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Chick Corea & Béla Fleck Duet Concert and North Coast Beers in Milwaukee

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Tuesday, April 2nd: It’s going to be a splendid evening in Milwaukee! Chick Corea and Bela Fleck are performing their Duet Concert at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts and North Coast Brewing is pouring hand-crafted ales before the concert. Who could ask for anything more: great performers, remarkable music and award-winning beer!

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Chick Corea and Béla Fleck are two of the most gifted improvisers in the world. Pianist Corea, winner of 20 Grammy® awards, has attained living legend status after four decades of unparalleled creativity and a staggering artistic resume. Banjo virtuoso Fleck, winner of 15 Grammy® awards and founder of the Flecktones, crosses many musical genres, from bluegrass to jazz to classical to everything in between. The two musicians have joined their adventuresome and formidable talents with the Duet concert tour.

North Coast Brewing is delighted to pour beer prior to the concert in an event free to concert ticket holders. The audience will get to taste our renowned Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, along with our other award-winning beers. The pouring begins at 7:00 and the concert starts at 8:00, both in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center.

 

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North Coast Beers & Claire Daly Quartet Share the Stage at D.C.’s Blues Alley

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March 26 – 29 is an exciting time for NCBC. Our sales reps, along with President Mark Ruedrich and Vice President Doug Moody, will attend the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo, along with 6,000 other craft brewing professionals, to share information, attend a wide range of seminars and immerse themselves in the world of breweries and brew pubs.

While in the nation’s capital, North Coast will present the Claire Daly Quartet at Blues Alley on Tuesday, March 26. Called the nation’s finest jazz and supper club by the New York Times, it’ll be a swingin’ night at Blues Alley with the Claire Daly Quartet performing selections from their latest CD “Baritone Monk” and five North Coast beers – Brother Thelonious, Old Rasputin, PranQster, Le Merle and Scrimshaw – sharing the spotlight. Fifty percent of beer sales from this evening will be donated to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

 

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Baritone Monk CD Number 9 on Jazz Week Charts

Baritone Monk CDBaritone Monk by The Claire Daly Quartet, the album that we produced last autumn, is now number nine on the Jazz Week charts!

Click here to read about the album and listen to sample tracks.

Click here to purchase the album and support Jazz education.

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NCBC Sponsors SFJAZZ Opening Night Concert

SFJAZZ’s Grand Opening Night on Wednesday, January 23rd was sold out, but there will be many more concerts this season. Check out the concert line up at http://www.sfjazz.org/events/season1/opening-night.

The opening night performance was the first to take place in the new SFJAZZ Center’s Robert N. Miner Auditorium, the first concert hall of its type in the U.S. built specifically for the performance of jazz music and audiences. Click here to read a great article about the opening night in the New York Times.

North Coast Brewing, a strong supporter of the arts, and jazz music in particular, is an Official Sponsor of the SFJAZZ. Local Public Radio station KZYX & Z broadcast the opening night concert on January 23.

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North Coast Brewing an Official Sponsor of SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ’s Grand Opening Night on Wednesday, January 23rd is sold out, but there will be many more concerts this season. The opening night performance will be the first to take place in the new SFJAZZ Center’s Robert N. Miner Auditorium, the first concert hall of its type in the U.S. built specifically for the performance of jazz music and audiences. North Coast Brewing, a strong supporter of the arts and jazz music in particular, is an Official Sponsor of the SFJAZZ Fest. Click here to see drawings of the extraordinary SFJAZZ Center.

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Baritone Monk CD Number 12 on Jazz Week Charts

Baritone Monk CDBaritone Monk by The Claire Daly Quartet, an album that we produced in 2012, is now number 12 on the Jazz Week charts!

Click here to read about the album and listen to sample tracks.

Click here to purchase the album.

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We're Proud to Announce the Release of Baritone Monk: The Claire Daly Quartet, A CD Benefitting Jazz Education

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We’re proud to announce the release of our new CD, Baritone Monk: The Claire Daly Quartet performing the music of Thelonious Monk, featuring Claire Daly on baritone saxophone, flute, and vocals; Steve Hudson on piano; Peter Grant on drums; and Mary Ann McSweeney on bass. 100% of sales proceeds from the CD are donated to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to further international Jazz education programs.

Click here to listen to music clips from the CD
Click here to purchase online

“Claire Daly’s marvelous tribute to Monk’s music reminds us of that special affinity, of Monk’s penchant for the lower frequencies and the big, full sound he expected from his ensemble. 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. Pianist Steve Hudson avoids Monkish clichés, displaying his own unique style to great effect. Bassist Mary Ann McSweeney plays with a profound sense of melody, swing, and harmonic imagination, and unlike so many young bass players she is not afraid to explore the instrument’s lower register. Peter Grant, a long-time Daly collaborator, gives the band its driving pulse but with a subtlety that allows all voices to be heard. Finally, there is Claire Daly, whose breadth of styles, enormous tone, and distinctive phrasing place her among the very best of contemporary baritone players.”
—from the liner notes by Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009)

Your support of this CD supports Jazz education. Click here for a printable version of this flyer.

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Everything's Big in Texas

North-Coast-Dinner-JazzNorth Coast Brewing at Coco BarNorth Coast Brewing has just completed a couple of high-profile, sellout beer dinners at some of the most-happening spots in Texas. Coco Bar in El Paso was the site of a great food/beer/music evening co-hosted by Audrey Kiefer, North Coast’s Texas Sales Manager, and Chef Julio. One of the favorite pairings of the evening was savory lamb sliders which were a great match for Red Seal Ale. Marty Olivas and his jazz group, Case Closed, provided some first-rate sounds including some Thelonious Monk tunes in tribute to, guess what, our Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

North Coast Beers with Chocolate CakeThat was followed by a memorable evening at Rudyard’s British Pub in Houston. Audrey Kiefer teamed with co-founder, Tom Allen to represent the brewery while Chef Joe Apa and his crew handled the food duties. The menu was a Texas tour-de-force with each dish incorporating a beer ingredient to match the accompanying ale. A smoked trout pate with Scrimshaw Pilsner started the meal followed by Venison sliders with Red Seal Ale and Texas wild boar cassoulet with Brother Thelonious. A chocolate flan made with Old Rasputin rounded out the dinner. It was a landmark event capped off by a round of standing applause from the well-fed and  thirst-slaked capacity crowd.

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North Coast Brewing Extends Its Long-Term Partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival

Terence Blanchard at the Monterey Jazz FestivalSupport Jazz with us at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Sept. 21–23, 2012!

North Coast Brewing will be the Official Beer of the Monterey Jazz Festival through 2014. Now in our seventh year of partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival, we are the longest continuous financial supporter of the Festival. A strong supporter of Jazz education, we have also been a longtime contributor to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, making donations for every case of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold.

“The guys on the management team here at North Coast have been hardcore Jazz fans for decades, and traveling to Monterey to take part in the Jazz Festival has been a much-anticipated annual highlight for us for the past seven years,” said Doug Moody, Senior VP and Director of Sales. “It’s been a privilege for us to be associated with both the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and to be able to contribute in some measure to this American art form.”

“Monterey Jazz Festival is honored to extend our long-standing partnership with North Coast Brewing, whose commitment to the art of Jazz is admirable. Our organizations share similar values and we are proud to exclusively offer their award-winning craft beers to our patrons,” said Chris Doss, Managing Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of Jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience Jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. The Festival, now in its 55th year, is the world’s longest continuously running Jazz festival.

In addition to partnering with the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, North Coast Brewing is also a supporter of other Jazz organizations, including the Redwood Jazz Alliance, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the American Jazz Museum, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, and We Always Swing.

Click here to view a printable PDF of this press release.

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Presenting the Legendary Jazz Masters Series: The Claire Daly Quartet in Concert

Claire DalyNorth Coast Brewing Co. is proud to present the  Legendary Jazz Masters Series: The Claire Daly Quartet in Concert, performing the music of Thelonious Monk with Steve Hudson, Mary Ann McSweeney, and Peter Grant

7:00 pm | Thursday, June 7, 2012 | Preston Hall, Mendocino

$20 Advance | $25 at the door | seniors 65 and over & students 18 and under $15

100% of ticket sales benefit The Mendocino Music Festival

This is the fifth of six benefit performances in preparation for recording “Baritone Monk,” in New York City on June 18, 2012. The recording will feature a dozen Monk compositions and will be produced by North Coast Brewing Co. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz — release date Fall 2012

For tickets:
Mendocino Music Festival Office in Mendocino: 707 937-2044
North Coast Brewing Co. “Brewery Shop” in Fort Bragg: 707 964-1286

Additional 2012 Tour Benefit Dates

- Sunday, June 3: The Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver, BC, a benefit for sea lion research by the University of British Columbia in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium

- Monday, June 4: Tula’s Jazz Club, Seattle, WA, a benefit for Earshot Jazz 

- Tuesday, June 5: Newport Performing Arts Center, Newport, OR, a benefit for the Oregon Coast Jazz Party

- Wednesday, June 6: Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA, a benefit for the Redwood Jazz Alliance

- Friday, June 8: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, a benefit for Kuumbwa Jazz

Your support of Jazz supports these organizations! Click here for a printable PDF of this press release.

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