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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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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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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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Ensemble VIII Presents European Masterworks for Men’s Voices on January 10th and 11th 2014

Ensemble VIII, a vocal group dedicated to presenting Renaissance and Baroque music, will present a very special concert on January 10 and 11 2014 in Austin and Georgetown, Texas. Under the direction of founder and conductor Dr. James Morrow, the men of Ensemble VIII graphicEnsemble VIII will perform a selection of European Masterworks for Men’s Voices featuring music of the Renaissance. Selections include William Byrd’s Three Voice Mass, Lassus Missa Pro Defunctis and Antoine Brummel’s Mater Patria et Filia.

North Coast Brewing is pleased to be a major sponsor of this group of highly trained early music vocalists. The ensemble performs at the highest artistic level with a keen attention to scholarship and historically informed performances practices. Ensemble VIII is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization.

Performances are as follows:
Friday, January 10 at 7:30 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel
7601 Burnet Road, Austin
Saturday, January 11 at 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
410 E University Avenue, Georgetown

To purchase tickets and to learn more about Ensemble VIII, please visit the website.

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Dinner Jazz at North Coast Brewery’s Sequoia Room December 27 & 28, 2013

The end of the year brings a special group of musicians to North Coast Brewing’s regular Friday and Saturday evening Dinner Jazz. On Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28 an exceptional group of six musicians will perform jazz standards on the newly built stage in the Sequoia Room.

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The sextet includes Dinner Jazz regulars and coastal jazz icons Richard Cooper on the 1877 Weller Square Grand Piano and Francis Vanek on tenor sax. Special guests include guitar virtuoso Randy Vincent, rising stars Levi Saelua on alto sax and Gabe Yanez on drums, and seasoned professional and all-around sideman Greg D’Augelli on bass.

Dinner Jazz guests will have the opportunity to enjoy North Coast Brewing’s fare while experiencing the excitement of live performance and the musical collaboration and improvisation that is the soul of jazz.

Dinner Jazz begins at 6 pm and the musicians will perform until 9 pm. Reservations are not required. North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room is in the Brewery Taproom on the southeast corner of Main and Pine Streets in Fort Bragg.

Photo by Sharon Garner – Musicians from L to R – Francis Vanek, Richard Cooper Greg D’Augelli and Randy Vincent

 

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Ensemble VIII Presents a Special Holiday Concert in Austin Texas on December 17th & 18th

Ensemble-VIII-(w)May-2011Ensemble VII, a group of highly trained early music singers, will bring a beautiful and spiritual holiday concert to the City of Austin on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 17th and 18th at 7:30 pm at the St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel.

Under the direction of conductor Dr. James Morrow, the group will perform the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Introduced at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England in 1918, the work features nine readings from the Bible with choral works of the season sung between the readings. At these two performances the Bible selections will be read by prominent citizens of Austin and audience members will be asked to join in the singing of several well-loved and familiar carols. Ensemble VIII co-founder Donald Meineke will be the featured organist for these concerts.

The King’s College version of Lessons and Carols was originally introduced to bring a more imaginative approach to holiday worship. An earlier version of the work, used in 1880 by the Bishop of Truro in Cornwall, was instigated as a 10 pm December 24th service designed specifically to keep men out of pubs. Even so…North Coast Brewing is pleased to be a major sponsor of Ensemble VIII and of the two special concerts in December.

Tickets to these concerts can be purchased online. The St Louis Catholic Church Chapel is located at 7601 Burnet Road in Austin.

Additional concerts in Ensemble VIII’s season include:

European Masterworks for Men’s Voices
Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel in Austin, Texas
Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas

Love Songs from Italy
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 3 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel in Austin, Texas

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North Coast Brewing Sponsors Live Broadcast of Trumpet Virtuoso Arturo Sandoval at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston

Eric Jackson hosts the live stream broadcast on Boston’s WGBH
on November 29 at 10 pm EST

It’s quite a collaboration! North Coast Brewing Company of Fort Bragg, California, Boston Public Radio WGBH and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston are joining forces to bring one of the greatest jazz musicians of our times, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, to the Massachusetts airways.

Preparing to celebrate its 25th Anniversary year, Scullers Jazz Club is an award winning Scullers-(w)venue with a commitment to showcase the best in live music and provide a diverse line-up of the greatest talent in jazz, R&B and blues. Live at Scullers is a new venture for Scullers and WGBH. Eric Jackson, known as the “dean of Boston jazz radio,” brings listeners the very best jazz from recordings at the WGBH studios, around the city of Boston, and from across the country on his Eric in the Evening broadcast. So now the two Boston icons – the landmark jazz club and the innovative radio station – have formed a partnership.

North Coast Brewing Company, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, has been involved with jazz education and performance since its beginnings in 1988. A pioneer in the craft beer industry, it is also a model for commerce meeting arts. A proud supporter of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz since 2006, North Coast Brewing makes a donation to the Monk Institute for every bottle of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold. The beer, named as a tribute to the great composer and musician Thelonious Monk, is a working example of the brewery’s passion for jazz. Donations to the Institute will soon reach one million dollars.

North Coast also supports jazz education and jazz festivals across the U.S.A., including the Montclair Jazz Festival and Jazz House Kids in New Jersey, the Monterey Jazz Festival and SFJAZZ Festivals in California, the American Jazz Museum’s 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Festival in Missouri, and the Portland Jazz Festival in Oregon, amongst others.

So now, on Friday, November 29 at 10 pm the east coast nightclub and radio station are teaming up with the west coast brewery to bring to the airways a live broadcast of one of the world’s most dynamic performers, Arturo Sandoval.

Arturo-Sandoval-(w)Born in Cuba, he began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12 and soon discovered the excitement of jazz music. Once in the U.S., he became the protégé of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie. In the course of his career, Arturo Sandoval has received nine Grammy® awards, six Billboard awards and one Emmy award. In 2013 he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

He has recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Bill Conti, Stan Getz, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys amongst many others. He has performed with John Williams with the Boston Pops, and in the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.

In addition to his virtuosic abilities on trumpet and flugelhorn, Arturo Sandoval is also a renowned classical artist, pianist, composer and educator. He performs regularly with symphony orchestras around the world and recorded John Williams Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. He is a composer at home in such diverse genres as jazz, Latin jazz, rock, country, funk, folk and classical music. He has composed for movies, television and stage. Through his residency programs Arturo Sandoval offers one-to-one classes, instruction to small groups, lectures, master classes and clinics. He is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our times.

Eric Jackson will introduce Arturo Sandoval on the live stream broadcast of Live at Scullers on 89.7 WGBH at 10 pm eastern standard time on Friday, November 29.

Photo of Arturo Sandoval by Manny Iriarte
Photo of Scullers provided by Scullers

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Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival Presents a Salute to George Duke on October 12th

Maysa(w)The 2013 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, October 12 from 11:00 am to midnight features great jazz and blues on multiple stages at the award-winning American Jazz Museum in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic Jazz District. The centerpiece of the 18th & Vine is a Salute to George Duke (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013), a multi-talented genre busting musician, composer, singer, producer, arranger, music director and teacher. Headliners performing on the Museum’s Main Stage include Pieces of a Dream, Bobby Lyle & Maysa, Con Funk Shun, the Messenger Legacy, Bettye LaVette and Kelley Hunt.

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In addition to the great music, a full day at the festival offers a food and arts court, the Jazz Links Education Workshop, jazz film screenings, panel sessions, the children’s museum and a host of other activities. North Coast Brewing is the Official Beer of the 18th & Vine Festival, and proud to be a part of this multi-cultural celebration in one of America’s greatest jazz crossroads. All proceeds from the festival support cultural programming at the American Jazz Museum.

The mission of the American Jazz Museum is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, education, exhibition and research. Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival connects the community to its cultural heritage.

Bettye-LaVette(w)For more information, go the Festival’s website, visit ticketmaster.com or call the Museum box office at 816 474-6262. Photos from top to bottom: Maysa, Kelley Hunt and Bettye LaVette.

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