The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band

Joe McCarthy – Drums
Boris Kozlov – Bass
Luis Perdomo – Piano
Samuel Torres – Percussion
Vinny Valentino – Guitar

Lead Alto – Andrew Gould
Alto – Alejandro Aviles
Tenor – Ben Kono
Tenor – Luis Hernandez
Bari – Frank Basile


Lead – Nick Marchione

John Chudoba

Brandon Lee

Alex Norris

Lead – Mark Patterson
Ryan Keberle
John Yao
Bass – James Borowski

The Latin Grammy Award-winning New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band (NYABABB) is an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble based in New York City. As winner of  Latin Jazz Album of the Year at the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2008 for the recording “Afro Bop Alliance, featuring Dave Samuels,” released on the Heads-Up label, this recording was also nominated for a Grammy in the same category that same year at the 51st Grammy Awards.

NYABABB was founded and is led by drummer Joe McCarthy. The band is comprised of first call Jazz and Latin Jazz players from New York City who collectively perform with the greatest names in the business. The band draws from their own extensive catalog of charts featuring the writing and composing talents of members of the band and collaborations with Dave Samuels and Roland Vazquez, among others. The music of NYABABB has long been inspired by the great bebop tradition, married to the rich rhythmic stylings of Afro-Caribbean music.

The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band has been featured at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival, The Provincetown Jazz Festival, The WC Handy Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Rams Head On Stage with Paquito D’ Rivera, The Jazz Educators Network International Convention (JEN), The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), The University of Florida, Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Maryland, West Chester University, Rowan University and The Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Series, among many others.

Guests who have recorded and/or performed with the band include Paquito D’ Rivera, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo O’ Farrill, Dave Samuels, Roland Vazquez, Luis Perdomo, Luques Curtis, Michael Mossman, Ray Vega, Antonio Hart, Oscar Stagnaro and Alex Norris.

In addition to their Latin Grammy, NYABABB has received a total four Wammie Awards (Washington DC Area Music Association) two for Best Latin Ensemble, one for Best Latin Recording and one Best Big Band Recording.

Active in education, The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band has led numerous clinics/master classes around the country at both the collegiate and secondary school levels, including Rowan University, Shenandoah Conservatory, Florida Atlantic University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, Washington College and West Chester University. The music of Afro Bop Alliance is featured in leader/drummer Joe McCarthy’s educational Afro-Cuban big band play-along series published by Alfred Music.


Photo credit: Jon Barnes

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