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SoulTracks: Mack Avenue SuperBand - Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival 2015 Review

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The familiarity returns once this ensemble begins to play because whether the SuperBand reinterprets standards, contemporary pop and gospel tunes or plays their own originals, the virtues that distinguish previous Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival albums are manifestly present on this effort. Jazz, perhaps more than all other genres, is best appreciated when heard live because that’s when the notes on those charts become three dimensional, as the musicians engage in instrumental conversation and use the notes written on the page as a runway for creative flight.


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Mack Avenue Superband – Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2015

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This iteration of the “Superband” fulfils all the promise that the names attached to the project impart. With the exception of “Test Of Time” by Makoto Ozone, the remaining numbers were all composed by members of the band, starting with “Preach Hank!” by tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum. In a nod to the great R&B saxophonist Hank Crawford, the band gives soulful reading of the number, with the composer Whalum rocking out his solo and trumpeter Freddie Hendrix filling the air with his high notes. All of the band members take a piece of the action with exuberance.


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Newtown dad’s album honoring daughter earns Grammy nominations

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Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene is a double Grammy nominee for an album that pays tribute to his daughter. Two years after Ana was killed in the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the musician released "Beautiful Life" -- his first album since the tragedy, reports "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King. Greene described music as "the language that kicks in when words don't suffice."


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Revive: Cyrille Aimée Shares Delightful Rendition Of “Three Little Words”

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The 12-track gem includes guitarists Adrien Moignard and Michael Valeanu, bassist Sam Anning, and Raj Jayaweera on the kit — the same ensemble that was featured at the helm on It’s A Good Day. In preparation for Let’s Get Lost‘s January 22nd release, we are excited to premiere Aimée’s fun up-tempo rendition of Harry Ruby’s classic standard, “Three Little Words.” Opening at a blistering tempo, you can’t help but admire Jayaweera’s impressive brush work underneath Moignard and Valeanu’s light yet assertive guitar comping.


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New York Times - The Year in Music Videos

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For her unblinking cover of “Wives and Lovers” — a curdled artifact from the early 1960s, by Burt Bacharach and Hal David — the jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant devised an ingeniously simple visual concept. This clip has a blank backdrop, a blood-red filter (also as in red flag, red light, flashing sirens) and just two human figures: Ms. Salvant and Storyboard P, the brilliant flex dancer, who turns the song’s distressingly sexist message nearly inside out.


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All the Best Concerts, of What the Critics Have Seen

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Cécile McLorin Salvant Jazz Standard, Aug. 25: It’s not just deep mastery of a historical tradition that sets Ms. Salvant apart as a jazz singer. As she showed in this coolly intoxicating set, she’s also working with a rare set of critical tools, and the ability to make a roomful of listeners feel like sly accomplices.


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Top tens: our favorite albums of the year

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Beyond consensus, however, these groups include a significant spectrum of women — nearly half of the total — in both traditional and transgressive roles. Not just Adele, now in a class by herself, but new stars Kacey Musgraves (country), Courtney Barnett (indie rock), Cecile McLorin Salvant (jazz), Elle King (rock ’n’ soul) and Rhiannon Giddens (neo-folk roots)...


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2015 Year End Video

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A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you from all of us at Mack Avenue!


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Julian Lage on Tour Spring 2016

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On the guitar + singing front, Chris Eldridge and I were thrilled to finally come out to the west coast this fall to perform, finishing our year at the Fretboard Summit alongside our fellow guitar lovers. Chris and I have entered the proverbial “bat cave” with an eye on a project we are very excited to share when the time is right!

2015 also saw the beginning of a new collaboration with John Zorn, in the form of performing his Bagatelles with one of my favorite guitarists, Gyan Riley. This is music that (for the time being) only exists in the live format: either at The Stone or on the road, so we hope to see you at one of our shows soon!

Finally, this year represented the beginning of my newly formed trio, featuring Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen, a project I have been fantasizing about ever since I was very young. We have some exciting news to share in the new year. in the meantime, I want to thank you all so dearly for coming out, your support and amazing energy! I cannot wait to see on the road you soon!

- Julian


2016 Touring

Nels Cline + Julian Lage European Tour:

16 Feb - Ljubljana, SI - Cankarjev Dom Ticket Info TBD
17 Feb - Warsaw, PL - Pardon To TuTicket Info TBD19 Feb - Wels, AT - Alter Schlachtof Wels
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20 Feb - Ferrara, IT - Jazz Club Ferrara
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21 Feb - Muri, CH - Pflegidach - Pflegi MuriTicket Info TBD23 Feb - Bremen, DE - MOMENTS
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24 Feb - Milano, IT - Blue Note MilanoTicket Info TBD26 Feb - Groningen, NL - Grand Theatre GroningenTickets
29 Feb - Bozen, IT - Bozar
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2 Mar - Brussels, BE - TBDTicket Info TBD3 Mar - Amsterdam, NL - BimhuisTicket Info TBD

Julian Lage (Trio Configuration):

3/ 6 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim (Two Shows)
Early Show: Tickets
Late Show: Tickets
3/8 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
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3/10 - New York, NY - Rockwood #2
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4/6 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Music Festival
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4/23 - Morrow, GA - Spivey Hall
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4/24 - Chattanooga, TN - Jazzanooga Festival
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4/25 - Athens, GA - The Foundry
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4/30 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
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5/1 - Evanston, IL - SPACE
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5/2 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
Tickets *on sale 12/19
5/5 - Vienna, VA - Barns at Wolftrap
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5/6 - Fairfield, CT - StageOne
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5/7 - Northampton, MA - Parlor Room
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5/8 - Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square
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5/ 9 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
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5/11 - Brooklyn, NY - The Hall at MP
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Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge:3/22 - Johnson City, TN - Downhome
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3/23 - Richmond, VA - Modlin Center
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3/24 - Roanoke, VA - Jefferson Center
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3/25 - Danville, KY - Norton Center
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4/3 - San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theatre
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4/21 - Denver, CO - Gates Concert Hall
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Danilo Pérez Pays Homage to McCoy Tyner

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When Tyner closed his mini-set with "Blues on the Corner," from his album "The Real McCoy," he achieved his most dynamic playing of the evening, even if its opening passages proved a bit messy. The pianist quickly regained his footing, however, generating excitement with crisply delivered repeated notes and achieving a blues-swing sensibility with his trio.


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Cécile McLorin Salvant Interviews with The Last Magazine

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“Jazz is not seen as an alternative music, it’s seen as a dusty, old thing,” says McLorin Salvant. “There are so many instances of people saying, ‘Jazz is dead.’” Yet for her, it is full of life. “I think most of those songs have this timeless quality to them; there is no real reference to time,” she says. Now it is up to the audience to embrace the new voices and faces of jazz as they revive and reinvent that golden age, because if we’re going to bring back jazz, it’s going to take someone like McLorin Salvant to make it happen.


Read the full piece from: The Last Magazine

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Examiner: Fearless and daring, Cécile McLorin Salvant wins another Grammy nomination

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Cécile McLorin Salvant, 26, brings much of her touring set list to the Grammy-nominated jazz vocal album, For One To Love on Mack Avenue Records, released on September 4, 2015. Nothing about the songs on this album, or this young artist, says meek, mild, or clean — unless it’s the efficient way Salvant cuts through the crap down to the meat of the bare bone of the covers and originals she takes on.


Read the full piece from: Examiner.com

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​Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant Doesn’t Want To Sound ‘Clean And Pretty’

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WBGO: In The Air With Pianist Aaron Diehl

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...the pianist and composer shares music from his own recording Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue) and music featuring rising star singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.


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Danilo Pérez awarded 2015 Gloria Career Achievement Award

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“Glory being the pinnacle of success and splendor, the highest recognition of excellence, it is a tremendous responsibility and a huge honor to be considered for such an important award."


Read the full piece from: Latin Jazz Network

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NPR: Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant Doesn’t Want to Sound ‘Clean and Pretty’

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I always wanted to have kind of a certain natural quality to my voice, and I wish it were more rough than it is, but I would listen to a lot of blues singers and sort of try to go more towards that. I had a hole in my voice. I still do...But I realized that in jazz, I could take advantage of that.


Read the full piece from: NPR Fresh Air

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NPR First Listen: Cécile McLorin Salvant, ‘For One To Love’

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Salvant's aesthetic idiosyncrasies immediately mark her apart, even within the space of "jazz singing." She's long had a predilection for finding rowdy songs from the dawn of the music to grow into — not exactly common for a twentysomething jazz musician — and that continues here...


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For Wayne Shorter: ‘Children of the Light’ is far from childish

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A lot of jazz groups tend to lose themselves in the thematic structures and far-out concepts of the artistic leader of the album. Not this group. Ever since they got together, pianist Pérez, bassist Patitucci, and drummer Blade knew they spoke the same cinematic language...“For us, it was like writing the soundtracks of our own lives. It was about using music to paint a scene, using the sounds to tell a story,” Pérez added.


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Whitaker, Diehl, Whalum Spearhead New Mack Avenue SuperBand Album

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“When you look at this particular lineup, there are a wide range of styles represented: from the Django-influenced guitar approach of Evan Perri to the soulful/gospel leanings of tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and when you consider the other players, you can find just about everything in between.”


Read the full piece from: DownBeat Magazine

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Aaron Diehl, a Piano Prodigy, Taps Jazz Legends

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Mr. Diehl has taken a winding road to jazz. As a child, he played mostly classical music and learned a few jazz standards from his grandfather, who plays trombone and piano and introduced Mr. Diehl to the virtuoso pianist Art Tatum. Mr. Diehl was obsessed with aviation—his father, a funeral director, owned a plane—and he wanted to become an airline pilot. He took his first flying lesson at age 13 and recently flew a single-propeller plane from Columbus, where his parents still live, to gigs in Michigan.


Read the full piece from: Wall Street Journal

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Aaron Diehl - Space, Time, Continuum

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The trio is featured on “Santa Maria”, a commissioned work beginning with bowed bass singing over rhapsodic piano and sprawling malleted tom toms and cymbals before moving into a Spanish-tinged interlude that introduces a brightly swinging melody. The trio ratchets things up several notches on Diehl’s “Broadway Boogie Woogie”, a fiercely bebopping tour de force taken at a demonic tempo. (Page 31)


Read the full piece from: The New York City Jazz Record

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Kirk Whalum: The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IV (DVD)

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The DVD captures the Chapter IV concert at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. Live performance segments are interspersed with conversations with Whalum on a variety of subjects, from being a musician to the spirit of improvisation.


Read the full piece from: Journal of Gospel Music

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Congrats to Kirk Whalum - The Gospel According To Jazz: Chapter IV goes to #1

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The Gospel According To Jazz: Chapter IV - by Kirk Whalum on Rendezvous/Mackavenue closes the week at number one on the Billboard Jazz Chart.


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The Morning Call Interviews Rick Braun

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Rick Braun on his new album: "It's R&B and jazz mixed together, whereas with straight-ahead jazz there is more of a swing... 


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New York Times: Sean Jones Quartet at the Jazz Standard

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Mr. Jones, 36, was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and while he made his name in New York City — notably during his six years as...Mr. Jones, 36, was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and while he made his name in New York City — notably during his six years as...Mr. Jones, 36, was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and while he made his name in New York City — notably during his six years as...


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The Wall Street Journal: Freda Payne “Back to Big Band”

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Ms. Payne's disc, "Come Back to Me Love" (Artistry/Mack Avenue), is a collection of standards and originals done with opulent big-band arrangements; it's the sort of recording that offers an authentic alternative to the trend of pop stars doing classic repertoire with orchestral backing.


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