Monthly Archives: April 2014

Levi Saelua Quartet to Perform at the Sequoia Room Friday May 9 from 6 to 9 PM

Levi-Saelua-(w)Twenty-three year old Levi Saelua, (LE-vee sigh-LOO-ah) an award winning saxophonist and Jazz composer, will perform along with his quartet at North Coast Brewing’s Dinner Jazz at the Sequoia Room on Friday, May 9 from 6 to 9 PM.

Levi, a 2012 graduate of the jazz writing program at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, was a 2012 recipient of Down Beat Magazine’s 35th Annual Student Music Awards. As a high school student he was the winner of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Big Band Competition.

“Levi Saelua has a wonderful musical voice expressed through his compositions and arrangements,” said Jeff Campbell, associate professor and chair of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at Eastman. “He creates music that is both imaginative and engaging to the listener and performer. He is also a very fine saxophonist and improviser.”

Levi has received commissions from the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Chicago based Fatum Brothers’ Jazz Orchestra, toured California and the East Coast of the U.S., and performed in China, Australia and Italy. In May, he will travel to Amsterdam to participate in a master arranger’s workshop with the Grammy-winning Metropole Orchestra.

In 2012 Levi and two fellow Eastman students created a seventeen-piece jazz orchestra, COLOSSUS, to showcase original compositions and arrangements and create a forum for musicians to play innovative, contemporary Jazz. In July, 2013, COLOSSUS released its self-titled debut album. After returning to California last August, Levi created COLOSSUS West, a west-coast edition of the Rochester Jazz orchestra, with a debut performance scheduled May 4 in Sacramento.

Karl-Stabnau-(w)Baritone saxophonist Karl Stabnau holds a master’s and a bachelor’s degree from Eastman School of Music. He was also a 2012 recipient of Down Beat Magazine’s 35th Annual Student Music Awards. “Karl Stabnau is a highly versatile and valuable musician,” said Campbell. “Not only is he a wonderful low-woodwind doubler, he is also a gifted improviser who is well versed in the tradition and future of the music. He brings an enthusiastic attitude to each musical situation and is a positive musical force.”

In addition to Levi on alto sax and Karl on baritone sax, the other players in the quartet are Bryan McAllister on piano and Alex Reiff on bass.

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Scrimshaw Pilsner is in the Beer Blog News These Days

Scrimshaw-(w)-275Will Gordon, (the self-proclaimed ever so handsome) writer for The Concourse recently ranked 24 pilsners and guess what, Scrimshaw Pilsner came out on top as number one! If you’d like to skip most of the article called “Spring Beers, Ranked,” even though it reads well, scroll to the bottom for Gordon’s take on Scrimshaw.

Matt Michini, a writer for The Triangle, the Independent Student Newspaper at Drexel University, located in Philadelphia, also equated springtime with pilsner beers and wrote an admiring article about Scrimshaw Pilsner.

Scrimshaw fans and those curious about this much toasted brew, read on.

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Fred Raulston Quintet Performs at the Sequoia Room on Saturday, April 19 from 6 to 9 pm

Raulston-Jazz-Poster-Quintet-(w)North Coast Brewing’s Music Director and vibraphonist Fred Raulston will lead his accomplished quintet in an evening of Jazz in the American Tradition, including covers and originals from the 50s through the present day on Saturday, April 19 from 6 to 9 pm at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room.

The quintet includes Fred on vibes, Randy Vincent on guitar, Francis Vanek on sax, Chris Amberger on bass and E. W. Wainwright on drums. Francis performs regularly in the Friday and Saturday Dinner Jazz evenings at the Sequoia Room. Randy, Chris and E. W. have illustrious careers and have performed with many Jazz legends including (Randy) Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie and Bobby Hutcherson, (Chris) Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper and Bobby McFerrin, and (E. W.) McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders and Eddie Palmieri. Fred can’t wait to bring these musicians together for an evening of great Jazz at the Sequoia Room.

444 N Main St, corner of Main and Pine, Fort Bragg CA 95437
707 964-1286 or 707 964-3400

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A Taste of New York Comes to Fort Bragg

Shank-Stowell_Ryuichi_Suenaga(w)Vocalist Kendra Shank and master guitarist John Stowell will perform selections from their just released album, New York Conversations, at North Coast Brewing Company’s Sequoia Room on Wednesday, April 16. The result of an impromptu Manhattan recording session, the album has been described by Jazz Times as “a thrilling excursion…Shank and Stowell are relentlessly adventurous, at last preserving the scintillating rapport of their live performances.”

John Stowell began his career in the early 1970s, studying and performing with his mentors, guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years with national and international performances. The duo continues to perform more than thirty years after their first meeting. In 1983, John and David joined flutist Paul Horn for an historic tour of the Soviet Union. John continues to tour, record and teach international guitar clinics. He is a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including Downbeat, and Guitar Player.

Kendra Shank began her music career playing in subways and sidewalk cafes. After several years on the West Coast folk music circuit a Billie Holiday recording inspired her to pursue jazz. She relocated to New York in 1997 and record two albums for Jazz Focus records. Acclaimed by Time Magazine for her “delectable voice,” and by the Boston Globe for her “breathtakingly original concept,” Kendra has been featured on National Public Radio’s JazzSet and Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. She has taught vocal clinics and performed internationally.

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 New York Conversations is a sophisticated mix of intimate ballads, mixed-meter jaunts, syncopated swing, sensuous samba and improvisational whimsy. John plays piano like chords and unexpected harmonies on an array of guitars, including electric, steel string acoustic, nylon acoustic and fretless. In addition to her compelling interpretation of lyrics, Kendra improvises multi-layered wordless collages using an electronic looper and other effects, functioning as an instrumentalist in organic interplay with John.

The duo will perform in North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room. The first show is from 7 to 8 pm with dinner seatings beginning at 6 pm. The second show begins at 9 with seatings beginning at 8:30. Reservations are recommended. 707 964-1286 - 444 N Main St, Fort Bragg

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He’s Back! Fred Raulston Returns to North Coast Brewing Company as New Music Director

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More Performances Are Coming to the Sequoia Room

Back in 1988, when North Coast Brewing first opened its doors, vibraphonist Fred Raulston led the jazz band that played on Saturday nights in the pub. Well-known in jazz circles around the country, Fred performed with an assortment of local musicians and visiting artists from the Bay Area, Los Angeles and the East Coast. Sometime in 1997 Fred left the coast to pursue other interests, but in February of this year he returned to North Coast Brewing to expand and grow the musical programming and performances in the brewery’s Sequoia Room.

Fred’s experience – as a musician, recording artist, recording engineer, jazz educator and jazz festival director – makes him especially well-suited for his current position as Music Director with North Coast. He has plans to bring some of the finest jazz artists in the world to perform in the Sequoia Room, expand the musical programming to include a variety of genres and include the local community of musicians in the mix. “I’m proud to be part of the team that believes in the power of music, supports jazz education, jazz festivals across the country, has contributed generously to the Thelonious Monk Institute and donates to over 100 local non-profit organizations.”

Fred says the dinner shows and concerts in the Sequoia Room will offer coastal residents and visitors access to special programs and quality experiences that are usually only available in larger urban areas. The room will feature an excellent sound and recording system, and now has a new-to-the-brewery seven-foot Baldwin concert grand piano.

Involved in music all his life, at age 15 Fred had hit records with The Continentals, a Texas band that launched the record company that eventually became the Lee Ann Rhymes Empire. In high school he played with John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed in the Texas blues and rock scene. While attending Southern Methodist University he won the outstanding musician/composer award at the American College Jazz Festival. His judges included Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Haynes.

After graduating he was under production contract to Electric Lady Studios in NYC. He then landed a recording contract with Inner City Records and composed and recorded Open Stream and Uncharted Waters and later recorded Fred’s Rescue with west coast label Seabreeze. On the west coast he worked with John Handy, Harold Land and Buddy Colette, and recorded three albums for Chet Baker.

An owner and operator his own 24 track studio, Fred has recorded albums and worked as a sideman with numerous jazz artists. His work as a producer resulted in Juno nominations for two Canadian jazz vocalists. He has been a jazz educator at Santa Barbara City College, Western Washington University and Montana State University. He was instrumental in revitalizing the Santa Barbara Jazz Society and founded and directed the International Jazz Festival in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition, he was director of the North York Jazz Festival in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Fred feels a deep connection to the people and culture of the Mendocino Coast and he is delighted to be living and working here again. He feels this community understands that music, especially live music, is a shared circle of communication, the audience as much a part of the performance as the musicians. In addition to the artists and groups that he books for the Sequoia Room, Fred will perform on a regular basis. The vibraphonist brings good vibes to the community.

Photo by Sharon Garner

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