2021 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Brian McCarthy’s Neo-Standards

Church Street in front of City Hall


A celebration of standards featuring all new arrangements written for Burlington Discover Jazz Festival by saxophonist/composer Brian McCarthy.

  • Brian McCarthy, alto saxophone, composer, arranger
  • Dave Ellis, trumpet/flugelhorn
  • Daniel Ian Smith, tenor saxophone
  • Jake Whitesell, tenor saxophone
  • Matt Avery, trombone
  • Peter Antinozzi, baritone saxophone
  • Mike Hartigan, piano
  • Robinson Morse, Bass
  • Geza Carr, Drums

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Brian McCarthy draws inspiration from the history of jazz, while maintaining a modern awareness. His debut nonet project, The Better Angels of Our Nature, earned raves from DownBeat magazine (Brian Zimmerman called the work “a jazz album that makes a cavernous impression for its arresting beauty and conceptual brilliance.”) Brian is a Selmer-Paris-endorsed saxophonist who has additionally release two albums of small group material. All About Jazz says McCarthy “touches those roads Joshua Redman travels on with a fresh footing. This band excels at building anticipation.” Offstage, Brian has laid down roots in presenting and education as Saxophone Instructor at the University of Vermont and adjunct Director of Bands at Saint Michael's College.

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