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 McCarthy's 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 Vermont's most popular night clubs, you've 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 Michael's 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."