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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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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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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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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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Brewery Taproom Celebrates Mushrooms during the Mushroom, Wine & Beer Fest November 1 through November 10 2013

Chantrelles-w-Mushroom gourmands have delicious choices at North Coast’s Brewery Taproom the first weekend of the Mushroom, Wine & Beer Fest. These dishes will pair well with a variety of North Coast’s award-winning beers, whether appetizer, side dish or entrée. In addition to the specials, wild mushroom pizza will be on the menu all three evenings.

Friday, November 1
Mushroom Trio Appetizer: marinated mushrooms, goat cheese and bacon-stuffed mushrooms and beer batter fried mushrooms with marinara sauce

Saturday, November 2
Mushroom Trio Appetizer: marinated mushrooms, goat cheese and bacon-stuffed mushrooms and beer batter fried mushrooms with marinara sauce

Sunday, November 3
Wild mushroom pasta: chanterelle, crimini and shiitake mushrooms in a marsala cream sauce, topped with shaved prosciutto and sautéed mushrooms

You can see the complete menu on the Brewery Taproom page on North Coast’s website.
444 N Main St
Ft Bragg, CA 95437
707 964-3400
Wednesday through Friday, bar and restaurant open at 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, bar opens at 2:00 pm, restaurant opens at 4:00 pm

Next week, Wednesday, November 6 through Sunday, November 10, the Brewery Taproom will feature five evenings of special mushroom dishes.

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Daryl Makk’s Laughter is the Best Medicine, a Fundraiser for Gloriana Musical Theatre on Saturday, July 13, is sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company

Daryl Makk Tours From Alberta, Canada, accompanied by comedian James Uloth, and guitarist Michael Parlengas

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“I thought I was going to stop breathing several times from laughing so hard.” Nikki Schoeny, Freeport Resident  If laughter is the best medicine then take your medicine at Daryl Makk’s comedy show, Saturday, July 13, Eagles Hall Theatre, 210 N. Corry at Alder, Fort Bragg, 7:30 pm. Adult subject matter, over 18 is advised.

Daryl brings his unique brand of stand-up comedy to the Mendocino coast while on his “The Planet Tour.” A professional comedian and touring motorcyclist Daryl is a two-time survivor of accidents caused by drivers who “did not see the motorcycle.” So now he’s out to solve the invisibility of motorcycles – one joke at a time. Using a combination of story telling and set-up punch lines, James Uloth makes observations on everyday situations we can all relate to.  According to the Humboldt Journal, “James Uloth had the crowd laughing from the get go, with quick-witted punch lines and topical humor.” Guitarist Michael Parlengas opens and closes the comedy show.

$35 ticket includes appetizers and a one drink ticket with Bistro café seating and a silent auction. Advance tickets: Tangents, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, Gloriana.org, 964-7469, and at the door

Presented by Gloriana Musical Theatre and RevUp Creative Media
Sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company
All beer at the performance donated by NCBC

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North Coast Brewing Sponsors the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet Workshop & Performance at 2013 Mendocino Music Festival on Saturday, July 20

LOOK WHO’S COMING TO TOWN!

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Clockwise from left: Miles Berry (18), tenor sax, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; James Francies (17), piano, High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston; Michael Mitchell (18), drums, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Dallas; Jose Albizu (17), bass, New World School of the Arts, Miami; Joel Ross (17), vibes, Chicago High School for the Arts; Nick Saia (17), guitar, LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, New York

How do you get to be one of the best young jazz musicians in the country? It doesn’t just happen. It takes dedication to the art form, discipline to practice for countless hours, focus during lessons, concentration during rehearsals, respect for colleagues and the creativity and chops to improvise. It also helps to have talent and some great teachers for role models, instruction and inspiration.

The six young musicians who comprise the 2013 Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet are among the best young jazz musicians in the country. They attend high schools that participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School Program. Of all the musicians in this nation-wide program they have been selected as the best of the best.

The Program is designed to support the education of gifted musicians who are attending public performing arts high schools across the nation, offering these students a high-level, musically sophisticated, performance-based jazz curriculum. Participants have the opportunity to study with some of the best jazz artists and educators in the world, perform in jazz combos with their peers, and learn, absorb and integrate what they need to gain entry into esteemed music conservatories and university music schools.

The Institute works with each school to develop a course of study that includes classes in theory, composition, improvisation, history, styles and analysis. It also provides ongoing private and group instruction with Institute educators and visiting artists. The students have opportunities to work with jazz masters and perform in high-profile student ensembles.

Over the last six years North Coast Brewing has contributed more than $500,000 to the Monk Institute in support of jazz education through contributions from the sale of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale. In its role as Presenting Sponsor of the Mendocino Music Festival, North Coast Brewing is delighted to bring the Monk Institute’s National High School All-Star Sextet to perform in the 2013 season. This is an opportunity for North Coast Brewing to dovetail two organizations it supports and bring an outstanding group of young jazz players to the Mendocino Coast. The concert will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 3:00 pm at Preston Hall on Main Street in the town of Mendocino. Tickets are on sale at the Mendocino Music Festival website or 707 937-4041 and are $25, non-reserved and limited seating. In other words, get your tickets now before they sell out.

In addition to the performance, the members of the Sextet will conduct a Peer-to-Peer Jazz Workshop, a special event free to students, on Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 am at the Matheson Theater on Ford Street in Mendocino. The workshop will be a micro version of the Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Initiative, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Through this national initiative, jazz combos in the performing arts high school programs together with established jazz artists, participate in week long performance and information workshops called “informance tours.” Members of the combos perform for and play alongside high school musicians whose schools they are visiting, acting as ambassadors of jazz. They teach their peers about the rich history of jazz and about the deeply held American values it represents: teamwork, collaboration, unity with ethnic diversity, and the vital importance of really listening to one another.

The setting on July 20 will give music students from Northern California the opportunity to work with the exceptionally gifted and motivated members of the All-Star Sextet who are eager to share their skills and knowledge and encourage their peers. High school students interested in participating should contact the Mendocino Music Festival at 707 937-4041.

Eminent jazz educator and professional bassist, Dr. J.B. Dyas, Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development at the Monk Institute, will accompany the All-Star Sextet on this visit to the Mendocino Coast. Formerly Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute, Dyas has performed across the country, taught students at every level, directed large and small ensembles, developed and implemented new jazz curricula and written for national publications. His dynamic and innovative teaching style engages and inspires. Among the many projects he works on, Dyas visits the eleven performing arts public high schools in the program two to three times a year, works with the students, mentors their teachers in how to better teach jazz and goes on the road with the groups selected for the Peer-to-Peer Informance Tours.

So, will the young musicians in the All-Star Sextet go on to become professional jazz musicians and educators? There’s a very good chance they will. These youngsters have a distinct sense of who they are. They are creative, goal oriented, focused and able to concentrate and build on their skills as individuals and in a group. The have developed self-esteem and confidence. They have high expectations for themselves. They have a passion that inspires and guides them. Whatever they decide to do, they have developed the skills to succeed and to create fulfilling lives for themselves.

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We’re Showing Off the Three New Fermentation Tanks at the Brewery

 

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The crane operators are positioning the first tank while the second tank is sitting on the truck, awaiting its turn.

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The NCBC crew helps guide the tank to the correct position for its descent to the four foot deep concrete base.

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The third tank on its way up to the brewery roof.

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Here’s a view of the roof top action from inside the brewery.

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The first two tanks are in place as the NCBC crew guides the third tank to the correct position for its descent into the brewery.

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The three new fermenters are in place inside the brewery.

All photos by Karen Wineland except last photo by Nancy Harris

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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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