ROB GARCIA - DRUMS / COMPOSITION
FULL BIO:
“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene" (Time Out-New York) and "one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers." (Capital New York), Rob Garcia continues to be an strong presence in the New York and international jazz scene as a sideman and bandleader. He has performed and/or recorded with bandleaders such as Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Sam Newsome, Judi Silvano, Woody Allen, Howard Alden, Lynne Arriale, John Benitez, John Bunch, Dena DeRose, Chris Cheek, Daniel Kelly, and Vince Giordano. Rob has also collaborated with other top musicians such as: Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Marty Erhlich, Jerome Richardson, Reggie Workman, Bob Berg, Bill McHenry, Ken Peplowski, Scott Robinson, Howard Johnson, Sonny Fortune, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, Ted Nash, and Chris Potter, among others. He has played on over 70 albums including Grammy winners.

Rob has released 6 critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader which feature such artists as Noah Preminger, Dan Tepfer, Gary Versace, Joe Martin, John Hebert, Dave Kikoski and Mike Formanek. His CD, “Perennial" (BJUR 012) was in the “10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009" in the New York Observer. His most recent album “Finding Love In An Oligarchy On A Dying Planet" (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) includes some special guests including jazz legend Joe Lovano and vocal sensation Kate McGarry. His group has performed at venues such as The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, Iridium, Kitano, Smalls, The Rex, Cornelia Street Cafe, Firehouse 12. and has toured in Europe. Rob has also received grants from Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances.

Rob has been a major force in artist-run organizations, a new way for jazz to continue and thrive. He is the founder and artistic director of a non-profit organization called Connection Works, which presents world-class jazz performances and educational events to the Brooklyn community. He is a member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community. He was also a founding member of the Douglass Street Music Collective, an artist-run rehearsal and performance space, featuring some of New York’s most creative and cutting edge musicians/composers.

Rob grew up in Pelham, New York, hearing jazz and popular music from the 1920's and 30's. His father, an architect who also played bass, had a collection of 78rpm records from that period including such greats as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Bix Beiderbecke. In his early teens, Rob loved classic rock. It was Keith Moon of The Who that inspired him to begin playing the drums. He began studying with Bob Merigliano, and through his influence as well as visiting New York City jazz clubs with his father, Rob's interest turned toward jazz. He then went on to study with some other outstanding drummers such as Charli Persip, Steve Davis, and Adam Nussbaum. Rob holds a BA from NYU and a MM from SUNY Purchase.

Rob also put his focus toward holistic healing. He graduated from the IM School of Healing Arts, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is a non-denominational ordained minister.

SHORT BIO:
“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene" (Time Out-New York) and "one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers." (Capital New York), Rob Garcia continues to be a strong presence in the New York and international jazz scene as a sideman and bandleader. He has collaborated with such stellar artists as Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Reggie Workman, Bill McHenry, and Wycliffe Gordon. He has played on over 70 albums including Grammy winners.

Rob has released 6 critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader which feature such artists as Noah Preminger, Dan Tepfer, Gary Versace, Joe Martin, John Hebert, Dave Kikoski and Mike Formanek. His CD, “Perennial" (BJUR 012) was in the “10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009" in the New York Observer. His most recent album “Finding Love In An Oligarchy On A Dying Planet" (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) includes some special guests including jazz legend Joe Lovano and vocal sensation Kate McGarry. His group has performed at venues such as The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, Iridium, Kitano, Smalls, The Rex, Cornelia Street Cafe, Firehouse 12. and has toured in Europe. Rob has also received grants from Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances.

Rob has also been a major force in artist-run jazz organizations. He is the founder and artistic director of Connection Works, a member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground and a founding member of the Douglass Street Music Collective.

VERY SHORT BIO:
“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene" (Time Out-New York) and "one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers." (Capital New York), Rob Garcia continues to be a strong presence in the New York and international jazz scene. He has collaborated with such stellar artists as Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Reggie Workman, and Wycliffe Gordon and has played on over 70 albums including Grammy winners. Rob has released 6 critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader and has been a major force in artist-run jazz organizations such as the Brooklyn Jazz Underground and the non-profit organization Connection Works (executive director).

ROB GARCIA DISCOGRAPHY:

leader-

Drum Solos For Dancers Only - Rob Garcia
2018 - Connection Works Records; CWR 103

Soapbox - Rob Garcia
2017 - Released on Soundcloud only
https://soundcloud.com/robgarciamusic

Finding Love In An Oligarchy On A Dying Planet - Rob Garcia
2016 - Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records; BJUR 058

Perennial - Rob Garcia 4
2014 - Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records; BJUR 043

The Drop and the Ocean - Rob Garcia 4
2011 - Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records; BJUR 028

Perennial - Rob Garcia 4
2009 - Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records; BJUR 012

Heart’s Fire - Rob Garcia’s Sangha
2007 - Connection Works Records; CWR 101

Place of Resonance - Rob Garcia
2001 - Consolidated Artists Productions; CAP 950


co-leader/collective-

Chopin Project - Dead Composers Club
2018 - Connection Works Records; CWR 104

Background Music - Noah Preminger, Masa Kamaguchi, Rob Garcia
2014 - Fresh Sound New Talent; FSNT 430

Seven by Seven - Brooklyn Jazz Underground
2014 - Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records; BJUR 046

WORKS - Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly, Rob Garcia
2013 - Connection Works Records; CWR 102

A Portrait Of Brooklyn - Brooklyn Jazz Underground
2012 - Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records; BJUR 035

Tall Grass - The New Jazz Quartet (Nicki Denner, Anton Denner, Jennifer Vincent, Rob Garcia)
2009 - self released

Mr Kite (playing the music of The Beatles in fresh new ways)
2004 - released only on Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/robgarciamusic/sets/mr-kite


sideman-

Just Cross The River - Dennis Lichtman
2018 - Triple Treble Music; TTM-CD 007

16 Tons - Andy Biskin
2018 - Andorfin Records; ANDRF 007

Ruminations - Tomas Rodriguez
2017 - Wishing Stone Music;

Book Of Rhapsodies, Vol. 2 - Ghost Train Orchestra
2017 - Accurate Records;

A Night At the Speakeasy - Svetlana and the Delancey Five
2016 - OA2 Records; OA2 22126

Fleischerei - Gary Lucas
2016 - Cuneiform Records; RUNE 405

Hot Town - Ghost Train Orchestra
2015 - Accurate Records;

Voyages - Myriam Phiro
2015 - Myriam Phiro (888295295543)

Let Me Play For You - Walt Procanyn Orchestra
2015 - self-released

Merry Christmas - Walt Procanyn Orchestra
2015 - self-released

Boardwalk Empire, Vol 3 - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
2014 - Electra/HBO 8264-2

Get Moving - Biagio Coppa
2014 - No Flight Records; NFR S06

Big Band and Polka Magic - Walt Procanyn Orchestra
2014 - self-released

Merry Christmas Darling - Grace Haggerty
2014 - Grace Haggerty (888295196321)

Boardwalk Empire, Vol 2 - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
2013 - Electra/HBO 8985-2

Infinite Possibility - Joel Harrison 19
2013 - Sunnyside Records; 1366

Book Of Rhapsodies - Ghost Train Orchestra
2013 - Accurate Records

Professor Cunningham And His Old School - Professor Cunningham And His Old School
2013 - self released

Better Than This - Kotorino
2013 - Klip Klap Music; Kotorino (888174164151)

Music Speaks - Walt Procanyn Orchestra
2013 - self-released

New York Trio Vol. 1 - Takeshi Asai
2013 - De Trios Cités Records

Wild Swan - Joanna Wallfisch
2012 - self-released

Dreams May Take You - Emily Asher
2012 - self-released

Boardwalk Empire - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
2011 - Electra/HBO 528266-2

Hot House Stomp - Ghost Train Orchestra
2011 - Accurate Records

A World Of Music - Walt Procanyn Orchestra
2011 - self-released

Inside This Heart Of Mine - Catherine Russell
2010 - World Village 468092

Let’s Dance - Walt Procanyn Orchestra
2010 - self-released

Together - Gina Sing
2010 - Gina Samardge

The Classic Sessions - Marty Grosz and Hot Winds
2009 - Arbor Records; ARCD: 19379

Beginner's Luck - Christine Reisner
2009 - self-released

If It Wasn’t For The Irish And The Jews - Mick Maloney
2009 - Compass Records ‎7 4525 2; (also on Alliance)

Public Enemies - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (track with Diana Krall, “Bye Bye Blackbird")
2009 - Decca

Songbook - Griffith/Stevens Quartet
2007 - mjsproductions (Michael Jefry Stevens)

At The Jazz Band Ball - Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra
2007 - Stomp Off Records 1419

Book of Unstandards - Chris Chalfant
2006 - Jyaku Sound 062106

George M. Cohan Tonight! - Cast Recording
2006 - Ghostlight

Chase the Sun - Artie Tobia
2006 - Red Tail Hawk Records; RTHR 010698

Girl Crazy - Paul Bacon with Keith Ingham’s Serenaders
circa 2005 - self-released

Euphonic Sounds - Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra
2004 - Stomp Off Records 1402

Kalimba Collage - Peck Allmond
2004 - Soni Culture Records; SCR 3901

Still In The Way - 5 O’Clock Shadow / Artie Tobia
2004 - Red Tail Hawk Records; RTHR 81266

Triple Play - Dave Lobenstein
2003 - Dave Lobenstein (061432292722)

Warsawa (live in Warsaw) - Joseph Jarman & Rob Garcia
2002 - Era Jazzu

Vision Festival 2002 - Lifetime Vision Festival
2002 - Chris Chalfant, Jyaku Sound (663445143727)

Love and Light - Chris Chalfant
2002 - Jyaku Sound 010602

The Old Country - Gabriele Tranchina
2002 - Sol La Ti Music; Gabriele Tranchina (783707682020)

Grupo Yanqui - Bennett Pastor & Gregory Ryan
2001 - self-released

Brilliant Coroners - Brilliant Coroners (John McDonough)
2001 - Yeahman Records (672460801321)

​The Parade - Artie Tobia
2001 - Red Tail Hawk Records; RTHR 9999-2

Chicago Rhythm - Independence Hall Jazz Band
2001 - Stomp Off Records 1371

Lifetime Visions for the Magnificent Human - Joseph Jarman
2000 - Bopbuda Music (778631402424)

Hot, Sweet & Blue - Independence Hall Jazz Band
2000 - self released

Each Time - Adele Zane
2000 - Adele Zane (669910535028)

2 Sides - Toshi Kajiyama
1999 - TKD 1001

Wild Man Blues - Woody Allen & His New Orleans Jazz Band
1998 - RCA Victor (09026-63353-2)

Poems and Other Things - Stephan Crump
1997 - Papillon; PS 2872

Wherever There's Love - The Splendid Jazz Band
1997 - The Splendid Music Company; SMC 971