Every Sunday, The Whistler and North Coast Brewing team up to present our favorite jazz artists. The Wills Mckenna Quintet is a Chicago-based band comprised of Wills McKenna (tenor saxophone), Jeff Swanson (guitar), Matt Gold (guitar) Lane Beckstrom (bass), Matt Carroll (drums). The band plays music drawing from a variety of styles including jazz, rock, shoegaze, grunge, improvised and noise music, using its double guitar formation to create a full and complex yet melodic sonic landscape. The quintet’s repertoire is largely made up of Wills Mckenna’s original compositions, drawing from not only jazz influences but bands and artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Elliott Smith, and Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis.
North Coast Brewing is a proud supporter of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. For every case of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold, North Coast Brewing makes a contribution to the Institute in support of jazz education. To date they’ve contributed over one million dollars to the Institute.