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Joe McCarthy’s New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band Returns with New Project “The Pan American Nutcracker Suite” on Sept. 9th, 2022

"Expressed in riveting arrangements, acutely brilliant solos, and McCarthy’s inventive arrangements and powerfully evocative drumming, The Pan American Nutcracker Suite is an aural tour de force, an all-encompassing, immersive sound experience."

Joe McCarthy and New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band Upwards DownBeat Review

" of today’s strongest practitioners of Nuyorican Afro-Latin jazz continues with the irrepressible Upwards"  


"Like Art Blakey, McCarthy allows his combo to become a vehicle for bandmates to exercise their compositional skills."

Joe McCarthy and New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band Upwards Album Review

"...effervescent work...brimming with the unfettered joys of music...this recording is his finest, so far"    -LatinJazzNet


"This music was recorded in April of 2019 – somewhat before the coronavirus dwelt among us – but it has been released as the world struggles with this pandemic. Yet, while we all yearn for the sparkle of joy, this recording delivers all of that and so much more."

Honorable Mention in Dr. Jesse Willis’  Beyond Borders: Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project

Honored to have been included in Dr. Jesse Willis’ detailed chronicle of Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project in Percussive Notes

Joe's Conversation on The Jazz Quarter

Joe recently shared his experience as a drummer, bandleader, and educator with Orlando Suarez of The Jazz Quarter on WDNA, Miami.

“One for Joe” by Peter Coutsouridis featuring Joe McCarthy with Iowa Percussion

This is a world premier written by Dr. Peter Coutsouridis for Joe McCarthy. Premier performance by The University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Dan Moore.

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.

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.

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