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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!

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North Coast Brewing on the News in New Hampshire

Some friends in New Hampshire sent us a clip from a radio show where they mentioned our Red Seal Ale and Brother Thelonious. Enjoy!

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

Baritone Monk CD Front

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.

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“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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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.

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Flipper Tappin' Jazz Fundraiser

SealNorth Coast Brewing Presents Jazz in Support of Sea Lion Research

In support of sea lion research being conducted by the University of British Columbia in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium, North Coast Brewing is presenting two benefit Jazz events in June at Cory Weed’s Cellar Jazz Club, 3611 West Broadway Street, in Vancouver, BC.

Cory Weeds Quintet: A Tribute to Cannonball Adderly
Saturday, June 2, 2012 | Cellar Jazz Club | $17
Featuring: Cory Weeds (alto sax), Chris Davis (trumpet), Brad Turner (piano & rhodes), Andre LaChance (bass), and Roy McCurdy, original Cannonball Adderly drummer (drums)

100% of the cover charge will be donated to sea lion research at the Open Water Research Station. Co-presented by The Cellar Jazz Club and The Hard Rubber New Music Society. For more information, visit: http://cellarjazz.com & http://www.coryweeds.com

The Claire Daly Quartet: The Music of Thelonious Monk
Sunday, June 3, 2012 | Cellar Jazz Club | $15
Featuring: Claire Daly (baritone sax & flute), Steve Hudson (piano), Mary Ann McSweeney (bass), and Peter Grant (drums)

100% of the cover charge will be donated to sea lion research at the Open Water Research Station. This event is the opening night for a tour of the New York-based Claire Daly Quartet in preparation for recording a follow-up CD to North Coast Brewing’s 2009 Brother Thelonious Quintet. With sales of both CDs benefitting the education fund of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, North Coast Brewing is able to combine its support of Jazz education with their new effort to provide support for and bring awareness to the research of Steller sea lions being conducted by the University of British Columbia in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium at the Open Water Research Station in Port Moody, BC. For more information, visit: http://cellarjazz.com & http://www.clairedalymusic.com

For both events:
Cellar Jazz Club
3611 West Broadway Street
Vancouver, BC V6R 2B8
604 738-1959
doors open at 6:30 pm
set times: 8 pm & 9:30 pm

About the Open Water Research Station program: Since 1993, researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Marine Mammal Research Unit have partnered with the Vancouver Aquarium to study the mysterious decline of the Steller sea lion population in the North Pacific. This is an ambitious project to discover the reasons behind the mysterious disappearance of 80 percent of the world’s Steller sea lions and what it could mean for the ocean ecosystem.

The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life.

The University of British Columbia is one of Canada’s leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world.

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Tasting the Brother Thelonious

From Definition Ale:

“Beer and Jazz are seldom mentioned in the same circles, however craft beer and jazz are increasingly finding the same home. The North Coast Brewing Co. has celebrated this fact with their Belgian Dark Strong Ale called Brother Thelonious. Anyone passionate about jazz music should instantly pair the name to Thelonious Monk, a marvel jazz pianist who is known as one of the giants of American music. The name pairs so well with this beer because it is a style traditionally brewed by monks. So there you have it, the Brother Thelonious is a Belgian Abbey Style beer brewed in a style made famous by monks, and to honor Thelonious Monk.

“What we have here then is one of America’s most masterful breweries brining to us a historic beer style mastered by Belgian Monks, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Brother Thelonious goes to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which allows the world’s most promising young musicians the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of America’s jazz masters. I’m impressed. Not to mention that the beer is 9.4% abv, and claims a classic mahogany red color – I’d say that so far Brother Thelonious has hit all the right notes.

“The mouthfeel is soft and easy with a light silky character and moderate carbonation. It will finish clean and lightly crisp at first when it is colder, but eventually becomes a warming and more soothing drink as the ambient room temperature gets to it. I would enjoy this beer with just about anyone, and with a wide variety of foods. Creamy and old cheeses will work very well here, so will roasted meats, anything from the grill, or chocolate or fruit based desserts.”

Read the whole review here.

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North Coast Brewing Collaborates in DC Fundraiser

Moody, Monk, and Eubanks

North Coast Senior VP Doug Moody (right) with T.S. Monk III (left) and Kevin Eubanks (center), at Brasserie Beck in Washington D.C., a Brewmaster Dinner fundraiser for Monk Institute that preceded the annual scholarship competition.

Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Brasserie Beck is well known in the Washington DC area both for its selection of over 100 Belgian beers and its award-winning kitchen. On October 3, 2010, the Brasserie collaborated with North Coast Brewing Co., pairing our American-brewed Belgian-style beers with an exciting menu. The dinner was a fundraiser for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The sold-out event was attended by the Institute’s Chairman, T.S. Monk III, and Kevin Eubanks, former musical director of The Tonight Show, now director of the Institute’s Jazz in the Classroom program, as well as NCBC founders, President Mark Ruedrich, Executive VP Tom Allen and Senior VP Doug Moody. Read more.

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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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Brother Thelonious Quartet Review in All About Jazz

North Coast Brewing Brother Thelonious Quartet CDReviewed by Mark Corroto in All About Jazz:

Nobody can deny the distinctive signature of Thelonious Monk‘s music. Written for simple piano, bass, and drums, it is a remarkable blending of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Now, expand his conception into a quintet setting and the challenge as Monk would say, to “lift the bandstand,” presents itself to the musicians and arrangers.

Assigning such a task to six distinguished graduates of The Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz finds the music in great hands. Featuring a core quintet of Helen Sung (piano), Alan Hampton (bass), James Alsenders (drums), Wayne Escoffery (tenor saxophone), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) and adding vocalist Gretchen Parlato on one track, the group recorded six Monk classic compositions and four original tracks. The music was produced by North Coast Brewing Company, maker of a very nice dark Belgian-style ale called Brother Thelonious, with a painting of Monk on the label, piously dressed as a monk.

All the proceeds of the sale of this fabulous disc go The Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz, as if we need another reason to pour a cold one when listening to Brother Thelonious.

Read the whole review here.

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Brother Thelonious: The CD

Brother Thelonious, the CDNorth Coast Brewing Co. publishes the Brother Thelonious Quintet, made up of Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance alumni, with Helen Sung, class of ’97, on piano; Alan Hampton, class of ’05, on bass; James Alsanders, class of ’05, on drums; Wayne Escoffery, class of 99, on tenor sax and Ambrose Akinmusire, class of ’07, on trumpet. Vocalist Gretchen Parlato, class of ’03, performs on the closing track. Read more and hear some of the tunes.

All the proceeds of the sale of this fabulous disc go to The Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz, as if we need another reason to pour a cold one when listening to Brother Thelonious. Read the review in All About Jazz

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