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, 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 George Garzone, Myron Walden, Mark Shim, Ari Hoenig, Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Jeremy Steig, 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. All records can be heard on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.
Most recently, Dan is leading a quartet featuring fellow Brooklynites Randy Ingram, Michael Bates, and Jeff Davis. The band has performed around New York, and has recently recorded an EP, entitled “Mejis”, which features all of Dan’s original compositions, and can be heard here on SoundCloud.
In addition to performing, Dan is also actively engaged in music education, teaching lessons to younger jazz students (vibraphone and otherwise), as well as giving masterclasses and clinics at high schools and colleges in Toronto and New York.
Dan exclusively uses BlueHaus Mallets and Ludwig-Musser vibraphones.