A vibraphonist with a charismatic and pointedly contemporary style.
Dan McCarthy is a Canadian jazz vibraphonist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Toronto, ON, Dan quickly made a name for himself on the Toronto jazz scene, performing with such notable Canadian artists as Ted Warren, Pat Collins, Peter Appleyard, Ted Quinlan, Lorne Lofsky, Terry Clarke, Brandi Disterheft, Laila Biali, and Don Thompson.
Moving to New York City in 2004 brought many more opportunities for Dan, giving him the chance to play and record with some of the top jazz musicians in the world, such as Steve Swallow, JD Allen, Ben Monder, Mark Feldman, George Garzone, Myron Walden, Rudy Royston, Mark Shim, Ari Hoenig, Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Gerald Cleaver, and Ingrid Jensen.
He released his first record, "Interwords" in 2006, which was hailed by Geoff Chapman of The Toronto Star as one of the top 10 jazz records of the year. His playing has been called "ambitious", "arresting", and "show-stopping" by George Harris at All About Jazz Los Angeles, who also said his Dan "walks the tightrope between calm gentility and fiery abandon". Mark F. Turner at All About Jazz New York says that "Dan gives new visions of the mallet instrument."
Dan's second record, "Let's Start The Show", released in 2009, features the unique combination of vibraphone and banjo, accompanied by bass and drums. Jazz critic Kurt Gottschalk described the album as "cinematic." In 2018, Dan released a free-improvisation duo record that was recorded in 2004 with fellow Toronto pianist Gordon Webster, entitled "Constellation."
In addition to performing, Dan is also actively engaged in music education as a private teacher as well as giving masterclasses and clinics at high schools and colleges in Toronto and New York.
Dan exclusively uses and endorses BlueHaus Mallets.