A Selmer-Paris endorsed saxophonist and Truth Revolution Records recording artist, 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," landing a two-night premiere in November 2015 at the Flynn Theater for Performing Arts, and an upcoming album on the popular New York City record label, Truth Revolution Records. Brian is also a recipient of a Vermont Community Foundation grant for an upcoming quartet album. 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.
Offstage, Brian has laid down roots as a central figure in presenting and education. A faculty member at the University of Vermont and is director of bands at Saint Michael's College. In addition to his college involvement, he is active with students at the middle and high school level as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor with the Nassau County All County Festival, Green Mountain District Music Festival and Vermont All-State Music Festival. In 2011, Brian also established and continues to produce Jazz at St. Michael's College, a concert and educational series featuring artists such as Mulgrew Miller, Joe Locke, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash/Nat Reeves, and The New World Jazz Composers Octet.
In the news:
- 11/29/17: Seven Days, "Album Review: Brian McCarthy, CODEX"
- 8/16/17: Seven Days, "How Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Inspired Brian McCarthy's Latest Album"