Dan McCarthy was born in Toronto, Ontario, in August of 1980. After college, Dan stepped on to the Toronto jazz scene full time, having already become a veteran playing at some of Canada's top venues. In August 2004, Dan made the move to New York, where his career continues to grow. Dan is now one of the most original -sounding and sought-after vibraphonists in North America. He has performed with Myron Walden, Jeremy Steig, Robin Eubanks, Ingrid Jensen, Don Thompson, Gary Bartz, and Terry Clarke, among others.
Recently, Dan completed his debut record, INTERWORDS, which includes trio members Matt Wigton on bass and Greg Ritchie on drums, and features saxophonist Myron Walden. Drawing on such varied influences as Gary Burton, Mos Def, John Mayer, Damien Rice, and Brad Mehldau, INTERWORDS gives the listener something that most records these days lack: jazz melodies with a pop music approach. Shorter songs , with catchy melodies that are still harmonically complex and interesting to even the most trained ear are featured on this album. His Short Stories are 30 second pieces that are designed to pique the listener's attention and leave them wanting more.
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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
New York, NY
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students