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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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Fred Raulston Quintet Encore Performance

Saturday, June 14, 6 to 9 pm – Dinner Jazz with the
Fred Raulston Quintet
Jazz standards, originals and Jazz in the American tradition

  • Fred Raulston, vibes
  • Randy Vincent, guitar
  • Francis Vanek, tenor sax
  • Greg D’Augelli, bass
  • and James Zitro, drums

Fred and the band know how to swing, take their solos and perform as a tight, well-tuned ensemble. This promises to be another terrific evening of Jazz at the Sequoia Room

Music starts at 6 pm. No reservations are necessary but the Sequoia Room fills up fast. The Sequoia Room is located inside the Brewery Taproom, 444 N Main St, Fort Bragg CA 95437 – 707 964-1286 (days), 707 964-3400 (evenings) or email.

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La Orquesta El Vucko Performs Latin Jazz at the Sequoia Room on Saturday, May 31

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You might not find el Vucko in a Spanish dictionary, but you will find El Vucko and his Orquesta at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Saturday, May 31 at 6 pm. The ensemble offers a combination of East Coast and West Coast All-Stars, featuring versatile pianist Larry Vuckovich, master Latin percussionists Luis Romero and Hector Lugo, and veteran bassist John Wiitala.

Larry Vuckovich learned Latin Jazz firsthand from the legendary Bay Area master pianistLuis-Romero(w) Vince Guaraldi, with whom he studied for many years. Brooklyn born Luis Romero performed with the famed Willie Colón Salsa Band from 1967 to 1977 and eventually expanded into folkloric music and Jazz, playing with greats like Paquito D’Rivera.

Hector-Lugo(w)Born in Puerto Rico, Hector Lugo is a multi-percussionist, singer, composer, teacher and band leader who is at home in both Latin music and Jazz and is adept at fusing folkloric Puerto Rican genres with contemporary Latin styles. John Wiitala has worked with some of the greatest Jazz musicians in the business, including James Moody, Bud Shank, Arturo Sandoval, Shorty Rogers and Scott Hamilton.

At the Sequoia Room performance the band will John-Wiitala(w)play Afro-Cuban classics, Jazz standards, and highlight the music of Thelonious Monk in Latin style, including Panonica, Ask Me Now, Straight No Chaser and ‘Round Midnight. 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. Reservations are not necessary, but the Sequoia Room will fill rapidly for this exciting evening of Jazz. For more information call 707 964-1286 (days) or email.

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All Star Sextet with the Terry Henry Trio Performs on Saturday, May 17 from 6 to 9 pm in a Dinner Jazz Concert at the Sequoia Room

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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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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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