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

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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.

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