Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy is a Canadian jazz vibraphonist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Toronto, ON, Dan quickly made a name for himself on the Toronto jazz scene, performing with such notable Canadian artists as Ted Warren, Pat Collins, Peter Appleyard, Ted Quinlan, Lorne Lofsky, Terry Clarke, Brandi Disterheft, Laila Biali, and Don Thompson.

Moving to New York City in 2004 brought many more opportunities for Dan, giving him the chance to play and record with some of the top jazz musicians in the world, such as Steve Swallow, Ben Monder, Mark Feldman, George Garzone, Myron Walden, Rudy Royston, Mark Shim, Ari Hoenig, Gerald Cleaver, and Ingrid Jensen.

He released his first record, “Interwords” in 2006, which was hailed by Geoff Chapman of The Toronto Star as one of the top 10 jazz records of the year. His playing has been called “ambitious”, “arresting”, and “show-stopping” by George Harris at All About Jazz Los Angeles, who also said his Dan “walks the tightrope between calm gentility and fiery abandon”. Mark F. Turner at All About Jazz New York says that “Dan gives new visions of the mallet instrument”.

Dan’s second record, “Let’s Start The Show”, released in 2009, features the unique combination of vibraphone and banjo, accompanied by bass and drums. Jazz critic Kurt Gottschalk described the album as “cinematic”. In 2018, Dan released a free-improvisation duo record that was recorded in 2004 with fellow Toronto pianist Gordon Webster, entitled “Constellation”. All records can be heard on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.

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”Dan gives new visions of the mallet instrument…the trio plays every selection as if it were the last opportunity - with deep feeling, expectancy, and freedom - the very things that make jazz so appealing.” —Mark Turner, All About Jazz

”Dan possesses a truly attractive yet modern sound as he immerses us into his world” —George W. Carroll/The Musicians' Ombudsman

”furiously wild and shimmering vibe melodies” —Tom Sekowski, Live Music Report

”McCarthy’s recent Interwords (2006) highlighted his gorgeous sonoric clarity in the context of a potpourri of genres that always kept the melody in sight” —Elliott Simon, All About Jazz

Primary Instrument

Vibraphone

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

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Discography

Epoch

Epoch

Origin Records
2019

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City Abstract

City Abstract

Origin Records
2019

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Tucksy - The EP

Tucksy - The EP

Self Produced
2007

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Interwords

Interwords

Self Produced
2006

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Bleyto

Bleyto

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City Abstract

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