Born in Rochester, New York 28 November, 1936. Education: Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York.
Roy worked with the Mangione Brothers group (Chuck and Gap Mangione) in the early 60’s. He later joined the Art Farmer Jazzet and then went with Sonny Rollins. Following Sonny Rollins he became a full time member of the Cannonball Adderley Quartet from the mid 60’s. McCurdy traveled internationally with the group, including a particularly successful tour of South America in 1972. In his spare time he does studio work for NBC movies of the week, and in featured on various record dates. When Adderley passed in July 1975, McCurdy started touring with Kenny Rankin. He also played on commercial jungles with Benny Golson and gigs locally with both Golson, Jerome Richardson, Pat Senatore, Pete Christlieb, Conte Condoli, Ruth Price, Jack Sheldon, Super Sax, Robin Ford and The Rippingtons to name a few.
He toured and has worked with: Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Pointer Sisters, John Klemmer, Toshiko Akiyoski-Lew Tabackin Big Band, Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer-Benny Golson, Betty Carter, Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Ron Carter, Harold Land,Bobby Hutchinson, Kenny Burrell, The Count Basie Orchestra, Donald Byrd, Teddy Edwards, Herbie Hancock, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Carmen McRae, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Jimmy Smith, Horace Silver, Martial Solal, Sonny Still, Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Joe Willliams, Larry Young, Ernestine Anderson, Chris Conner, Sonny Clark, Kenny Drew, Billy Eckstine, Chuck Mangione, Eddie Harris, Don Ellis, Shorty Rogers, Stanley Turrentine, Dionne Warwick, Hubert Laws, Charles Lloyd, Hampton Hawes, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample, Blue Mitchell, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Bud Shank, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Wes Montgomery, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. Roy is presently with Nancy Wilson.
Roy has recorded with: Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer and Benny Golson, Golson Jazzet, Bobby Timmons, Cannon Adderley, Nat Adderley, Joe Zawinul, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Kenny Rankin, Bobby Shew, Conte Condoli, Mark Murphy, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Scott Hamilton, Art Farmer Quartet, Benny Golson Sextet, Count Basie, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, John Klemmer, Betty Carter, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Chuck Mangione to name a few.