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Mack Avenue SuperBand Kicks Off National Tour

Jazzed Magazine • News • January 14, 2016

The Mack Avenue SuperBand is set to perform in New York at Birdland from Tuesday, January 26 – Saturday, January 30 with sets at 8:30pm and 11:00pm in celebration of their upcoming release, Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival – 2015 (available January 15). The performances will feature bassist Christian McBride, vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Tia Fuller, trumpeter Sean Jones, pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Carl Allen.

Since its debut at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival, the Mack Avenue SuperBand has become a tradition at the annual event, a gathering of label superstars that the Motor City can look forward to every Labor Day weekend. Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival – 2015 captures the fourth incarnation of the all-star ensemble, for the first time under the leadership of Christian McBride. This year, McBride takes over as musical director (a role previously held by fellow bassist Rodney Whitaker).

“I’ve been a Mack Avenue artist for quite some time now,” says McBride, who made his label debut in 2009 with Kind of Brown, the first release from his Inside Straight quintet. He’s since released five more albums by that band, his trio, and his big band. “My catalogue with Mack Avenue is bigger than it has been for any other label I’ve been affiliated with, so I feel like an important member of the Mack Avenue family. It would have been good just to be on the gig, period, but when they asked me to be the musical director it seemed like a simple call to make.”

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