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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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Seattle Celebrates Beer Week May 8 – 18, 2014

The City of Seattle is all about beer during the official Seattle Beer Week and North Coast Brewing is part of the celebration. Check out the events if you live near this sudsy city in the Pacific Northwest.

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Jazz Journalists Association Salutes North Coast Brewing Company for “All They Do For Jazz”

 Bobby Watson and Dr. JB Dyas

North Coast Brewing supports the annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards by providing their fine Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale for the association’s New York City Awards party and local Jazz Hero celebrations. The association took the opportunity to thank North Coast “for that and for ALL they do for jazz.”

Who are those two handsome guys in their Brother Thelonious jackets? On the left is the legendary Bobby Watson, saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator, and on the right, Dr. JB Dyas, Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

North Coast Brewing Company is proud to donate a portion of the sales of Brother Thelonious ale and branded clothing and beer gear to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to support their excellent programs…keeping Jazz alive one beer at a time. Total contribution to date to the Institute is over $750,000.

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Cow Bop Performs on Wednesday March 12 in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom

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What happens when you mix western swing, blues, honky tonk, bebop and flat out jazz with sultry vocals, thrilling riffs, sassy delivery and gutsy irreverence? Well, pardner…you get Cow Bop, the genre bending cowboy jazz band that’s coming to North Coast Brewing Company’s Sequoia Room on Wednesday, March 12 for two rollickin’ and swingin’ performances.

Led by internationally acclaimed guitarist Bruce Forman, the five piece band features the smoky, barroom vocals of Pinto Pammy, multi-instrumentalist, David Wise on sax and trumpet, and a rhythm section of Alex Frank on bass and Jake Reed on drums that is “as swingin’ and rockin’ as a rodeo bronc but as sure-footed as a prized pack mule.”

Bruce Forman has been an important part of the international jazz scene for more than three decades. Featured as a leader and a sideman at festivals and concert venues throughout the world, his numerous recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Richie Cole and countless others. His guitar work is featured throughout Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award winning film, Million Dollar Baby. He is a faculty member at USC’s Thorton School of Music and a long standing member of the Monterey Jazz Festival educational programs.

The Cow Bop evening on March 12 will include two dinner performances in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be made at 707 964-1286 between 10 am and 5 pm seven days a week. The first dinner seating is at 5:30 with the music beginning at 6:30 pm. The second dinner seating is at 8:00 with the performance at 9 pm. A special Jazz Club Prix-Fixe Dinner with dinner salad and a choice of entrees** will be offered to guests; dessert, beverage and tip are not included.

Cow Bop’s performance promises to bring joy, frolic and excitement to the waning days of winter. The band’s accolades reflect its impact: “It’s hot, jazzy and has a drawl!” said the SF Chronicle. “They put some scoobie-doo in their wahoo!” said Wylie Gustafson of Wylie & The Wild West.

Get in on the fun. North Coast’s Brewery Taproom is located at 444 N Main, on the corner of Main and Pine Streets in Fort Bragg. “Cow Bop’s stagecoach is a leavin’! Be under it!” Gabby Hayes. Pre-paid reservations at 707 964-1286 between 10 am and 5 pm seven days a week – ages 21 and up only

  • ** Jazz Club Prix-Fixe Dinner Entrees
    North Coast Classic Fish & Chips
    Carolina BBQ – Country Style Pit Cooked Pulled Pork
    BBQ Chicken Breast with Jambalaya & coleslaw- Cajun Style
    Lasagna Florentine – Vegetarian
    Seafood Gumbo – New Orleans Style
    Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Redeye Gravy

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Mack Daddy Beef Stew is a Hearty, Filling, Warm and Fuzzy Meal with a Magic Ingredient: Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

Recipe and directions by Erin Lockett
Photos by Neil Ruud
Erin Lockett is a food science student at UC Davis and focuses her studies on beer making.  As you will see, she’s a big fan of Brother Thelonious Belgian-Style Abbey Ale. We think her beer making studies are off to a great start!

Now that the thought of going outside chills me to the bone, I suppose it’s appropriate to start making some hearty, filling, warm and fuzzy meals. Mack Daddy Beef Stew is all that. Named for the confidence oozing from Thelonious Monk’s depiction on the label, this recipe uses Brother Thelonious, a malty, Belgian-style ale, which puts this stew on a whole ‘nother plane of existence in the flavor department.

BT-stew-5-Neil-Ruud(w)Ingredients
1 ½ lb chuck, cut into ½ inch cubes
¼ lb bacon, cut into ¼ inch slices
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ can tomato paste
1 cup Brother Thelonious beer
2 cups beef broth
1 potato, russet or gold, cut into mouth-manageable chunks
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ cup flour
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, minced

Equipment
1 large, sharp chef’s knife
1 cutting board
measuring cups (liquid and dry)
measuring spoons
1 oven-safe stock pot, or Dutch oven, 6 qt. capacity, with lid
2 large mixing bowls
1 paper grocery bag, top half cut off
1 silicone spatula
1 pair of tongs
1 slotted spoon1 dinner plate, lined with 3 layers of paper towels

Make Your Seasoning Sack
Place flour, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and pepper in your half of a paper grocery bag. Hold the opening together and shake it like a Polaroid picktcha to evenly distribute seasonings. Working in batches, place the chuck in the seasoning sack and lightly coat each piece with the flour mixture. Continue until all pieces are coated, then set aside. This would also be a good time to pre-heat your oven to 300F and move the rack to the bottom third of the oven.

Makin’ Bacon, Among Other Things
Heat up your large, oven-safe vessel over medium heat. Add bacon slices and cook until it is done to your liking, at least five minutes. Remove bacon from the vessel with slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels or that other half of the grocery bag. Add the onion, celery, and carrot to the vessel. Cook these guys on medium heat until they are all soft, about 20 minutes or more. If your bacon did not yield much fat, add some butter or olive oil. Remove vegetables from vessel and place in a large mixing bowl, set aside.

MEAT MEAT MEAT
Add butter and olive oil to the pot and melt over medium heat. When the fats are nice and hot (just the way I like it) add pieces of flour-coated chuck but please, whatever you do, do not crowd the pan. The meat should have about a ½ inch radius of free space around it at the very least. So, again, work in batches. Cook the pieces by flipping the pieces as they cook until all the sides are lightly browned, around 4 minutes per batch. When all batches are finished, set aside in another mixing bowl.

Are We There Yet?
Almost. Add some more butter or oil and let it get hot, again. Add garlic and fresh thyme to the pot. Cook on medium heat until it smells super good, around one minute. Turn off the heat now so you won’t start a grease fire. Gently pour in your beer. Use your spatula to scrape the brown bits off of the bottom of the pot. Then, add beef broth and tomato paste. Mix to incorporate. Add the bacon, softened vegetables, potato chunks and chuck back into the pot. Turn the heat back on, but this time, crank it up to high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Once a boil is reached, turn off the heat, put the lid on, and place in the pre-heated oven. Let it do its thang in the oven for at least an hour and a half, up to two hours.

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Hooray! You did it! Let it cool down slightly and go to town. Serve it with fresh crusty bread or some egg noodles. You can even add some frozen peas for extra flair.

Yield: ½ gallon plus a lil’ more

Notes: You can totally ask your butcher to cut the chuck into cubes for you, but I would not buy beef labeled as “stew beef.” It does not have enough fat to taste good for this application. Remember to wash your hand often, especially after handling meat. If you place meat on a cutting board, IMMEDIATELY wash it with hot and soapy water before puttying anything else on it. Same goes with anything (utensils, bowls, etc.) that comes in contact with raw or undercooked meat.

Good Vibes: Buying Brother Thelonious helps support exceptional jazz music education for public schools and promising jazz musicians.

 

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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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