range of audacious and original artists, from Roy Orbison to Ornette ColemanJimmy Giuffre to Peter Ivers. Lage and his rhythm section build upon the wandering sonic outlook of his previous LPs, further impelling his defining amalgam of jazz fusion, jam band liberation, standards and embryonic rock ‘n’ roll with virtuosic precision, adventurous improvisation and a remarkably clear vision.

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Kirk Whalum’s Humanité review on
Paris Move

Kirk Whalum is one of today’s greatest smooth jazz artists… Humanité exudes as much love as joy, undoubtedly the reasons why the editors of Bayou Blue Radio and Paris Move have hoisted this delicious pancake to the top of the pile of ‘Essentials!'” – Paris Move
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Trumpeter-flugelhornist-songwriter-producer Rick Braun is an icon of the smooth jazz genre. A consistent chart-topper who has amassed a catalog of number-one Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and radio hits throughout his career, Braun’s trumpet playing is always brimming with soulfulness.
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Christian McBride & Inside Straight’s
New Single “Stick & Move”

“Stick & Move,” the first single from Christian McBride & Inside Staight‘s new album, Live at the Village Vanguard, is out now!

Stream the single and get ready for the full album, out on November 26.

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OUT NOW: Erroll Garner Centennial Celebration Releases

Join Octave Music and Mack Avenue Music Group in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Erroll Garner’s birth with an extraordinary set of 3 releases focusing on Garner’s self-released catalog from 1959 to 1975, with the centerpiece being a stunning, previously unreleased 1959 concert recorded at Boston’s Symphony.

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Brian Bromberg’s New Video for
“Bado Boy!”

“Bado Boy!” is dedicated to a cat bass player Brian Bromberg rescued from Barbados. The tune, which features Barbados-born saxophonist Elan Trotman, reflects the feline’s playful spirit.

Watch the video for the single “Bado Boy!” from Brian’s latest album, A Little Driving Music, out now. 

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Steve Cole Reaches Number One on
Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Airplay Chart

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Congratulations Steve Cole! Steve’s single “Living Out Loud” from his latest album, Smoke and Mirrors, has reached first place on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Airplay chart! The album is out now everywhere.
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Jazz bassist, bandleader, multi-GRAMMY® award winner, Christian McBride consistently delivers some of the most relentlessly-grooving music in jazz today. If you like your jazz soulful and in-the-pocket, McBride’s your man, as the selections in this hand-picked playlist clearly attest.
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Upcoming Shows

Catch them live: Connie Han and Warren Wolf

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Connie Han
Sep 28 – Dakota Jazz Club / Minneapolis, MN
Sep 30 – Jazz showcase / Chicago, IL
Oct 1-3 – Jazz showcase / Chicago, IL
Feb 26 – SF Jazz Center Noise Pop / San Francisco, CA
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Warren Wolf
Sep 23 – Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center / College Park, CO
Sep 25 – Publick Playhouse / Landover, MD
Sep 28-30 – SFJazz Collective Residency / San Francisco, CA
Oct 1-2 – Jimmy’s Jazz / Portsmouth, NH
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Celebrate the Erroll Garner Centennial with
3 New Releases from Octave Music &
Mack Avenue Music Group

Join Octave Music and Mack Avenue Music Group in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Erroll Garner’s birth with an extraordinary set of 3 releases focusing on Garner’s self-released catalog from 1959 to 1975, with the centerpiece being a stunning previously unreleased 1959 concert recorded at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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What The Critics Are Saying

This lavish package looks to be a contender
for jazz gift of the year.
” – The Wall Street Journal

“It’s among the nicest box productions I’ve seen.” – Analog Planet

…the sound is ‘you are there’ outstanding!” – Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

A household name and major concert attraction in his prime, he has
recently regained a measure of cultural cachet
.” – NPR Music

“…the jazz pianist’s achievements are worthy of a centennial celebration
that arrives this week in the form of a 189-song boxed set.”
 – Forbes

Symphony Hall Concert
On January 17, 1959, jazz immortal Erroll Garner took the stage of Boston’s Symphony Hall for a historic performance to a sold-out crowd. Recorded 11 months prior to the Dreamstreet sessions, which heralded Garner’s return after a lengthy battle for control over his catalog, Symphony Hall Concert is a previously unreleased compilation capturing the unparalleled genius of Garner’s live performances at the beginning of one of the most defining years of his life.
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Analog Planet Unboxing
Liberation In Swing: Centennial Collection Deluxe Boxed Set

Watch Michael Fremer from Analog Planet as he unboxes Erroll Garner‘s Liberation In Swing: Centennial Collection deluxe boxed-set, and walks you step-by-step through the set’s items along with some fun history facts!
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Last Chance to Pre-order Erroll Garner’s Centennial Celebration Sets

Only three days left to pre-order the Erroll Garner Centennial Celebration releases! The deluxe edition boxed set is nearly sold out. It includes 9 vinyl records, 12 CDs and 13 albums as 192kHz/24 bit downloads PLUS the 60-page book and Garner’s final performance on cassette.
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Live: Joey DeFrancesco’s New Video for
“Roll With It”

“Roll With It” takes off from a fleet unison melody in classic organ trio style, which includes Lucas Brown on the guitar and Michael Ode on drums.

Watch Joey DeFrancesco‘s live performance of his latest single from his upcoming album More Music, out next Friday, September 24.

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One video just makes you want more! Continue your day with Joey DeFrancesco‘s music. From his latest hits to the early years, find it all in this specially curated playlist.
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Kenny Garrett’s Review in
“London Jazz News”

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Kenny Garrett’s albums were nominated no fewer than eight times for the Grammy® in the period 1997-2013. It would be astonishing if Sounds from the Ancestors wasn’t also nominated; perhaps it might even win. Garrett continues to compose and perform at the highest level and to make tuneful and accessible music whilst still retaining his integrity.” – London Jazz News

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Upcoming Shows

Catch them live: Emmet Cohen, Joey DeFrancesco and Yellowjackets

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Emmet Cohen
Sep 17 – Twin Cities Jazz Festival / Saint Paul, NM
Sep 18 – Caprock Jazz Festival / Lubbock, TX
Sep 24 – The Jazz Loft / Stony Brook, NY
Sep 25 – Montclair Jazz Festival / Montclair, NJ
Oct 1-2 – King George Jazz Club / Koln, Germany
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Joey DeFrancesco
Sep 30 – Jimmy’s Jazz / Portsmouth, NH
Oct 1-2  – Blue Llama / Ann Arbor, MI
Oct 7-10 – Dizzy’s Club / New York, NY
Oct 15-16 – Crooners / Minneapolis, MN
Oct 18 – Temple U / Philadelphia, PA
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Yellowjackets
Sep 24 – Manchester Craftsmens Guild / Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 1 – Jazz at LACMA / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 3  Central Park / Largo, FL
Oct 6 – Jazz at St. Louis / St. Louis, MO
Oct 19 – Jazz Hall / Hamburg, Germany
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Cécile McLorin Salvant’s New Single
“Easy Come, Easy Go Blues”

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Cécile McLorin Salvant’s new single “Easy Come, Easy Go Blues,” is now streaming everywhere! This new single is the latest track from the album Relief — an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music from Jon BatisteKenny GarrettHerbie HancockHiromiEsperanza SpaldingChristian McBrideJoshua RedmanCécile McLorin Salvant and more.

All net proceeds from the album will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians in need during a time of uncertainty. Listen to “Easy Come, Easy Go Blues” now on all digital platforms.

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Joey DeFrancesco’s New Single
“Roll With It”

Joey DeFrancesco‘s new single “Roll With It” is out now! Listen to the multi-instrumentalist’s new single from his upcoming album, More Music, now on all streaming platforms.
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Jazz pianist icon, Erroll Garner, gave us many everlasting classics throughout his musical career. Listen to this collection of his best, most memorable tunes.
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Kenny Garrett’s Feature in Germany’s Leading Magazine “Jazzthing”

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Kenny Garrett was featured in the September issue of Germany’s leading publication, Jazzthing. Inside, you will find an astonishing three-page feature about Kenny and his new album Sounds from the Ancestors.

Kenny Garrett knows very well the present is the tradition of tomorrow. Whether he, too, will be perceived in the future as a driving force of the present like the ancestors to whom he refers remains to be seen. With his new album, he is at least on a path of purification that no one would have believed him capable of ten years ago.” – Jazzthing

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Upcoming Shows

Catch them live: Kenny Garrett, Alfredo Rodriguez, Christian McBride
and Tower of Power

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Kenny Garrett
Sep 9-12 – Blue Note / New York, NY
Sep 18 – Pittsburgh Jazz Festival / Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 19 – City Winery / Washington, DC
Oct 1-2 – Scullers / Boston, MA
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Alfredo Rodriguez
Sep 2 – Art Kombinat / Lodz, Poland
Sep 4 – Zamek Ksiazat Pomorskich / Szczecin, Poland
Sep 5 – Polska Filharmonia Baltycka / Gdnask, Poland
Sep 9 – Volkshaus / Basel, Switzerland
Sep 10 – Romania Plai Festival / Timisoara, Romania
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Christian McBride
Sep 11 – Chestertown Jazz Festival / Chestertown, MD
Sep 14 – The Kennedy Center / Washington, DC
Sep 15  UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall / Coral Gables, FL
Sep 17 – World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA
Sep 25 – Montclair Jazz Festival / Montclair, NJ
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Tower of Power
Sep 9 – Humphreys Concerts By The Sea / San Diego, CA
Sep 11 – Agua Caliente Casino / Ranch Mirage, CA
Sep 16 – SummerFest 2021 / Milwuakee, WI
Sep 18 – Arcada Theatre / St. Charles, IL
Sep 19 – Rose Music Center at The Heights / Huber Heights, OH
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Mack Avenue Music Group wishes you all a happy and healthy Labor Day Weekend! To celebrate the unofficial end of summer, we are excited to offer 20% off releases storewide through Monday, September 6. Shop new releases from Kenny GarrettMichael MayoBrian BrombergSteve Cole and Tower of Power alongside classic catalog titles, as well as upcoming music from Joey DeFrancescoErroll Garner and Oscar Peterson.

Be sure to check out the Detroit Jazz Festival CD bundle featuring Mack Avenue artists performing at the festival this weekend!

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OUT NOW: Erroll Garner’s “Dreamy”
The New Single from the Upcoming Album Symphony Hall Concert

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Mack Avenue Music Group and Octave Music continue to celebrate the centennial of legendary pianist/composer Erroll Garner with the release of “Dreamy,” the latest single from the upcoming album Symphony Hall Concert, recorded live at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 1959. Listen to the never-before-heard single and pre-order the album on CD or 180-gram LP today.
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Preview: Kenny Garrett’s New Single “Hargrove”

This is a tribute to the late, great Roy Hargrove whom we all miss. What I respected about Roy is that he was borrowing from all the different genres, different experiences and bringing it to the table.” – Kenny Garrett

Kenny Garrett previewed his tribute to the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove on his Facebook last week. Listen to the teaser of the track paired with an exclusive animation of the album cover and be sure to pre-order your copy on CD or as a 2-LP set today.

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Happy Birthday Cécile McLorin Salvant!

“Cécile McLorin Salvant, the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade, combines the rigorous sensitivities of an artist with the wary calculation of a critic. Her whole bearing as a performer — judicious, confiding, theatrical, skeptical — suggests a watchful distance from the persona she so persuasively embodies.” – New York Times

Celebrate Cécile‘s birthday, coming up this Saturday, with this collection of her soulful, mesmerizing songs.

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Michael Mayo’s Bones Review in German Magazine “RONDO”

Photo by Shervin Lainez

“In the video for his song ‘You and You,’ Michael Mayo appears as a double who sings with himself. The vocalist could not have chosen a more fitting image for his debut. For duality is the defining theme of the album debut, which the twenty-something…presents with Bones.

With all the ambivalences sung about so precisely, there is at least one thing that is unambiguous: Mayo, who also explicitly confesses his bisexuality and thus his inner duality with the recording, succeeds with Bones in a big way. Similar to the German Michael Schiefel or the Brit Jacob Collier, he redefines the possibilities of the voice in the age of its technical multiplication potentials. And he does so gently and at peace with himself.”  – RONDO

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Upcoming Shows

Catch them live: Tower of Power, Christian McBride, Emmet Cohen,
Dan Wilson, Joey DeFrancesco, and Yellowjackets

Photos by Brian Rachlin & Lisa S. Johnson

Photo by Anna Webber
Tower of Power
Aug 28 – Ouibache Music Festival / Lafayette, IN
Sep 3-6 – Vail Jazz Party / Vail, CO
Sep 7-8 – Dazzle / Denver, CO
Sep 10 – White Plains Jazz Fest / White Plains, NY
Sep 11 – Chestertown Jazz Festival / Chestertown, MD
Sep 16 – Summerfest 2021 / Milwaukee, WI
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Christian McBride
Sep 11 – Chestertown Jazz Festival / Chestertown, MD
Oct 1-2 – Jimmy’s Jazz / Portsmouth, NH
Oct 17 – World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA
Nov 11 – New Jersey Performing Arts / Newark, NJ
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Photo by Jim Hesterman

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Joey DeFrancesco
Aug 28 – Oshkosh Jazz Festival / Oshkosh, WI
Aug 31- Sep 4 – Marian’s Jazzroom / Bern, Switzerland
Sep 30  Jimmy’s Jazz / Portsmouth, NH
Oct 1-2  Blue Llama / Ann Arbor, MI
Oct 7-10 – Dizzy’s Club / NYC, NY
Oct 15-16 – Crooners / Minneapolis, MN
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Emmet Cohen
Aug 28 – Ouibache Music Festival / Lafayette, IN
Sep 3-6 – Vail Jazz Party / Vail, CO
Sep 7-8 – Dazzle /  Denver, CO
Sep 10 – White Plains Jazz Fest / White Plains, NY
Sep 12 – Tri-C Jazz Festival / Clevland, OH
Sep 17 – Twin City Jazz Fest / Saint Paul, MN
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Dan Wilson
Aug 26 – Oshkosh Jazz Festival / Oshkosh, WI
Aug 29 – Marian’s Jazzroom / Bern, Switzerland
Sep 2-7  Jimmy’s Jazz / Portsmouth, NH
Sep 9  Blue Llama / Ann Arbor, MI
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Yellowjackets
Aug 29-30 – Vibrato Grill Jazz / Los Angeles, CA
Sep 4 – Grand Hotel / Mackinac Island, MI
Sep 24  Manchester Craftsmens Guild / Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 1  Jazz at LACMA / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 3 – Central Park / Largo, FL
Oct 6 – Jazz St. Louis / St. Louis, MO
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Joshua Redman’s New Single
“Facts (feat. Ron Miles, Scott Colley, Brian Blade)”

Photo by Michael Wilson
“Facts,” by the acclaimed saxophonist Joshua Redman is out now! This song is the latest track from the album Relief — an all-star compilation of previously unreleased music from Jon BatisteKenny GarrettHerbie HancockHiromiEsperanza SpaldingChristian McBrideJoshua RedmanCécile McLorin Salvant and more.
All net proceeds from the album will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians in need during a time of uncertainty. Listen to “Facts” now on all digital platforms.
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Pre-order Oscar Peterson’s A Time for Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet – Live in Helsinki, 1987

Two Lions and Mack Avenue Music Group are proud to announce the release of A Time for Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet – Live in Helsinki, 1987 from legendary pianist Oscar Peterson.

Available on November 26 as a 2-CD set as well as digitally, this never-before-released live album showcases the remarkable Oscar Peterson Quartet featuring Joe Pass on guitar, Dave Young on bass and Martin Drew on drums. Recorded at the final performance of a long international tour in 1987, this spectacular album is a testament to the synergy of an ensemble on the road elevating the music to new levels. The result is sheer magic!
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Kenny Garrett’s Upcoming Album
Sounds from the Ancestors

The concept initially was about trying to get some of the musical sounds that I remembered as a kid growing up — sounds that lift your spirit from people like John ColtraneA Love SupremeAretha FranklinAmazing GraceMarvin GayeWhat’s Going On; and the spiritual side of the church…”  – Kenny Garrett.

Sounds from the Ancestors, Garrett’s much-anticipated album, will be available as 2-LP set on August 27. Get ahead of the crowd and pre-order it now.

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JAS Cafe Live: Christian McBride & Tip City ft. Emmet Cohen & Dan Wilson

“The phrase ‘Tip City’ was a phrase that two of my late great mentors used, the great pianists Mulgrew Miller and James Williams. They used to have this thing where if something was swinging really hard, they wouldn’t say it was swinging, they will say it was tipping… I used to think that was such a hit phrase. Now when it really got good to them, they would come off the stage and they would go: ‘Tip City!’ And I’ll say, ‘I’m keeping that.'” – Christian McBride

Watch Christian McBride & Tip City featuring Emmet Cohen & Dan Wilson from their live performance at JAS Cafe in Aspen, CO.

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In a career that took flight in 1985 with immediate commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility, respect and maverick daring. Enjoy this playlist with his top and most favorite tunes.
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