North Coast Brewing’s Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale took on a new persona with the introduction of The Brother Thelonious Quintet in 2009. The quintet is 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. The Brother Thelonious Quintet CD includes new arrangements of six classic Thelonious Monk compositions along with four original tunes composed by members of the quintet.
Produced by T. S. Monk and North Coast Brewing’s Doug Moody, this project was entirely underwritten by North Coast Brewing. 100% of sales proceeds from the CD are donated to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to further international Jazz education programs.