A striking woman of unusually elastic voice, Nora McCarthy infuses her music with poetry and theatricality that's both stark and sensual and has thus far had a very productive and significant musical career. A poet and a songwriter in addition to being a highly original singer, she is an important force in the advanced New York jazz vocal scene since 1996 when she recorded her first CD, red&blue. Her collaboration with alto-saxophonist Jorge Sylvester began in 2001 and the synergy of their near telepathic level of communication has produced several unique and groundbreaking projects: A Small Dream In Red (voice and saxophone duo), a 20-piece all original music orchestra ConceptualMotion, and the ACE (Afro-Caribbean-Experimental) Collective. Nora has performed with Kuumba Frank Lacy's Vibe Tribe, Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris' A Chorus Of Poets, the Next Legacy Jazz Orchestra, Dominic Duval, Santi Debriano, Juini Booth, Andy McCloud, Reggie Washington, Ken Filiano, Essiet Okon Essiet, Donald Nicks; Vibraphonist, Multi-Instrumentalist Gunter Hampel; Pianists: James Weidman, John diMartino, James Hurt, Eric Lewis, Guitarists: Barry Wedgle, Dom Minasi, Marvin Sewell, Andrew Green; Drummers: Gene Jackson, Derrik Phillips, Dafnis Prieto, Michael Wimberly, Jay Rosen as well as the legendary Bluesman, Wilson Pickett among many other notables in addition to her own Qu'ART'et and has appeared in concerts, festivals and club dates in NYC and elsewhere in the world.
Nora has two new recordings coming out in 2011, Spirit Driven with Jorge Sylvester's ACE Collective recorded in Austria, 2010, and Toward The Hill Of Joy, with trombonist, composer George Brandon's Blue Unity Ensemble.Nora's CD "Circle Completing", 2009, is an exquisite duet CD with pianist John DiMartino that features several of her original compositions and poetry including her tribute to the great jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott.
The unique and richly soulful music of Nora McCarthy is gaining recognition around the world.