Mack Avenue Records, which this year begins its second decade, has announced the acquisition of Los Angeles-based Artistry Music Group, a label co-founded by smooth jazz bassist and producer Brian Bromberg. Under the agreement, Artistry will remain an imprint of Mack Avenue and will continue its emphasis on smooth jazz and adult-oriented music. Bromberg will not be involved in any management capacity, but will continue to release albums with Artistry.
Artistry was founded in 2005 by Bromberg, vocalist Rahsaan Patterson and music industry veterans Lucille Hunt and Denny Stilwell. Stilwell has been named president of Mack Avenue, and Hunt will remain as licensing and publishing director. Patterson will also continue to record for Artistry. Artistry's recent successes include a 2007 Grammy nomination for Bromberg in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category for “Downright Upright,” which features the hit smooth jazz single “Cantaloupe Island.”
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