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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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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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Claire Daly Quartet Shines at Saturday Afternoon Concert at 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival

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Richard Scheinin, music reviewer and critic for the San Jose Mercury News, thoroughly enjoyed the Claire Daly Quartet’s afternoon concert at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival, featuring selections from the Baritone Monk album and sponsored by North Coast Brewing Co. He wrote about the many choices of concerts he could attend, and decided he wanted to hear the music of Thelonious Monk. He was not disappointed! Read the complete article here.

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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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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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Supporting America's Art Form

 

Monterey Jazz Festival boardmember Client Eastwood with Mark Ruedrich

Mark Ruedrich, brewmaster, with Monterey Jazz Fest boardmember, Clint Eastwood

We travelled to Monterey in September to take part in the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running Jazz event in the world. For the fifth straight year, North Coast was the sponsoring brewery for the Jazz festival (having replaced Anheuser-Busch). The brewery first came to the attention to the festival organizers upon the release of our “Brother Thelonious,” the beer honoring Jazz icon Thelonious Monk, in April of 2006. Read More

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