The Better Angels of Our Nature

"Layered, textural, and complex...out of this world"
- Steve MacQueen, Artistic Director, Flynn Center

Creation Grant recipient from the Vermont Arts Council, McCarthy brings to life The Better Angels of Our Nature; a concert program that re-imagines music and events from the American Civil War through the artistic language of jazz. This 9-piece ensemble also brings together a diverse group of musicians (age, gender, race, disability) and provides all the power and color of a big band, while maintaining the intimacy of a small group.

"The Better Angels of Our Nature" is a quote from Lincoln in his first inaugural address, in which he pleaded to both Union and what would become the Confederacy to avoid conflict with one-another. Though his plea was unsuccessful, this horrific conflict wiped the American stage clean, eventually turning oppression into a flourishing artistic culture. Out of this devastating war arose one of Lincoln’s “Better Angels,” the original American art form of Jazz. 

After a successful Kickstarter Campaign the group recorded a full-length album this summer. The album is set to release June 2017 on Truth Revolution Records, with publicity support from Ann Braithwaite. 
NEST Grant Eligible!
(New England States Touring Grant)

Fee support for Brian McCarthy may be available to nonprofit organizations through
New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
More information, contact Daniela Jacobson (
or: visit
Bill Mobley - trumpet/flugelhorn / Cameron MacManus - trombone / Brian McCarthy - Alto/Soprano Sax / Daniel Ian Smith - Tenor/Soprano Sax / Stantawn Kendrick - Tenor Sax / Linda LIttle - Baritone Sax   Justin Kauflin - Piano / Matt Aronoff - Bass / Zach Harmon - Drums

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Audio Engineering by Chuck Eller          Video by Ken French