Eric McGarry is a guitarist, composer and educator based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
McGarry is a graduate of the University of the Arts with a Master of Music in Jazz Studies. Prior to completing his Master of Music, McGarry earned a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance with Honors, and a Minor in Music Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology from the University of the Arts.
McGarry has studied with prominent guitarists Dave Allen, Matt Davis, Tim Motzer, Kevin Hanson, Mike Kennedy, and Ben O’Neill. While attending UArts, McGarry held the guitar chair for the award winning Z Big Band, under the direction of Matt Gallagher.
In 2019, McGarry was named a recipient of the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency, a selective program reserved for fifteen of the nations finest collegiate musicians.
McGarry’s main creative project, the Eric McGarry Quartet focuses on performing his original modern compositions. They can be found regularly at venues like Chris’ Jazz Cafe, where McGarry hosts the late night jam session on Fridays. Recently McGarry was a featured artist at the Philadelphia Free Library. In the summer of 2022 McGarry will be releasing his debut album, “As I am, As you Were”.