Born: February 1, 1950
Nora McCarthy has been a steady fixture on the New York music scene since 1996 when she recorded her first CD red&blue with pianist John diMartino, bass-Essiet Okon Essiet, drums-Alvester Garnett, t-sax-Mike Lee and percussionist, Sato Takeishi. She and her various groups have appeared in the top jazz rooms, performance spaces, concert halls, clubs, cafes and galleries in the city and elsewhere in the world. McCarthy possesses the earthiness of an early blues singer, the articulation, phrasing and timbre of a jazz trumpet. An adept and exhilarating improviser, she performs in every situation from duo to a twenty piece large ensemble from straight ahead jazz to the free and avant-garde idioms. ...
“…Most of all, McCarthy and Sylvester are dedicated to using art as a means to elevate and celebrate the human spirit; their music is about joy and creativity, and cultivating the finer aspects of the human soul.” Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz, 5/2012
“….McCarthy and Sylvester are really in their element on Coleman’s “The Blessing” and “The Sphynx”, stretching out into abstract territory and channeling their spiritual perception of the alto saxophonist’s forward-thinking messages while also maintaining their own confidently probing voices.” Sam Spokony, All About jazz, 10, 2013
“….The Light of Truth’s High Noon Is Not For Tender Leaves.” a McCarthy original from the Spirit Driven double CD has a spirituality that recalls the late Abbey Lincoln, and McCarthy really soars with that Lincoln-ish mood...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundThrough her vast experience in the jazz and creative
music field, McCarthy also conducts various workshops and
master classes that deal with, among other things, vocal
Nora has developed a unique approach to teaching voice and improvisation and is founder of "The Zen Of Singing...The Spiritual Path To Finding Your Voice.”™
In April, 2007, Ms...