Roseanna Vitro & Mark Soskin in Concert on Saturday, September 27 at the Sequoia Room – Two Shows

Roseanna-Vitro+Mark-Soskin-(w)When Grammy-nominated vocalist Roseanna Vitro and celebrated pianist Mark Soskin perform together at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Saturday, September 27, they will premier their new CD, Clarity – The Music of Clare Fischer. Vitro and Soskin, both now living in New York City, are highly regarded members of the East Coast mainstream jazz scene. The Sequoia Room audience will be one of the first to hear their new album.

From her roots in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Roseanna Vitro moved to Houston, Texas where she performed in the Green Room and had the opportunity to sing with the great jazz pianists Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Tommy Flanagan. Her voice coach Ray Sullenger along with Oscar Peterson and saxophonist Arnett Cobb encouraged Vitro to dedicate herself to jazz, so she moved to New York City in 1978 and started performing with pianists Kenny Werner and Fred Hersch. She toured with Lionel Hampton and appeared in all the major jazz clubs including The Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland and Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center.

Vitro has collaborated with musicians such as Christian McBride, Elvin Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Steve Allen and David “Fathead” Newman. An active performer, she tours throughout the U.S.A. and abroad. In 2005 she performed and recorded live with Kenny Werner at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has recorded twelve critically acclaimed CDs and her 2011 release, The Music of Randy Newman, was nominated for a 2012 Grammy in the Best Vocal Jazz Album category. Vitro taught vocal jazz at SUNY Purchase, taught the Jazz for Teens Program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center 2000 – 2013, and is currently Chair of the Vocal Jazz Department at the New Jersey City University. She holds workshops, clinics and master classes.

Pianist Mark Soskin has an extraordinary career. After studying composition and arranging at The Berklee College of Music he began to work professionally in Boston, then moved to San Francisco where he performed and recorded with Pete Escovedo and Pete’s daughter, percussionist Sheila E. He was enlisted in Billy Cobham’s band, did a tour and live recording for the CBS All Stars, and was an active session player at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. He was introduced to Sonny Rollins, which started a fruitful fourteen year-long collaboration. In addition to extensive touring throughout the world, Soskin played on a number of critically acclaimed recordings with the tenor sax master.

In 1981 Soskin moved to New York City where he has been an active sideman, leader and educator. He has performed and recorded with many stars of jazz including Sonny Rollins, the Escovedos, Joe Henderson, Randy Brecker, Eddie Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Mann, John Abercrombie, Slide Hampton and Bobby Watson, to name a few. Soskin has eleven recordings as leader, three as co-leader and seventy recordings as a sideman. He maintains a busy touring schedule and has been featured in solo piano concerts throughout the world. He gives master classes, private classes and workshops and is on the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music. Soskin is featured in “Calle 54,” a documentary film about Latin jazz artists.

In 2011 Vitro and Soskin released the Grammy nominated CD, The Music of Randy Newman, in which they created jazz interpretations of Newman’s music. This year, at the end of September, they are releasing their latest collaboration, a CD based on the music of Clare Fischer, an accomplished pianist and prolific composer and arranger. Fischer, who was regarded as a master of harmony by such heavyweights as Gil Evans and Herbie Hancock, received eleven Grammy nominations in his distinguished career. He began as an arranger for the vocal group The Hi-Lo’s in the late 1950s, and has written and arranged music for Dizzy Gillespie, Cal Tjader, George Shearing, Natalie Cole, Earl Klug, Spike Lee, João Gilberto, Branford Marsalis, Prince, Chaka Khan, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, amongst others.

Vitro and Soskin’s new CD focuses on Fischer’s lifelong passion for the bossa nova and Afro-Caribbean music, which included the pioneering 1962 album Bossa Nova Jazz Samba Fischer made with saxophonist Bud Shank, So Danço Samba released in 1964 and the 1981 Grammy Award winning album Clare Fischer and Salsa Picante Present 2+2.

Roseanna Vitro and Mark Soskin are two of the most accomplished and high profile jazz musicians to grace the stage of North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room. Jazz aficionados take note! This performance on Saturday, September 27 is an exclusive West Coast appearance by Vitro and Soskin and an opportunity to hear selections from their just released CD.

This Dinner Jazz performance is in North Coast Brewing Company’s Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom at 444 N Main Street, corner of Main & Pine, in Fort Bragg. Dinner seatings begin at 5:00 for the 6:00 pm show and 7:30 for the 8:00 pm show. Reservations are highly recommended. 707 964-1286 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 707 964-3400 after 4:00 pm – For more information, go to North Coast’s Jazz Calendar.

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Two Extraordinary Guitarists to Perform at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Friday, September 5th

Alex-DeGrassi+Guitar(w)Finger-style master Alex de Grassi and Jazz guitarist Mimi Fox join forces to find common ground and mix it up in an evening of guitar solos, duos and improvisation. The two musicians are up for anything and everything in a set covering original compositions, unlikely arrangements of folk and pop melodies and jazz standards. It promises to be an exceptional evening of music when these two world-class guitarists perform together on the stage of North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Friday, September 5.

As a young, largely self-taught player, Alex immersed himself in American and British blues and folk traditions, eventually studying jazz and classical guitar. He has become known for his evocative compositions and virtuosity, and is widely acclaimed as a leading innovator and maestro of acoustic guitar. Using a broad palette of techniques and timbre and fusing a variety of guitar traditions together, he weaves melody, counter-melody, bass, harmony and rhythm into a canvas of sound, taking the listener well beyond the instrument. As Guitar Player Magazine stated, “…his solo string steel-pieces resemble orchestral overtures more than mere songs.”

His early Windham Hill recordings of original music as well as his arrangements of folk, jazz and world music have influenced a whole generation of young players. Alex’s thirty years of international touring include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Montreux Jazz Festival and numerous guitar festivals. He has been commissioned by Acoustic Guitar Magazine to compose a concerto for steel-string guitar and string orchestra. He received two commissions from the New York Guitar Festival to score for their “Silent Films/Live Guitars” series. Festival director David Spelman says “Alex de Grassi is a treasure…his technical wizardry as well as his vibrant and poetic music-making make him one of the most distinctive steel-string guitarists performing today.”

Mimi Fox, an internationally renowned guitarist, composer and recording artist, has beenMimiFox(w) named a winner in six consecutive Downbeat Magazine polls and recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent jazz guitarists on the scene today. She has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries Charlie Byrd, Stanley Jordan, Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall and Kevin Mahogany, to name a few. She has also performed outside of the jazz world with legends Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian and with Patty Larkin’s Vanguard Records-produced La Guitara project.

Mimi began recording in the 1990s and has released ten albums as a leader. She maintains a whirlwind international touring scheduling and has performed at the Montreal, Guinness Cork, Perth International and Monterey Jazz Festivals. She has headlined at elite venues such as The Blue Note, and Village Gate in New York City, The Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington D.C., and Yoshi’s and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. She has written original scores for orchestras, documentary films and dance projects while receiving grants from funders such as Meet the Composer and the California Arts Council.

Both Mimi and Alex are educators and clinicians. Mimi has taught master classes worldwide while serving as head of the guitar program at the Jazz School in Berkeley, California and Adjunct Professor at New York University. In 2005 she received an award from the International Association of Jazz Educators for outstanding service to jazz education. Alex has been a frequent guest teacher at the National Summer Guitar Workshop, the University of Milwaukee, and the Interlochen Institute. He has given master classes at Berklee School of Music, Crown of the Continent and the Omega Institute. Both Alex and Mimi have published books on guitar instruction.

This Dinner Jazz performance is in North Coast Brewing Company’s Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom at 444 N Main Street, corner of Main & Pine, in Fort Bragg. Dinner seatings begin at 5:00 for the 6:00 pm show and 7:30 for the 8:00 pm show. Reservations are highly recommended. 707 964-1286 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 707 964-3400 after 4:00 pmFor more information, go to North Coast’s Jazz Calendar. 

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The Best in Live Performance at North Coast’s Sequoia Room in August: Claire Daly on the Baritone Sax

Claire-Daly-(w2)On Saturday, August 9, New York baritone saxophonist Claire Daly will perform with Bay Area musicians Larry Vuckovich, piano, John Wiitala, bass and Hamir Atwal, drums. Daly is known for her swinging, sophisticated style, supple tone and, as a composer, her unconventional harmonies. She is one of today’s most compelling and creative voices on the baritone sax. The Claire Daly Quartet’s album, Baritone Monk, produced by North Coast Brewing Company, made JazzWeek’s Chart of the 100 Top Albums of 2013.

Erie Times-News Jazz writer John Chacona sings Claire Daly’s praises. “[She] is cheerful, with a delicious sense of humor and a heart as big as her horn: the booting, swaggering baritone saxophone. Her rhythmically propulsive, harmonically aware and joyful approach embraces the core principles of jazz. The woman can play.”

Vuckovich, Wiitala and Atwal performed at the Sequoia Room in May, 2014 to great acclaim. This quartet of superb musicians will improvise on Jazz standards, including some Thelonious Monk tunes, and pepper the evening with Jazz originals in what promises to be a memorable and exciting evening.

This Dinner Jazz performance on Saturday, August 9 is at North Coast Brewing Company’s Sequoia Room in the Brewery Taproom at 444 N Main Street, corner of Main & Pine, in Fort Bragg.

Dinner seatings are at 5:30 and 7:30 with shows at 6 and 8 pm. Reservations are recommended at 707 964-3400.

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The Best in Live Performance at North Coast’s Sequoia Room in August: Jeremy Pelt-Peppe Merolla Quartet

Jeremy-Pelt-(w)The Jeremy Pelt-Peppe Merolla Quartet will perform on Monday, August 11. Early in his career, Pelt performed with the Mingus Big Band and went on to record with many well-known Jazz artists including Bobby “Blue” Bland, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton and Nancy Wilson. He performed with the Roy Hargrove Big Band, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Big Band and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy. Pelt, voted “Rising Star” on the trumpet five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association, is one of New York City’s cutting edge trumpeters. His discography is impressive, comprising a dozen albums as the named lead player and 16 albums as a sideman, with more in the works.

peppe-merolla-(w)Peppe Merolla began his musical career at age five, touring with his parents, professional singers and actors, in Italy. After graduating from the Conservatory of San Pietro A Majella in Naples where he earned a master’s degree in classical trumpet, he studied jazz drumming and began developing his talents as singer and actor. Comfortable with the Italian classics as well as contemporary songs, Merolla has composed and arranged music for many singers. Popular in jazz festivals in Italy, he now lives in the U.S. Jazz Review calls him “…a drummer who sizzles with intensity.” He leads his own band and teaches drumming online. The Pelt-Merolla Quartet includes pianist Keith Saunders and bassist Michael Zisman. This in-demand group performs straight ahead, main stream jazz around the country from New York City to the San Francisco Bay Area to great acclaim.

This Dinner Jazz performance on Monday, July 11, is at North Coast Brewing Company’s Sequoia Room in the Brewery Taproom at 444 N Main Street, corner of Main & Pine, in Fort Bragg.

Dinner seatings are at 5:30 and 7:30 with shows at 6 and 8 pm. Reservations are recommended at 707 964-3400.

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The Best in Live Performance at North Coast’s Sequoia Room in August: Bobbe Norris & Larry Dunlap

Norris-&-Dunlap(w)The husband-wife team of Bobbe Norris on vocals and Larry Dunlap on piano will present an exciting program of standards from the Great American Songbook, and Jazz, Brazilian and original music on Saturday, August 16. Their music is sensitively arranged and adventurous, resulting in performances that are full of surprises.

Originally from San Francisco, Norris pursued a widely publicized singing career in New York where she worked the major clubs and concert halls, recorded for Columbia Records, and appeared on television on the Ed Sullivan and Tonight shows (among others). Norris is a singer who applies her dusky contralto to carefully chosen songs. Longtime fan Rex Reed has written that, “…she reaches into a lyric like she’s pulling taffy and brings out the sweetness and rich flavor of each song, discarding anything superfluous or sticky.”

Dunlap is an extraordinary pianist and arranger, a player with taste and sophistication. Besides his ongoing career with Norris, he has served as pianist for the British diva Cleo Laine since 1983 and has performed and/or recorded with such luminaries as Mark Murphy, Joe Williams and Sheila Jordan as well as jazz instrumentalists Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, and Marc Johnson, to name a few.

As their numerous recordings and appearances at such venues as the Monterey and San Francisco Jazz Festivals have shown, together Norris and Dunlap offer a classy show of great music in their own style, infusing each song with romantic elegance and creative fire.

This Dinner Jazz performance on Saturday, August 16,  is at North Coast Brewing Company’s Sequoia Room in the Brewery Taproom at 444 N Main Street, corner of Main & Pine, in Fort Bragg.

Dinner seatings are at 5:30 and 7:30 with shows at 6 and 8 pm. Reservations are recommended at 707 964-3400.

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Fred Raulston Quartet Performs at the Sequoia Room on Saturday, August 2nd from 6 to 9 PM

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A New Atlantic Coast Partnership for The Jazz Brewery – North Coast Beers Pair With Newport Jazz

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Dee-Dee-Bridgewater-(w2)NJF-142014 is the first season that North Coast Brewing is the Official Brewery Partner of the acclaimed Newport Jazz Festival, possibly the oldest and indisputably one of the finest Jazz festivals in the world.

The Newport Jazz Festival is celebrating its 60th season with an impressive lineup of Jazz performers, some famous musicians and some emerging artists. In the words of George Wein, co-founder and creator:

“The first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 set the formula for all major jazz festivals to follow. Popular artists were the attractions that sold tickets, but it was the important unsung jazz heroes from the traditional to the avant-garde that attracted the critics and gave the festival artistic credibility.”

North Coast Brewing is proud of this new partnership and honored to be associated with the iconic Newport Jazz Festival. From Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd, concerts are performed on three different stages at Fort Adams State Park, a national treasure situated at the mouth of the Newport, Rhode Island Harbor. You can read about the complete line up of performers and order tickets on the festival’s website.

Photo of vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Saturday, July 19 is Iconic Trombonist Phil Ranelin’s 75th Birthday Bash at the Sequoia Room

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Phil Ranelin’s exclusive appearance at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Saturday, July 19th will be a celebration of the Jazz musician’s 75th birthday. It’s a party everyone is invited to attend! Trombonist, sideman, bandleader, composer, arranger and teacher, Ranelin’s done it all for many years and he hasn’t stopped yet.

He was born in Indiana where he studied trombone and began his career, sitting in with Wes Montgomery, Eddie Harris and other notable musicians. In 1964 Ranelin’s childhood friend, Freddie Hubbard, asked him to come to New York to join and record with his group. After his time in New York and a brief return to Indiana, Ranelin moved to Detroit in 1968 to perform and teach musically advanced inner city children. He co-founded “Tribe,” an artists’ collective of jazz musicians who learned the business and recording aspects of music to maintain more artistic control. The Tribe also published its own magazine with political and social commentary as well as music reviews and interviews.

As a session player for Motown Records, Ranelin played on albums for Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops and The Temptations. He also performed in the Motown traveling band, the Swinging Dashikis. Ranelin’s Motown work enabled him to invest in his own music, which eventually allowed him to produce his own records.

In 1977, Phil moved to Los Angeles where he still lives. The names of Jazz musicians he has recorded and performed with read like the Jazz Hall of Fame. A partial list includes Ella Fitzgerald, Art Pepper, Sarah Vaughan, Tootie Heath, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Christian McBride, Les McCann, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Smith, and McCoy Tyner.

From the Midwest to the East and West Coasts, Phil Ranelin has made his mark on Jazz. Now he and his band – Aaron Provisor, piano, Eugene Owens, bass and Don Littleton, percussion – are coming to North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room to share their history, talent and enthusiasm for live Jazz performance.

Come to the celebration! Dinner seating begins at 6:00 pm with shows at 7:00 and 9:00. Reservations are not necessary but are recommended.

707 964-1286 daytime or 707 964-3400 after 5:00 pm

North Coast’s Brewery Taproom is located at 444 N. Main St (southeast corner of Main & Pine) in Fort Bragg, CA.

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Tia Carroll Band Rocks Out the Sequoia Room

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Tia Carroll and her Blues Band played up a storm at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Saturday, June 21 to two sold out houses. You can get a taste of the music by watching the finale to the 7 pm show. You’ll see why you don’t want to miss her when she returns.

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Songstress Tia Carroll to Perform at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Saturday, June 21 in a Summer Solstice Celebration

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Tia Carroll is in demand. She’s commanding, compelling, soulful and authentic, singing the blues in a bold, straightforward manner. Born and raised in Richmond, California where she still lives, Tia has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Eddie Money. She has toured Europe singing with Bay Area blues singer Jimmy McCracklin and performed in the Baltics, Italy, France and Brazil as a headliner. She performs regularly around the Bay Area and on the West Coast.

The West Coast Blues Hall of Fame named her female blues vocalist of the year in 2007, and the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation in Memphis honored her as traditional blues woman of the year in 2008. Tia’s earned a reputation for her sizzling stage show, and always generates a buzz whenever she brings her band to town.

Tia and her band are coming to North Coast Brewing’s Jazz at the Sequoia Room on the summer solstice, Saturday, June 21. Seating for the dinner concert will begin at 6 pm with music starting at 7:00. The second set begins at 9 pm with a $10 minimum per person.

Hear and see Tia Carroll and her band on YouTube:
“You Hurt Me”
“Blues Woman”

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