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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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