Ed Trefzger ed.trefzger at jazzweek.com
Mon Aug 18 14:30:20 EDT 2008


Rendezvous Entertainment Artists Wayman Tisdale, Kirk Whalum,
Jonathan Butler, Brian Simpson & others Move To Artistry Music,
Mack Avenue's Contemporary Jazz & R&B Imprint

DETROIT, MI., August 2008 - Mack Avenue Records, Inc., has announced the 
acquisition of the assets of Beverly Hills, California-based Rendezvous 
Entertainment, the recording company launched in 2003 by a consortium 
consisting of musician/broadcaster Dave Koz, radio executive Frank Cody, 
and music business executive Hyman Katz. The acquisition, effective 
immediately, was announced by Denny Stilwell, president of Mack Avenue 
Records. Mack Avenue Records was founded in the late nineties by Detroit 
businesswoman Gretchen Valade and businessman Tom Robinson.

"We are especially excited that Rendezvous Entertainment has chosen Mack 
Avenue Records as the future home for their recordings and artists," 
said Stilwell. "In a short period of time, Rendezvous' Hyman Katz, Frank 
Cody, and Dave Koz have established an impressive track record for their 
company in contemporary jazz.  This recent addition to the Mack Avenue 
family adds marquee talent to our roster in the genre and greatly 
broadens our existing catalog.  We feel fortunate to have found this 
perfect fit at just the right time."

Rendezvous co-founder Dave Koz noted, "My partners Frank Cody, Hyman 
Katz and I feel blessed that the vision and integrity of what we started 
at Rendezvous is now in the hands of an exciting, forward-thinking group 
of folks. We have great respect for the company that Gretchen Valade, 
Denny Stilwell and Mack Avenue Records are building. Finding a home that 
puts artists and music first was of utmost importance to us, and we have 
found that home with Mack Avenue."

Under the new agreement, Mack Avenue will add Rendezvous artists Wayman 
Tisdale, Brian Simpson, Kirk Whalum, and Jonathan Butler to its roster. 
The company will assume all promotion and marketing efforts under its 
Artistry Music Group imprint for Tisdale's brand-new CD, Rebound, which 
debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 
chart after its June release.

The acquisition also transfers to Mack Avenue the Rendezvous 
Entertainment catalog, which includes contemporary jazz releases by 
popular artists like guitarist Marc Antoine, saxophonist Michael 
Lington, bassist Kyle Eastwood, and vocalist Patti Austin's Grammy 
winning 2007 CD Avant-Gershwin. Also in the catalog are popular 
Rendezvous Lounge and other chill and lounge compilations, as well as 
the all-star Golden Slumbers series spearheaded by Koz.

Mack Avenue Records entered a new phase of expansion in 2007 with the 
acquisition of Los Angeles based Artistry Music. Last year the label 
released the Grammy-nominated 2007 CD Downright Upright by noted bassist 
and producer Brian Bromberg and Wines & Spirits by neo-soul artist 
Rahsaan Patterson, who will also release his first holiday CD, The 
Ultimate Gift, in the fall of 2008.

The Mack Avenue roster includes Stanley Jordan, who released the 
critically acclaimed State Of Nature in April 2008, as well as trumpeter 
Sean Jones, vocalist Sachal Vasandani and six-time Grammy nominee Gerald 
Wilson. The label recently signed critically acclaimed saxophonist Kenny 
Garrett, whose CD Sketches Of MD: Live At The Iridium is due for release 
on September 23rd.

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