Monthly Archives: January 2014

Baritone Monk on JazzWeek Top 100 Albums of 2013

Claire_Daly-(w3)We couldn’t be prouder! The Claire Daly Quartet’s album Baritone Monk made JazzWeek’s Chart of the 100 Top Albums of 2013. This is a big deal in the jazz world. The Quartet is keeping company with Diego Rivera, Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Kevin Eubanks and Christian McBride, amongst others. No one can express the joy of this album’s success better than Claire Daly herself:

“First of all, just making this CD was so much fun, that the fact it spent 26 weeks on the JazzWeek chart (nine weeks in the top 10 slots!) was icing on the cake. Really, really, good icing. That it is in the Top 100 albums of 2013 makes it even more delicious, if that’s possible! That 100% of the proceeds go to the Monk Institute for Jazz Education makes it OFF THE HOOK exciting. This project is the highlight of my musical life so far. Thank you, North Coast Brewing Company!”

The album was produced by North Coast Brewing’s Vice President of Sales and Distribution, Doug Moody and entirely underwritten by North Coast Brewing to benefit the Monk Institute’s international jazz education programs. Released in October of 2012, the album features four superbly talented jazz artists: Claire Daly on baritone sax, flute and vocals, Steve Hudson on piano, Peter Grant on drums and Mary Ann McSweeney on bass.

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Post recording session photo from L to R – Charlie Kramsky (Assistant Recording Engineer), Jim Anderson (Grammy Winning Recording Engineer), Claire, Steve, Peter, Doug & MaryAnn at Avatar Studios in NYC – Photo by Deborah Moody

If you already bought the CD for $15 dollars, you deserve some kudos. You’ve treated yourself to a sophisticated, nuanced and consummate interpretation of Monk’s music. You’ve acknowledged four outstanding jazz artists deserving of more widespread recognition. You’ve supported the Monk Institute jazz education programs. That’s a lot for $15.

Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, wrote discerning liner notes for Baritone Monk. Did he anticipate the rousing success of the album? “Monk’s music is notoriously difficult, though you wouldn’t know it from this recording. Daly’s superb quartet combines a mastery of Monk’s less-recorded repertoire with the casual joy of a jam session.” He goes on to talk about each of the musicians: “Pianist Steve Hudson avoids Monkish cliche, displaying his own unique style to great effect. Bassist Mary Ann McSweeney plays with a profound sense of melody, swing, and harmonic imagination…Peter Grant…gives the band its driving pulse but with a subtlety that allows all voices to be heard (and) Claire Daly, whose breadth of styles, enormous tone, and distinctive phrasing place her among the very best of contemporary baritone players.”

If you haven’t bought the album but want to get in on the action, click here.

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Limited Edition Autographed Copy of Helen Sung’s New CD Anthem For A New Day Now Available

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Pianist Helen Sung makes her Concord Jazz debut with a ten song set on her new album, Anthem for a New Day. An exceptional musician, Helen began her piano studies as a classical pianist but switched to jazz in her senior year of music studies at the University of Texas in Austin and never turned back.

Anthem for a New Day is set for release January 28, 2014. A mix of original material, a few standards and a few surprises, the album is a declarative statement that finds Sung at the forefront of a six-piece band, with guest appearances by violinist Regina Carter and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera.

Concord Jazz is now offering a limited edition, autographed copy of Anthem for a New Day. Each person who orders can also receive 20% off with the code HELEN22.

A class of ’97 graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Helen is the pianist on Brother Thelonious Quintet, an album underwritten by North Coast Brewing and produced by T.S. Monk and Doug Moody. North Coast Brewing will be sponsoring release events for Anthem for a New Day at locations across the country, from California to New York. The Helen Sung website offers a complete listing of the release events. Click here to read a review and listen to cuts from the album.

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Celebrate Grigori Rasputin’s Birthday on January 22nd with Fans of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

This is the blog dedicated to the 2014 celebration of Grigori Rasputin’s Birthday.

Old Rasputin Questions & Answers

What was the first year the North Coast Brewing made Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout?
1995

Why did the Russian aristocrats hate Rasputin?
He was born a peasant which was unacceptable to them.

What were the two contradictory sides of Rasputin?
Pious and holy versus alcoholic and licentious

How many times has Old Rasputin won Gold at the World Beer Championships?
Seven

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How many men did it take to assassinate Rasputin?
Five

In whose court was Rasputin an advisor?
Tsar Nicholas II

What is the meaning of the Russian words on the Old Rasputin label?
One does not become an intimate friend quickly.

Tsarina Alexandra thought Rasputin saved her son from dying of what disease?
Hemophilia

 

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Ensemble VIII Presents European Masterworks for Men’s Voices on January 10th and 11th 2014

Ensemble VIII, a vocal group dedicated to presenting Renaissance and Baroque music, will present a very special concert on January 10 and 11 2014 in Austin and Georgetown, Texas. Under the direction of founder and conductor Dr. James Morrow, the men of Ensemble VIII graphicEnsemble VIII will perform a selection of European Masterworks for Men’s Voices featuring music of the Renaissance. Selections include William Byrd’s Three Voice Mass, Lassus Missa Pro Defunctis and Antoine Brummel’s Mater Patria et Filia.

North Coast Brewing is pleased to be a major sponsor of this group of highly trained early music vocalists. The ensemble performs at the highest artistic level with a keen attention to scholarship and historically informed performances practices. Ensemble VIII is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization.

Performances are as follows:
Friday, January 10 at 7:30 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel
7601 Burnet Road, Austin
Saturday, January 11 at 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
410 E University Avenue, Georgetown

To purchase tickets and to learn more about Ensemble VIII, please visit the website.

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