Joe McCarthy has led a diverse career as drummer / percussionist, bandleader, producer and educator in a myriad of settings from symphony orchestra to bebop, big band, afro cuban, theater and beyond.
Joe is the founder, leader, producer and drummer of Afro Bop Alliance, winner of the 2008 Latin Grammy for Latin Jazz Album of the Year, and nominated in the same category for the 51st Grammy Awards for the Heads-Up release “Afro Bop Alliance”, featuring Dave Samuels. Afro Bop has released it’s six recording entitled “Revelation” on the OA2 Record label.
from OA2 Records:
Formed as a septet, Drummer Joe McCarthy’s Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro Bop Alliance expanded to a big band for two of its five previous releases. For their sixth, McCarthy adds further to the palette, blending stellar rhythmic creations and powerful, resonant horn voicings with steel pan virtuoso Victor Provost’s pan quartet on two of his original compositions. Along with other music by Roland Vazquez, Vince Norman/Joe McCarthy, and Luis Hernandez, “Revelation” explores the unique combination of big band and steel pan as one, in a diverse recording that takes large ensemble writing and performance to a new level.
Joe has been actively involved with education throughout his career. He has been teaching on the collegiate level since 1992, upon graduating from the University of North Texas with a Masters in Percussion Performance. Joe has held positions at Texas Wesleyan University and Delaware State University. He currently holds adjunct appointments at Georgetown University, George Mason University and Washington College. Active as a clinician, Joe has been a featured performer and clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention PASIC, Jazz Educators Network International Convention JEN, numerous PAS Days of Percussion, MusicFest Canada, The National Jazz Workshop, George Mason University Summer Jazz and Percussion Seminars, The Jazz n Youth Exchange of Germany, and many others.