Afro Bop Alliance is an exciting Latin Jazz septet from Annapolis Maryland, which performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. These talented musicians always thrill audiences with their infectious polyrhythmic grooves, harmonic colorings, and improvisational flights.
The band's influences come from the musical styles of the many different cultures which come together under the umbrella of Latin or Latin Jazz. Afro Bop's focus is to blend all of these wonderful Latin styles and musical traditions with each member's jazz experiences to forge their own band sound.
At the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, Afro Bop Alliance was awarded a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Recording their 2008 CD, Caribbean Jazz Project - Afro Bop Alliance featuring Dave Samuels. This same CD was also nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
In February 2007, Afro Bop Alliance was presented the Best Latin Recording award by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for their 2006 recording, Camino Nuevo.
About Joe McCarthy - Drumset, Percussion
Grammy Award winning drummer, producer and bandleader Joe McCarthy has lead a diverse career which has taken him from Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, to Afro Cuban, Bebop, and beyond. Joe is the leader/founder of Afro Bop Alliance, an Afro Cuban Jazz Ensemble based in the Washington DC area. The band's 2011 release, UNA MÁS, on OA2 records follows Afro Bop Alliance, released in conjunction with Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project on Heads-Up International, winner of the 2008 Latin Grammy for Latin Jazz Album of the Year and nominated for the 51st Grammy Awards in the same category. The band’s 2 previous releases, Encarnacion and Camino Nuevo have received critical acclaim, worldwide. Joe has performed and or recorded with: The Caribbean Jazz Project, Eddie Daniels, Slide Hampton, Pat LaBarbera, Wayne Bergeron, Linda Oh, Luis Perdomo, Antonio Hart, Poncho Sanchez, Dave Samuels, Arturo O'Farrill, Michael Mossman, Ray Vega, Jimmy Bruno, Michael Formanek, Mitch Seidman, Luques and Zaccai Curtis, Mundell Lowe, Alain Mallet, Christian Howes, Roberto Quintero, Boris Kozlov and Arturo Stables.