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Brian McCarthy

Truth Revolution Records recording artist and Selmer-Paris saxophonist, Brian McCarthy is an active player, composer and educator. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters from William Paterson University, Brian returned to Vermont to cultivate and expand the appreciation of jazz in his home state. A Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant recipient for his 9-piece ensemble project “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” landed a two-night premiere in November 2015 and an album release on Truth Revolution Records (2017). His first album as a leader, “This Just In” (2013), received wide acclaim. All About Jazz says “[McCarthy] touches those roads Joshua Redman travels on with a fresh footing. This band excels at building anticipation… exciting” and “[McCarthy’s] alto has plenty of fire without surrendering its lighter touch.” John Barron, of Jazz World Blog says “Saxophonist Brian McCarthy takes a progressive approach to straight-ahead jazz, demonstrating a strong command of the jazz saxophone lineage.” The album was heard from coast to coast on radio stations and syndicated programming like Jazz After Hours with Jim Wilke. When he is not headlining, you can find Brian at Hotel Vermont alongside jazz trumpeter Ray Vega and with Burlington's most popular funk establishment, The Grippo Funk Band.

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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

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Saxophone

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Credentials/Background

Over 15 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 $50 per hour, $30 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 lessons@brianmccarthyjazz.com for further information.

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