Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Brian McCarthy

Saxphonist, composer and arranger Brian McCarthy draws inspiration from the history of jazz, while maintaining a modern awareness. His debut nonet project, The Better Angels of Our Nature, began with a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council in 2014. Earning 4 ½ Stars from Downbeat Magazine, Brian Zimmerman called the work “a jazz album that makes a cavernous impression for its arresting beauty and conceptual brilliance.” Renowned author and journalist Bob Blumenthal says the project “is both timeless (as is all great music) and could not be more timely. Brian McCarthy has assembled an ensemble of brilliant players and given them music of deep roots and resonant meaning.” Brian is endorsed by Selmer-Paris saxophones and D’Addario Woodwinds, and has additionally released two albums of small group material. All About Jazz says McCarthy “touches those roads Joshua Redman travels on with a fresh footing. This band excels at building anticipation.” His latest quartet album Codex (2017), was awarded grants from the Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment Fund in 2015 and 2018 for a new nonet project “AFTER|LIFE,” and continues to perform in NYC, Connecticut and Vermont. Brian is also the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at the University of Vermont and the Adjunct Director of Bands at St. Michael’s College.

Additional Links: 
Brian McCarthy website featuring audio and video examples.

I Have Worked With

  • September 2014

    Concert/Performance

  • May 2013

    2013 Jazz Orchestra Guest Conductor

  • February 2012

    2012 Jazz Ensemble Guest Conductor

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Brian
Job Title/Position: 
Musician, Composer
Mailing Address: 
616 Camp Kiniya Road
Colchester, VT 05446
Physical Address: 
Burlington, VT 05401
Last Name: 
McCarthy

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Jazz
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Jazz
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Nonprofits
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Vermont Arts Council
Awards: 
Creation Grant - 2015

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
All technical is negotiable based on the room size.-Sound System with at least a 12 channel mixer- 4 monitor wedges- 2 horn, 1 piano, 1 bass amp and 1 talk microphone Backline: Piano or keyboard supplied by venue
Fee Range Minimum: 
$1,500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$9,000
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
9
Maximum Number of Performers: 
9

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Music
Ages Served: 
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$50
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500