“…one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers.” - Capital New York
“Thoughtful original music delivered with rare conviction.” - Jazz Times
“Garcia is a drummer of invention, grace and considerable fire.” - Downbeat
“…an elastic, adventurous statement from the drummer Rob Garcia." - New York Times
“remarkable drummer” - Village Voice
“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene…” - Time Out-New York
“remarkable chemistry” - Jazz Times
"like all great frontmen he puts the music first, not his instrument. And like fellow drummer/leaders Bill Stewart and Jack DeJohnette, Garcia always serves the music, but with that extra inner sparkle and finesse coupled to crackerjack time sensibilities that are constantly delightful." - NYC Jazz Record
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Recordinag of their performance on 9/10/21
Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone
Kim Cass, bass
Rob Garcia, drums
Rob Garcia has led his working group that has been, "among the vanguard of modern jazz" (The NYC Jazz Record) since 2009. Garcia has led them through performances at major venues and festivals around the world such as Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), The Kitano (NYC), Firehouse 12 (New Haven, CT), The Rex (Toronto), Ronnie Scott’s (London) Jamboree (Barcelona), The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Kingston Jazz Festival and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. The group has released five critically acclaimed albums, four albums on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records and one on Fresh Sound Records. Garcia continues to compose and arrange new material for the group keeping the energy fresh and inspired.
“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, Kris Davis, Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Reggie Workman and Wycliffe Gordon. He has played on over 70 albums including Grammy winners.
Rob has released 8 critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader and 5 as a co-leader which feature such artists as Joe Lovano, Noah Preminger, Kate McGarry, Dan Tepfer, John O’Gallagher, Gary Versace, Joe Martin, John Hebert, Dave Kikoski and Mike Formanek. His most recent album “Illumination” was released on Fresh Sound Records in December 2020. His albums have been on “top albums of the year” lists and have received praise from publications such as Downbeat, The New York Times, Jazz Times, and Time Out New York. Rob has also self-released a solo drums album called “Drum Solos For Dancers Only” in 2018. Rob’s groups have performed at venues such as The Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Kingston Jazz Festival, Birdland, Iridium, Kitano, Smalls, The Rex and Firehouse 12. His group has toured Europe, the northeast and west coast of the U.S. Rob has received grants from South Arts, Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances. He is also a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.
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.
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