Drummer Joe McCarthy and his New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band new recording “Upwards”
“Joe McCarthy’s ascent as one of today’s strongest practitioners of Nuyorican Afro-Latin jazz continues with the irrepressible Upwards. –DownBeat Magazine
“On his second ZOHO release, drummer Joe McCarthy leads his impressive, NY based large ensemble through two vintage jazz numbers and six colorful pieces written by current and past band members. While there are many big bands on the scene, there none quite like this. That the band can move quickly from angular, intervallic runs to lush, pensive moments is a testament to the virtuosity of its performers and the artistic suppleness of its leader.” – Kabir Sehgal
“Congratulations to Joe and his band mates for creatively pushing Latin big band jazz forward in exciting new directions!” –Rich DeRosa
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Play-Along Series featuring The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band
"This play-along is ‘required viewing’ for anyone interested in learning how to apply the Afro-Cuban style to the drum set."
Dave Samuels, Multi-Latin Grammy® and Grammy® Award Winning Vibraphonist
Joe McCarthy on the “Working Drummer” Podcast
Joe talks living and working in Miami, how he spends his practice time, teaching in the 21st century, the value of learning multiple styles, his B.A.S.I.C. Training lesson program and leading the New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band.
A conversation with Orlando Suarez from his show The Latin Jazz Quarter on WDNA, Miami.
Joe talks about his career with “The Drum Shuffle”
Joe and Jamie discuss Joe’s career from the very beginning, including his time as principal percussionist of the US Naval Academy Band. He also discusses his time at the University of North Texas, where he received his Masters in Percussion Performance. Listen here.