Rob Garcia 4 to appear at Smalls on August 24th in celebration of "The Drop and the Ocean"


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Rob Garcia 4 to appear at Smalls on August 24th in celebration of the digital release of his new recording on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, The Drop and the Ocean (physical release date is September 27th.)


Noah Preminger—tenor saxophone
Dan Tepfer—piano
John Hebert—bass
Rob Garcia—drums & compositions

9:30 PM—Midnight
183 West 10th street
New York, NY

$20 cover


For over a decade, drummer Rob Garcia has brought his superb skills and subtly dynamic rhythmic sense to an assortment of jazz-based, creative ensembles. 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, Brad Shepik, 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, Dave Liebman, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Marty Erhlich, Mark Helias, Jerome Richardson, Reggie Workman, Bob Berg, Dave Kikoski, Mike Formanek, Bill McHenry, Gary Versace, Loren Stillman, John Hebert, Ken Peplowski, Scott Robinson, Howard Johnson, Sonny Fortune, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, Ted Nash, and Chris Potter, among others.

Rob is an inspired composer and bandleader in his own right. His previous recording, “Perennial" (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records #012; with Noah Preminger, Dan Tepfer, and Chris Lightcap) was listed in the “10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009" in the New York Observer. He has also received grants from Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances. Rob's other releases include, “Place of Resonance" (Consolidated Artists release #950), which features Dave Kikoski and Mike Formanek and “Heart's Fire" (Connection Works Records #101), all receiving favorable reviews hailing Rob's playing, composing and arranging.

Artist-run organizations are a new and successful trend in the jazz world, and Rob has been a major force in this new way for jazz to continue and thrive. He is the founder and executive director of an artist-run, 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 late 20's and early 30's. His father, an architect who also loved to play the bass, had a collection of 78rpm records from that period, full of music greats such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Bix Beiderbecke. In his early teens Rob loved classic rock and it was The Who's Keith Moon 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 teachers and performers such as Charli Persip, Steve Davis, and Adam Nussbaum. Rob holds a BA from NYU and a MM from SUNY Purchase.

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

“remarkable drummer" —Village Voice

“The 10 Best Jazz A lbums of 2009" —New York Observer.

“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene..." —Time Out-New York

This story appears courtesy of Jason Byrne, Red Cat Publicity.
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