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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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Baritone Monk on JazzWeek Top 100 Albums of 2013

Claire_Daly-(w3)We couldn’t be prouder! The Claire Daly Quartet’s album Baritone Monk made JazzWeek’s Chart of the 100 Top Albums of 2013. This is a big deal in the jazz world. The Quartet is keeping company with Diego Rivera, Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Kevin Eubanks and Christian McBride, amongst others. No one can express the joy of this album’s success better than Claire Daly herself:

“First of all, just making this CD was so much fun, that the fact it spent 26 weeks on the JazzWeek chart (nine weeks in the top 10 slots!) was icing on the cake. Really, really, good icing. That it is in the Top 100 albums of 2013 makes it even more delicious, if that’s possible! That 100% of the proceeds go to the Monk Institute for Jazz Education makes it OFF THE HOOK exciting. This project is the highlight of my musical life so far. Thank you, North Coast Brewing Company!”

The album was produced by North Coast Brewing’s Vice President of Sales and Distribution, Doug Moody and entirely underwritten by North Coast Brewing to benefit the Monk Institute’s international jazz education programs. Released in October of 2012, the album features four superbly talented jazz artists: Claire Daly on baritone sax, flute and vocals, Steve Hudson on piano, Peter Grant on drums and Mary Ann McSweeney on bass.

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Post recording session photo from L to R – Charlie Kramsky (Assistant Recording Engineer), Jim Anderson (Grammy Winning Recording Engineer), Claire, Steve, Peter, Doug & MaryAnn at Avatar Studios in NYC – Photo by Deborah Moody

If you already bought the CD for $15 dollars, you deserve some kudos. You’ve treated yourself to a sophisticated, nuanced and consummate interpretation of Monk’s music. You’ve acknowledged four outstanding jazz artists deserving of more widespread recognition. You’ve supported the Monk Institute jazz education programs. That’s a lot for $15.

Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, wrote discerning liner notes for Baritone Monk. Did he anticipate the rousing success of the album? “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.” He goes on to talk about each of the musicians: “Pianist Steve Hudson avoids Monkish cliche, displaying his own unique style to great effect. Bassist Mary Ann McSweeney plays with a profound sense of melody, swing, and harmonic imagination…Peter Grant…gives the band its driving pulse but with a subtlety that allows all voices to be heard (and) Claire Daly, whose breadth of styles, enormous tone, and distinctive phrasing place her among the very best of contemporary baritone players.”

If you haven’t bought the album but want to get in on the action, click here.

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Oregon Coast Jazz Party Celebrates Ten Years of Jazz

John-Clayton-(w)2World class jazz musicians will perform at the 10th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6. Concerts take place at the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel in Newport. The Jazz Party features visiting musicians playing sets in a variety of groups – duos, trios, quartets and larger jam sessions – over the three day event.

This tenth season celebration has a great line up, including bassist John Clayton, trumpeter Terell Stafford, vocalist Jackie Ryan, tenor sax-man Rickey Woodward and guitarist Bruce Forman. A highlight of this year’s Party is the New York based Bill Charlap Trio, featuring pianist Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, recognized as one of the top trios in today’s jazz scene. Picante, one of Portland’s finest Afro-Cuban groups, will be a featured band at the Party.

Terell-Stafford-(w)1The full schedule and lineup are on the Jazz Party’s website, as is all information about tickets, educational clinics, a “Meet, Greet & Sign” socializer and an interactive jazz panel.

North Coast Brewing is the exclusive provider of beer for the Oregon Coast Jazz Party. Proceeds from sales support the educational jazz programs of the festival.

To launch the Party, North Coast will host a Brewmaster Dinner on Thursday, October 3 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport to benefit the Oregon Coast Jazz Party.

North Coast’s President and Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich and Senior Vice President/Director of Sales Doug Moody will be at the dinner to talk about the beer, the pairings, and to answer questions. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with beer and cheese pairings and the five course dinner prepared by Chef Mike Downing begins at 7:00 pm.

Cheese Pairings:
Scrimshaw Pilsner paired with Anton’s Red Hot Love and savory scones
Le Merle Belgian Style Saison paired with Humboldt Fog and savory scones
Acme IPA paired with Mt Tam Triple Cream and savory scones

First Course:
PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale paired with Chef’s Ahi Poke

Second Course:
Le Merle Belgian Style Saison paired with fired seared white Mexican jumbo prawns, served over wilted arugula with warm roasted mango & candied ginger vinaigrette

Third Course:
Reduced North Coast Grand Cru sorbet

Fourth Course:
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale paired with braised ancho chili short ribs with wild mushroom polenta and white truffle oil finish

Fifth Course:
Old Stock Ale paired with spicy caramelized pineapple bread pudding, served with ancho chili white chocolate cream sauce and Old Stock Ale infused Chantilly cream

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What a grand beginning for what promises to be an extraordinary Jazz Party! Tickets for the Brewmaster Dinner are $61.62. The price includes the online transaction.

 

 

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North Coast Brewing Plays a Major Role in the 2013 Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

MJF-Next-Generation-Performers(w)The 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22 at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. Founded in 1958 by legendary jazz alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons and Ralph Gleason, music critic, San Francisco Chronicle writer and founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine, the MJF presents three days of concerts by some of the best jazz performers in the world. The MJF has the distinction of being the longest running jazz festival in the world.

North Coast Brewing, in its eighth season as the brewery partner to the Monterey Jazz Festival, is the current longest running sustaining partner. This year NCBC is presenting four special beers – Le Merle, PranQster, Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale - in tastings hosted by the MJF. As usual, Red Seal Ale, Brother Thelonious and Scrimshaw will be served through the Fairgrounds. The tastings are $5 per person. All proceeds go the MJF Education Programs.

NCBC’s Senior Vice President/Director of Sales Doug Moody and Northern California Sales Manager Josh Charlton will be at the tastings to talk about beer and answer questions. The tastings will be in the Festival’s Education Pavilion and are scheduled as follows:

Friday, September 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Claire-Daly-Quartet-in-Central-Park.(w)jpgThe Claire Daly Quartet will perform on Saturday, September 21 at 2:30 at the Night Club, one of the eight stages at the Festival. The concert, presented by NCBC, will be a performance of selections from Baritone Monk, a CD produced by Doug Moody and entirely underwritten by NCBC. The Quartet’s players – Claire Daly on baritone sax, Steve Hudson on piano, Mary Ann McSweeney on bass and Peter Grant on drums – swing their way through Thelonious Monk’s repertoire with “…the casual joy of a jam session.” Claire will be at the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening Beer Tastings to sign CDs and chat about her experiences as a jazz musician and making Baritone Monk.

This year’s Monterey Jazz Festival promises a great line up of artists and concerts, jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, NCBC beer and beer tastings, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else on the planet and North Coast Brewing is proud to be a part of this celebration of all things jazz!

Top photo: MJF Next Generation Scholarship Performers
Claire Daly Quartet photo by Marc Millman

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2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competitionin Washington, DC on September 15 & 16

Wayne-Shorter-byRobertAscroft(w)Washington, D.C. will be the world center of jazz when the prestigious 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition comes to town on September 15th and 16th. The Competition, established in 1987 and recognized for discovering the next generation of jazz masters, will feature fourteen of the world’s most outstanding young jazz saxophonists. They will perform before a panel of renowned jazz musicians including Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis and Wayne Shorter.

jimmyheath(w)The semifinals will be held on Sunday, September 16 from noon to 6:00 pm at the Smithsonian Institute’s Baird Auditorium inside the National Museum of American History. Each competitor will perform for 15 minutes. Three musicians will be selected by the panel of judges to participate in the competition finals at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 16. They will vie for prizes totaling more than $100,000 including a $25,000 first place scholarship and a guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group, a $15,000 second place scholarship and a $10,000 third place scholarship.

george_duke(w)An All-Star Gala Concert will follow the final competition. Some of the biggest names in jazz will perform, including Brian Blade, Kurt Elling, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis and Take 6, to name just a few. The Institute will present Wayne Shorter with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary, six-decade career as a saxophonist, educator and composer. There will be a special tribute to the late George Duke, a longtime friend and supporter of the Institute, who was scheduled to serve as the evening’s Musical Director.

307_Branford_Marsalis(w)Doug Moody, Senior Vice President/Director of Sales, and Deborah Moody, Social Media Manager, will attend all the competition events, representing North Coast Brewing Company, a Benefactor Sponsor of the Monk Institute. The arrangement between the Monk Institute and NCBC is a model for commerce meeting arts. For every case of Brother Thelonious sold, NCBC makes a financial contribution to the Institute. Over the last six years, NCBC has donated more than $500,000 to the Institute in support of jazz education.

Photos top to bottom: Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, George Duke and Branford Marsalis

 

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Three New Fermentation Tanks Expand Brewing Capacity

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On the evening of May 13, excited spectators watched a calm and competent crew from North Coast Brewing Company direct the placement of three brand new stainless steel fermenting tanks into the southwest side of the Brewery. Two heavy-duty cranes lifted the 22,000 pound tanks above the roof and lowered them onto the floor. This event was the culmination of over two years of planning, permitting, designing, engineering and construction. Under the direction of NCBC President and Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, team leaders Chuck Martins, Head Brewer and Plant Engineer, and Mike Wineland, Project Manager, masterminded and implemented this expansion.

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In preparation for the installation, three twelve foot diameter holes were cut into the Brewery roof and the existing eight inch concrete floor was excavated and replaced by a four foot thick concrete base laced with rebar and topped with steel anchor bolts to hold the fermenters in place. Each tank holds 16,275 gallons, roughly enough to fill 171,500 twelve ounce bottles. When full, each tank will weigh 152,000 pounds. Once the tanks are plumbed and the electrical work is completed, the fermenters will be fully operational. NCBC projects the addition of the tanks will boost production 40% over last year and add about a dozen additional people to the workforce.

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The tanks were manufactured by the Paul Mueller Company in Springfield, MO., and transported 2100 miles to Fort Bragg, CA in three Mueller flatbed trucks. According to one of the drivers, the toughest part of the route was the last 30 miles between Willits and Fort Bragg. If you live on the Mendocino Coast, you can easily see the three new fermenters from the Brewery Taproom across the street from the Brewery on Main Street in downtown Fort Bragg. Check out the NCBC blog to see more photos of the three new tanks.

Truck photo: Bob Swatzell
Roof top photos: Jason Ross

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Sheila Martins Promoted to Assistant Vice President of Sales & Administration at North Coast Brewing Company

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In 1995 Sheila Martins began working at North Coast Brewing Company as a substitute for the receptionist who was on a two week vacation. When the receptionist decided not to return, Sheila was hired for the position. Over the last 19 years Sheila’s work has evolved and changed, and this past April she was promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President of Sales & Administration.

Sheila attended Santa Clara University as an undergraduate, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she earned a teaching credential. She was a substitute teacher in the Fort Bragg Schools when the opportunity to work at North Coast Brewing came along. Sheila’s innate intelligence and her interest in the business led to more and more responsibilities. She began handling state and federal registrations, compliance issues and label approval, taking orders, arranging freight and managing inventory. As her competence and expertise grew, she became an integral part of the business.

Commenting on her promotion, Sheila said “I think I have the best job at the brewery!” Working with NCBC President Mark Ruedrich and Vice President Doug Moody, Sheila is the bridge between production and sales. She manages supply and demand. She knows when, where and how much beer is produced, the timeline of the brewing, bottling and shipping, the orders that need to be filled and how to keep the process moving along in as seamless a way as possible.

She always has a cheerful smile and a friendly greeting even in the midst of dealing with the unexpected. “I put out fires,” she says in her understated way, although she does not hesitate to say what’s on her mind, and when she does, those around her listen. After all, she is deservedly at the center of the action.

Sheila and her husband, NCBC Head Brewer and Plant Engineer Chuck Martins, have a home in Fort Bragg and are the proud parents of two children, 12 year old Joey and 11 year old Maddy. Sheila’s family life is of the utmost importance to her, as is her work life. “Not only do I feel lucky to be where I am with the business today, I feel fortunate to work with the people I do and to work for a business with such great products and high standards. It’s wonderful to feel proud of what we make and what we stand for and to contribute to the quality of life of our community.”

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