Brian McCarthy

Born: April 13, 1981    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Brian McCarthy

An accomplished performer and formidable composer/arranger, Brian McCarthy is a prominent example of the modern day instrumentalist. An intoxicating improviser, with a mature sound and adaptive skills, make McCarthy a highly sought after musician. From the halls of William Paterson University, to the stage at The Blue Note, he has performed and recorded with trumpet legend Clark Terry. In 2010, bassist Mike Gordon, of the superstar jam band Phish, called upon McCarthys talents to arrange and play on his latest solo release Moss. His debut album as a leader, Brian McCarthy Quartet (2011), embodies the vision of two years writing that showcases original jazz produced in his home base of Vermont. Dan Bolles of Seven Days says McCarthy snags the spotlight for himself, delivering a sparkling album of original compositions. All About Jazz says [McCarthys] alto has plenty of fire without surrendering its lighter touch....
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“This just in...literally! [McCarthy] touches those roads Joshua Redman travels on with a fresh footing. This band excels at building anticipation, Justin Kauflin on piano is one to watch, exciting.” - All About Jazz

“McCarthy exhibits an evocative tenderness…a captivating and exciting record…

-Hrayr Attarian, AAJ

“Saxophonist Brian McCarthy takes a progressive approach to straight-ahead jazz, demonstrating a strong command of the jazz saxophone lineage.”

-John Barron, World Jazz Blog

Brian McCarthy This Just In (2013) Brian McCarthy Brian McCarthy Quartet (2011) Melvin Sparks Live (to be released 2014) The Sweet Remains North & Prospect (2013) Clark Terry CT and WP: A Perfect Match (2013) Clint Bierman & The Necessary Means Click (2012) Barika Rise (2012) Mike Gordon Moss (2010) Stephanie White and the Philth Harmonic Knee Deep in Sanity (2010) Tom Casale Two Quartets Live at the Lilypad (2010) Ian Macaulay Etc…(2009) Voice Voice(2004)

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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Over 12 years teaching experience privately and within institutions. BM in Jazz Performance and MM in Composition and Arranging. Brian is the Director of the Saint Michael's College Jazz Orchestra, FlynnArts ensemble coach, and teaches regularly at UVM, Johnson State College, Hazen Union, and Harwood Union. Private lessons are available upon request for classical or jazz instrumental instruction, composition, arranging and theory lessons. Lesson rates are $40 per hour, $25 per 1/2 hour. Special group rates available for high school students, please have you band director contact for further information. Now accepting credit card payments for lessons through PayPal (PayPal account not required). Please contact me at for further information.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Brian will be giving clinics at the upcoming VMEA (Vermont Music Educators Association) Conference in October. The clinics will be dealing with "Teaching improvisation" and "Saxophone Equipment." Check back for exact times and location.

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Brian McCarthy is a Conn-Selmer and Selmer Paris Artist—Soprano Saxophone— Horn - Selmer Super Action 80 Series II - Gold Lacquer, Mouthpiece - Bari 68 - Hard Rubber, Selmer S80 C* - Hard Rubber—Alto Saxophone—Horn - Selmer 1957 Mark VI - Gold Lacquer, Mouthpiece - Vandoren V5-A35 - Hard Rubber, Vintage Selmer Soloist Short Shank D – Hard Rubber Selmer S80 C* - Hard Rubber—Tenor Saxophone—Horn - Selmer 1946 Balanced Action - Silver Plated, Mouthpiece - Doc Tenney Slant Signature Otto Link 7 - Hard Rubber, Selmer S80 C* - Hard Rubber—Baritone Sax—Horn - Selmer Super Action 80 Series II - Mouthpiece - Vandoren V16-B9 - Hard Rubber, Selmer S80 C* - Hard Rubber

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This Just In
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