Originally from the Seattle area, McCarthy was introduced to jazz through Roosevelt High School's music program. He followed his passion to New England Conservatory, where he graduated with honors in 2016. While in Boston, McCarthy was a regular member of both Jerry Bergonzi and Jason Palmer's working bands. In 2017 he released his debut album Sonder, which All About Jazz described as "a very promising release, and hopefully the first of many for this broad-minded and adventurous keyboardist." That same year saw the release of Jason Palmer's acclaimed live album At Wally's Vol. 1, featuring McCarthy on keyboard.
Other recent projects include Sasha Berliner's celebrated album Azalea (2019), trumpeter Tony Glausi's EP My Favorite Tunes (2020), and a new commission with vocalist Clotilde Rullaud from the French American Jazz Exchange. The international jazz scene will continue to hear from McCarthy for years to come.
- Sonder by Troy Dostert
- Still Time to Quit by Paul Rauch
- Still Time to Quit by Friedrich Kunzmann
"In Still Time To Quit we hear a real ensemble, where all the musicians perfectly understand each other and interact as a single organism."-JazzQuad "Throughout, McCarthy never tries to steal the spotlight, comfortably comping behind the front line, with most of his soloing crisp and economical."-Glide Magazine
Quotes for Sonder: "...the cross-genre creativity here suggests that McCarthy is trying to make music beyond category, and to a large extent he succeeds."
"Chris McCarthy is proving to be one of the most imaginative and impressive voices on the New York jazz scene."-Hot House Jazz Magazine
Chris McCarthy Trio featuring Vanisha GouldJazz On Main
Mt Kisco, NY
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
Still Time to Quit