Mack Avenue Records

New Music: Steve Cole/Gratitude

Jul 30, 2019

Chicago born and raised Saxophonist Steve Cole's ninth solo record Gratitude drops this week on Artistry/Mack Avenue Records. We've been playing Neo Sol on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK.  He was classically trained on clarinet before choosing to play Jazz saxophone. On Gratitude, Cole features his band including bassist Lamar Jones and drummer Khari Parker, along with guitarist Bernd Schoenhart, organist Ricky Peterson and horn players Trevor Neumann and Dan Levine.

Jonathon Butler: I Say A Little Prayer

Apr 14, 2019

South African Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist Jonathon Butler is familiar to Jazz 91.9 WCLK listeners. We've played his music for decades.

Erroll Garner-Nightconcert

Sep 2, 2018

Errol Garner was a Jazz pianist and composer who inspired his audience and transcended genre. He emerged from Pittsburgh's George Westinghouse High School, as did Billy Strayhorn and Ahmad Jamal. He left us too soon in 1977 aged only 53, and in many ways is lost to contemporary Jazz listeners. Marcus Roberts may come close at times to the amazing keyboard touch of Garner.

New Music: Blood Moon By Dave Bennett

Jan 7, 2018

Dave Bennett is a multi-instrumentalist and clarinet prodigy who has been playing in combos and bigger bands since he was asked by legendary Trumpeter Doc Cheatham to play from the bandstand at New York's Sweet Basil's when he was 12 years old.   Blood Moon is his second record on Mack Avenue, and features a mix of original and cover songs.   

Join me on Jazz  Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK on Sunday November 12, from 3- 7 pm. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to interview Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant about her recent release Dreams and Daggers(Mack Avenue). The release features Aaron Diehl on piano, Paul Sikivie on double bass, Lawrence Leathers on drums, Catalyst Quartet on strings, and Sullivan Fortner piano. This is Salvant's third album and it shows her developing curosity for the history of  American music and the connections between jazz and other genres.

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