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“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, Kris Davis, Woody Allen, Howard Alden, Lynne Arriale, John Benitez, John Bunch, Dena DeRose, Chris Cheek, Daniel Kelly, The Ghost Train Orchestra and Vince Giordano. Rob has also collaborated with other top musicians and groups such as: Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, The Kronos Quartet, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Marty Erhlich, Jerome Richardson, Reggie Workman, Bob Berg, Ken Peplowski, Scott Robinson, Howard Johnson, Sonny Fortune, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon 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 special guests jazz legend Joe Lovano and vocal sensation Kate McGarry. Rob also released a solo drums album called “Drum Solos For Dancers Only” in 2018, and he recently recorded a new album for Fresh Sound New Talent Records which will be released in August 2020. 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.

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“…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

“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

“remarkable drummer” - Village Voice

“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene…” - Time Out-New York

“There are drummers who keep time and there are drummers who make you listen, whose shifting rhythms, exhilarating time feel and inventiveness make the music dance

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Rob has a Master of Music from SUNY Purchase and a BA from NYU. Scheduling for lessons is flexible. The lesson rates are $60/hr, $40/half hr. Lesson can be in person or online via Skype (or something comparable). I teach at my studio in the West Midwood/Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn (near Newkirk Plaza and Ave H). I will also travel to the students. I teach my students to play the music they like. I encourage self-expression and creativity as well as learning the necessary skills to read and play music with other people. My teaching studio is equipped with two drum sets, piano (I often play piano with the student on drums) and a stereo system. I'm well versed in many popular and not so popular styles of music/drumming (jazz, Latin, Brazilian, swing, dixieland, rock, pop, funk, hip-hop and reggae to name a few).

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Album Drum Solos For Dancers Only by Rob Garcia

Drum Solos For...

Connection Works Records

Album Finding Love In An Oligarchy On A Dying Planet by Rob Garcia

Finding Love In An...

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records

Album Wild Swan by Joanna Wallfisch

Wild Swan

Self Produced

Album Heart's Fire by Rob Garcia

Heart's Fire

Connection Works Records



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