Joe McCarthy

Joe McCarthy

In demand as both performer and educator, Joe McCarthy's versatility has taken him from Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, to Afro Cuban, Bebop, and beyond. Joe is the leader/founder of the Grammy Award winning Afro Bop Alliance, an Afro Cuban Jazz Septet based in the Washington DC area.

Afro Bop is featured on the new Caribbean Jazz Project CD released on Heads-Up International, winner of the 2008 Grammy for Latin Jazz Album of the year, as well as being nominated for the 51st Grammy Awards in the same category.

Active in recording, Joe has been featured on numerous projects, as well as producing all of the Afro Bop recordings and co-producing the Caribbean Jazz Project cd. The band’s 2 previous releases, Encarnacion and Camino Nuevo have received critical acclaim, worldwide, including Camino Nuevo winning the 2006 Wammie for Latin Album of the Year.

Joe has performed and or recorded with: The Caribbean Jazz Project, Slide Hampton, Antonio Hart, Poncho Sanchez, Dave Samuels, Arturo O'Farrill, Michael Mossman, Ray Vega, Jimmy Bruno, Michael Formanek, Mitch Seidman, Bill Warfield, Mundell Lowe, Alain Mallet, Christian Howes, Roberto Quintero and Boris Kozlov.

Joe is the Drummer for the United States Naval Academy Band's Jazz Ensemble, The Next Wave, and Principal Percussionist of the USNA Band’s Wind Ensemble

Joe is also a member of The Global Percussion Trio, a dynamic group featured at the 2006 PASIC Convention, and co-leader of the Norman/McCarthy Big Band with their 2007 release of “Words Cannot Express,” on OA2 Records. Active in education, Joe is an Adjunct Professor of Drumset and Afro-Cuban Percussion Studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and in demand as a clinician throughout the US and abroad. Joe has written for Jazz Improv Magazine, Latin Percussion’s “All About Rhythm” and has contributed to the educational websites of Zildjian and Innovative Percussion, as well as many others.

Joe’s Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along Book/CD is published by Alfred Music .

Joe proudly endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Innovative Percussion, Lp Percussion and Remo Drumheads.

The Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along book and CD gives the drummer/percussionist an opportunity to play contemporary Afro-Cuban music in a big band setting. The book and CD includes six charts from the Grammy®-award-winning Caribbean Jazz Project album, Afro-Bop Alliance (featuring Dave Samuels).

The tracks, minus the drum/percussion parts, will give the player an opportunity to solo and experiment with a variety of groove and/or style variations.

The Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along DVD gives the drummer/percussionist an opportunity to play contemporary Afro-Cuban music in a big band setting. State-of-the-art camera work gives an in-depth look at Joe’s multi-level approach to playing these exciting rhythms, while his focused, straight-ahead concepts take the mystery out of applying these grooves to the music of today. The DVD features play-along tracks (minus the drums), an E-book containing the complete charts and examples demonstrated on the DVD, and bonus tracks of additional tunes from Afro-Bop Alliance.

Joe McCarthy, Tony Banda, Poncho Sanchez, Harry Appelman, Felix,
(Rob the engineer), Tim Stanley, Antonio Hart

AfroBop Alliance at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe

Afro Bop Alliance 2007

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