Nora McCarthy has been a steady fixture on the New York music scene since 1996 when she recorded her first CD red&blue with pianist John diMartino, bass-Essiet Okon Essiet, drums-Alvester Garnett, t-sax-Mike Lee and percussionist, Sato Takeishi. She and her various groups have appeared in the top jazz rooms, performance spaces, concert halls, clubs, cafes and galleries in the city and elsewhere in the world. McCarthy possesses the earthiness of an early blues singer, the articulation, phrasing and timbre of a jazz trumpet. An adept and exhilarating improviser, she performs in every situation from duo to a twenty piece large ensemble from straight ahead jazz to the free and avant-garde idioms.
Nora's original compositions and arrangements (over 20) are stunning works of art and she is gifted poet and lyricist as well. Her powerfully moving delivery of the spoken word and interpretation of the lyric reflects a deep and intense emotional capacity that communicates directly to her audience heart to heart. Nora’s vocal identity, aside from a basic jazz orientation, defies classification, and makes spare use of reflexive stylistic mannerisms. In the placement of her voice, Nora can evoke the power of a Malian Diva’s fearless candor, or perhaps a Corsican Voceratrice’s call to invisible worlds in the language of dreams.Her shaping of pitch often foregoes the fluid note-bending of the jazz singer in favor of the full press of a sculptor’s touch against viscous clay.
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If the listener has not heard Nora McCarthy before then blesSINGS is a great
introduction to this mature singer who bestows passion and heartfelt humanity in
large doses. Her tribute to Butch Morris is a cornerstone of all that is possible
when one freely enters the magical world of music.
From the get-go, Nora's voice and lyrics are captivating. Love Poem for the
People is a great kick-off. Fantastic arrangements. Her connection to life in all its
manifestations and positive energies really sing through you on the entire album.
Her Restless Mind has such a beautiful dreamy quality that encourages minds to
wander inside their beauty, is lovely
Voice / vocals
New York City
Willing to teach
Through her vast experience in the jazz and creative
music field, McCarthy also conducts various workshops and
master classes that deal with, among other things, vocal
Nora has developed a unique approach
to teaching voice and improvisation and is founder of
"The Zen Of Singing...The Spiritual Path To Finding Your
In April, 2007, Ms. McCarthy conducted a
series of workshops and master classes in Podgorica,
Montenegro for Jazz Appreciation Month entitled “From
Dixieland to the Avant Garde and Free Music Art
Forms..The Voices and Horns”