Canadian vibraphonist Dan McCarthy spent the first 18 years of his life engaged in one form of musical studies or another, before finally entering the Jazz Programme at Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts and Sciences. It was there that Dan had to opportunity to study with some of Canada’s elite, such as multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson, and saxophonist Pat Laberbera. Dan completed his diploma cum laude, and instantly began his career performing with his former teachers, mentors, and peers around Canada and the United States. Former Director of Jazz Studies at Humber College says that Dan is “a person that Toronto and Canada will want to take a lot of credit for in the near future”. Don Thompson calls Dan “a serious talent”.
In 2004, Dan made the move to New York City, where his career continued to flourish. Within his first year in New York, Dan had performed with some of the best musicians the city has to offer, including saxophonist Myron Walden, flautist Jeremy Steig, fellow Canadian trumpet player Ingrid Jensen, and most recently shared the stage during IAJE at Birdland’s After-Hours JazzCornerJams with Gary Bartz and Robin Eubanks, among others.
Most recently, Dan has just completed his debut record, INTERWORDS, which includes trio members Matt Wigton on bass and Greg Ritchie on drums, and features saxophonist Myron Walden. The CD was released in March to great reviews from critics and fans alike. Geoff Chapman, jazz critic for Toronto’s biggest newspaper, The Toronto Star, calls the CD “…excellent…the liquid McCarthy sound and original writing are superb”.