Born: April 13, 1981 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
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.
When hes not headlining, you can find him rounding out the horn section with mogul jazz trumpeter Ray Vega and his Quintet. And those who frequent Vermonts most popular night clubs, youve no doubt seen his iconic silver tenor saxophone with The Grippo Funk Band. Offstage, McCarthy is a central figure in music education. He is the Director of the Jazz Orchestra at Saint Michaels College, and an adjunct professor at University of Vermont and Johnson State College. Renowned saxophone guru Dr. David Demsey calls Brian, a major force and fixture on the northern New England music scene.
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
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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 email@example.com for further 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.