North Coast Brewing Co.

Jazz at the Sequoia Room

444 North Main Street • Fort Bragg, CA 95437 • 707-964-3400

North Coast Brewing presents Jazz at the Sequoia Room every Friday and Saturday evening starting at 6 pm. Our dinner concerts for those 13 and over (youths must be accompanied by a responsible adult) feature musicians from the national and local Jazz scene performing live on the Sequoia Room stage. The Jazz Calendar on this website lists upcoming performers, dates and times. North Coast Brewing's Sequoia Room is the place to enjoy live Jazz on the Mendocino Coast.

Purchase tickets online or via telephone: 707-964-3400.

David Brown - solo guitar

Friday, December 4

6-9 pm Dinner Jazz. No Cover - No Reservations.
Please inquire with the hostess for seating in the Sequoia Room - Full Taproom menu.

Francis Vanek and Friends

Saturday, December 5

6-9 pm Dinner Jazz. No Cover - No Reservations.
Please inquire with the hostess for seating in the Sequoia Room - Full Taproom menu.

The Adam Shulman Trio with John Wiitala & Jimmy Gallagher

Friday, December 11

One Show at 7:30

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Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz where he studied with the great pianist Smith Dobson and the trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown. He received his degree in classical performance under the tutelage of the Russian pianist Maria Ezerova.

Adam can also be seen as a sideman with countless bay area musicians and vocalists such as John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz, Andrew Speight, Dayna Stephens, Erik Jekabson, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, Faye Carrol, Kellye Gray, Ian Cary, and Mike Zilber among many others.

Adam has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Ratzo Harris, Larry Coryell, Sean Jones, Grant Stewart, John Clayton, Bobby Hutcherson and with the Glen Miller Orchestra.


John Wiitala has played bass on the San Francisco Bay Area Jazz scene for the last 35 years. John studied bass with Robert Morrow and received training in harmony and theory from Elvo D'Amante. He apprenticed with local luminaries such as Hal Stein, Jessica Williams, Bill Bell, Smiley Winters, Warren Gale,Vince Lateano, Richie Goldberg, Donald "Duck" Bailey, Al Plank and Noel Jewkes.

He has toured and recorded with Jessica Williams, Bruce Forman, Mark Levine, Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill and Randy Porter.

Backing up traveling artists is another part of the gig and John has happily accompanied Charles McPherson, Ernestine Anderson, Bud Shank, Shorty Rogers, Lou Levy, James Moody, Benny Golson, Mark Murphy, Charlie Rouse, Pete Jolly, Rebecca Parris, Joe Henderson, Sheila Jordan, Enrico Pieranuzzi, Scott Hamilton, Arturo Sandoval, Richie Cole and a host of others through the years.

Besides working with Adam Shulman's bands, John plays with Mario Guarneri's Quartet, Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill Erik Jekabson, TBD, Mark Levine's Latin Tinge, Paula West, Patrick Wolff and Anton Schwartz. He's also on the faculty at the Jazzschool Institute.


Drummer Jimmy Gallagher hales from Mendocino where he studied with pianist Kent Glenn. Jimmy has been a vital force on the local jazz scene since moving to San Francisco several years ago. Many of you may have had the pleasure of tapping your foot to Jimmy's time when he appeared with Cory Weeds at Jazz@the Sequoia Room this summer.

Watch The Adam Shulman Trio perform

The Mike Wofford Trio

Mike Wofford on piano

Jeff Hamilton on drums

Katie Thiroux on bass

Special Guest Holly Hofmann on flute

Saturday, December 12

One Show at 7:30

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Pianist Mike Wofford provides an impossibly high standard that raises everybody's game. In his own words: My piano influences are many and varied. They include, to name a few, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Sonny Clark, Herbie Nichols, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Rowles, Richard Twardzik, Glenn Gould, Bill Evans, Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, and, of course, the greatest of all, Art Tatum. My ongoing commitment has always been to absorb and, in turn, develop something of my own, which I consider the very definition of a jazz musician.

In terms of versatility alone, his curriculum vitae cannot be duplicated. He's played the sensitive accompanist role at the highest level, performing with both Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan; his studio musician credits began with Oliver Nelson and include John Lennon, laurels certainly worth resting on; yet he has also followed his muse into the avant-garde, playing with multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia, and recording with bassist Lisle Ellis, on the iconic Sucker Punch Requiem alongside free-jazz legends Oliver Lake and George Lewis.

Having appeared on over two hundred recordings as a sideman, pianist Mike Wofford now continues to record and perform primarily as a leader. This performance promises to be one you will long remember.

One of the outstanding pianists of our time. Wofford is a pianist with a mind of his own, a fine touch, a very musical sound, and technique to spare.
- DownBeat

Wofford is well worth meeting.
- Time Magazine

Watch Mike Wofford and Holly Hofmann perform

The Jim Martinez Quartet

50th Anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Friday, December 18

One Show at 7:30

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Jim Martinez is a Steinway Artist/Jazz Pianist from Sacramento area. He has worked with Lionel Hampton, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Cheryl Bentyne, Benny Golson, and many others.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi. This Jazz Concert has been performed by Mr. Martinez around the country for 20 years.

These guys are've got to seek these people out.
-Clint Eastwood

Your playing and all the musicians sound wonderful.
-Dave Brubeck

He's the real thing.
-Lionel Hampton

Jim is incredible on the piano.
-Doris Day

Watch Jim Martinez perform A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Mendocino Quartet - Gene Parsons, David Hayes, Gwyneth Moreland & Steven Bates

Saturday, Decmber 19

Two Shows at 6:00 & 8:30

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The Mendocino Quartet - Four professionals, all veterans of the international music scene. Individually, each is a gifted musician, vocalist and songwriter; together they represent a collaboration of 2 generations of Mendocino County's own. The members of The Mendocino Quartet share a deep love of music and a joyful performance style. When they take the stage, prepare for toe-tapping, knee-slapping, hand-clapping and world-class vocal harmonies and instrumental blend.

David Hayes on acoustic upright bass and vocals: a member of the Van Morrison Band for most of the last 4 decades, David is also a veteran of Jesse Colin Young's band and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. He has also played with Ray Charles, Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, John Lee Hooker, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Solomon Burke, Country Joe McDonald and dozens more. David has over 250 recordings to his credit and has circled the globe many multiple times on tour.

Gene Parsons on guitars, banjos and vocals: best known for his work with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gene is also a veteran of hundreds of stage and studio performances who has played with Arlo Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, The Everly Brothers, Randy Newman, Sheryl Crow, Vassar Clements and numerous others. Gene is also the inventor of the String-Bender, one of the most sought-after customizations for electric and acoustic guitars the world over.

Gwyneth Moreland on accordion, guitars and vocals: an acclaimed songwriter and vocalist whose solo work and tours have taken her to stages all across the U.S. and a featured spot on shows such as NPR's Music City Roots: Live at the Loveless Cafe. Gwyneth's third full-length album Ceilings Floors and Open Doors was immediately embraced by Folk radio. Its lead single debuted on the Folk chart at #3. Produced by bandmate David Hayes, the album also charted, landing at #31 for January and remained in the top 50 for much of 2015.

Steven Bates on guitars, mandolin and vocals: leader of the Steven Bates Band, a favorite in clubs from Hollywood to his hometown on the Mendocino Coast, Steven is in-demand for dozens of per-formances every year. Steven is also a veteran of many studio sessions with producers such as Bill Bottrell and musicians all along the West Coast.