About

Daniel McBrearty

in short

creating music without boundary. jazz, soul, folk, rock, classic ... always human, positive, an expression of my soul's longing.

sax, clarinet, guitar, vocals, songwriting, production, arranging ... I write many songs, I want to record them and give them life while I can.

my idea of music is - real people at play. (if you know you know!) Proudly Made By Humans.

thanks and gratitude to the cosmic creative intelligence that drives this, to my global friends that enable it, and to YOU for listening. (I can feel you.)

music truly IS love and healing. and boy, do we ever need that.

longer version

I was born and raised in Wales, late last century. During my unstable childhood (well treated by kind local people), music, especially that old jazz, spoke to me. School lent me a clarinet, and wonderful Mr Swales (a true teacher), understood and nurtured when I tried to copy those old records.

I didn't go to music school. I played in bands, the street, bars and clubs around London, took private lessons when I could. I didn't want to get serious until a later difficult time, when my dreams were falling apart. I saw music as a more reliable friend than many people. So it started and continues. Eventually, it was music that led me to true friends.

All takes time. Economics and confidence are involved. I wrote, studied, arranged, tried, failed, learned, just kept going. I would like freedom to create every day, to pay a band, to make music for those that listen. (I do feel you!)

Imshallah.

heroes, heroines, influences (no particular order, very incomplete)

Louis, Ella, Nat Cole, Beethoven, Bach, Nick Harper, Lucky Thompson, Bird, Sonny, Marvyn, Holland/Dozier/Holland, Gershiwn, Porter, Richard Rodgers, the Dubs, the Clancys, Martin Hayes, Bechet, Hodges, Duke, Mingus, Hawk, CLifford Brown, Mendelssohn, Tchaikowsky, Paul Weller, Bacharach, Gamble and Huff, Curtis, The Specials, Madness, Quincy (thank you Q!), Mancini, Riddle, Billy May, The Band, The Meters ... it will never stop.

How we are supposed to find peace? like this I'm trying to help. x daniel