Ray Vega Quintet, Grippo Funk BandSaint Michaels College University of Vermont Johnson State College Flynn Center For Performing Arts
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.
When hes not headlining, you can find him rounding out the horn section with mogul jazz trumpeter Ray Vega and his Quintet. And those who frequent Vermonts most popular night clubs, youve no doubt seen his iconic silver tenor saxophone with The Grippo Funk Band. Offstage, McCarthy is a central figure in music education. He is the Director of the Jazz Orchestra at Saint Michaels College, and an adjunct professor at University of Vermont and Johnson State College. Renowned saxophone guru Dr. David Demsey calls Brian, a major force and fixture on the northern New England music scene."
Soprano Saxophone Horn: Super Action 80 Series II - Gold Lacquer Mouthpiece: S80 C* - Hard Rubber
Alto Saxophone Horn: 1957 Mark VI - Gold Lacquer Horn: Reference 45 - Gold Lacquer Mouthpiece: Vintage Selmer Soloist Short Shank D " Hard Rubber Selmer S80 C* - Hard Rubber
Baritone Saxophone Horn:Super Action 80 Series II - Gold Lacquer Mouthpiece: Vandoren V16 B9 - S80 C*
Accessories Selmer Reed Cases Selmer-Walt Johnson saxophone cases/covers
Brian McCarthy - \'This Just In\' (2013, self-released) Brian McCarthy - \'Brian McCarthy Quintet\' (2012) Clint Bierman - (2012, self-released) Barika Ensemble -(2012, self-released) Brian McCarthy - Brian McCarthy Quartet (2011, self-released) Mike Gordon - Moss (2010, Rounder Records) Stephanie White And the Philth Harmonic - Knee Deep in Sanity (2010, self-released) Tom Casale The Music of Tom Casale - Two Quartets Live at the Lilypad (2010, self-released) Ian Macaulay - Etc (2009, self-released) Clark Terry - Untitled album (Coming Soon...) Voice - Voice (2004, self-released)