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Yellowjackets Release “Timeline”

Yellowjackets celebrate 30 years as one of the premiere jazz groups of our time with the release of “Timeline” on March 15. William Kennedy is back in the drum chair after a 10 year hiatus, and “Timeline” features a guest appearance by Yellowjackets alumni, Robben Ford. Yellowjackets first recorded in 1980 with Robben on guitar.

Timeline200Please visit the BuzZ Store to order your signed copy today! Cd’s are in stock and now shipping. Remember that all proceeds from the sales of CD’s through the Buzz Store go directly to the band members in order to keep this website, and our direct outreach to the fans funded.

Yellowjackets ‘Timeline’ Release March 15. Signed copies now available in the BuzZ Store.


Yellowjackets “Timeline” Press Release

In music, time flies, styles unstoppably evolve, and bands come and go. But there are also rare stable, forward-moving forces on the scene, one prime example in jazz being the Yellowjackets. As of 2011, this beloved eclectic, electro-acoustic jazz band that keyboardist Russell Ferrante and bassist Jimmy Haslip built celebrates the ripe young, deep age of 30, a milestone commemorated with another powerful and heartfelt album, fittingly named Timeline.

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Yellowjackets Sign with Mack Avenue Records

Announced at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival

Mack Avenue Records is proud to announce the signing of Grammy® award winning jazz group, the Yellowjackets. The signing was made official at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival, where the group headlined on the Carhartt Amphitheatre Stage.



Comprised of saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Will Kennedy (who was a member of the group from 1986-1998 and returned this year), the group joins the Mack Avenue family during its 30th anniversary of making music.

“It certainly feels like a lifelong gift to have accomplished this milestone in one’s vast career. I am both honored and humbled by it,” reflects Haslip, who is a founding member of the group with Ferrante. “We are very pleased and very proud to be signed to Mack Avenue.”

“The Yellowjackets represent the highest standard of contemporary jazz, with a distinguished track record and influence on the music,” says Mack Avenue Records President Denny Stilwell. “We look forward to documenting the next chapter of their career on Mack Avenue.”

The group’s forthcoming debut for the label is set for release in 2011 and will celebrate the 30th anniversary with a special guest appearance by the group’s founder, guitarist Robben Ford (whose last appearance with the group was on the 1994 GRP effort, Run For Your Life). “I am really happy to have him on this 30th anniversary recording. Robben is the perfect guest for this project. We are honored to have him on board and grateful to him for all the years of friendship and support,” states Haslip.

Known for their unique signatures that shine through regardless of their musical setting- whether it be blistering-hot fusion, gospel, or full-blown acoustic jazz- the Yellowjackets have released 20 albums on four record labels (Warner Brothers, MCA, GRP and Heads Up), with 17 Grammy® nominations and two wins.

Photo above: The Mack Avenue Records team welcomes the Yellowjackets at the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival. (L-R): Tom Robinson, CEO; Gretchen Valade, Chair; Denny Stilwell, President; Jeff Neben, Axis Management/Yellowjackets Manager; Russell Ferrante; Bob Mintzer; Will Kennedy; Jimmy Haslip; Al Pryor, EVP of A&R. Credit: Len Katz.

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