Solo Demos

"...splendid solos...
...virtuosity and musicianship..."
Chicago Tribune

"...knowing solo work on trombone..."
Down Beat

Antonio García has performed and recorded as an instrumental and vocal soloist on countless occasions over the past thirty-five years. Here is a listing of some excerpts in various styles available to you for review; a few are complete tunes.

"...fine trombone performance, considerable vocal ability, and excellent scat-singing..."
Patrick Crichton,
Head of the Jazz Department, Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, Perth, Western Australia; Artistic Director, Jazz Australia; then-Australasia Representative, IAJE Board

"The ITA International Trombone Festival [concluded] with an all-time brass blowout—and an amazing combination of
'Bone Power—on 'Jazz Night,' featuring
Michael Davis, Raul de Souza, Antonio García, Bruce Paulson, Bill Reichenbach, and Bill Watrous."
The Octopus
"Your performance on trombone at the IMEA All-State Convention was superb."
Illinois Music Educators Association Jazz Division
"At all times Antonio never played less than the 100% he promised....
He can be in my band whenever he wants."
Phil Collins
"The crowd was simply blown away by his scat-singing and playing."
Dr. Scott Garlock,
Director of Bands,
Knox College

If you would like to discuss potentially bringing him to your area as a soloist or clinician, please contact Antonio García directly. Fees are flexible, and he may also assist you in identifying co-sponsorship from additional funding sources.

All works in the left column below are composed by Antonio García. If noted with an asterisk (*), they have further detailed regarding publisher, grade level, required soloists, and price on the Published Works page.

Hear VCU Jazz faculty members Skip Gailes (sax), Rex Richardson (trumpet), Antonio García (trombone), Bob Hallahan (piano), Mike Ess (guitar), Tony Martucci (drums), and VCU Jazz alumnus Rusty Farmer (bass) perform several tunes. (Start approximately 25 minutes into the clip for about a half hour).

To hear sound files of the pieces below, click on the links in the Recording column. Please note that the QuickTime sound files will have better sound quality than the RealAudio files. Click on these links if you need to download the QuickTime Player or RealAudio Player.

Tenor Trombone Solo Samples
Title Tempo/Style Recording Notes

I Like Bebop

A Cappella Uptempo
Bebop

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stop-time blues with a bridge (composed García)

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A Cappella Uptempo
Bebop

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stop-time rhythm changes in F, with harmon mute (excerpt)

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Uptempo
Bebop

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with band

S.N.O.W.-Bliz Bop

Uptempo Bebop

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RealAudio File

stop-time bop solis, based on Donna Lee (composed García)

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Medium Up Bebop

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on Joy Spring changes

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Medium Waltz

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from Neil Gonsalves' Southern Skies and Lavender Blue

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Medium Bird Blues

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on Blues for Alice changes

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Medium Up Bebop

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based on How High The Moon changes

Post-Polyposis 'Gnosis Blues

Multiphonic Blues

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(composed García, also playing hi-hat)

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Multiphonic Ballad

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excerpt

Loved One*

Ballad Swing

What Are We Here For?, JazzTech Big Band (Sea Breeze SB-2067), 1995

RealAudio File

The complete chart is included; Basie-style ballad a la Li'l Darlin' (composed García)

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Contemporary Ballad Waltz

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excerpt

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Multiphonic Ballad

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excerpt

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Ballad Swing

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The complete chart is included (composed García)

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New Orleans Plunger Ballad

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excerpt

By the Light of the Dawn* Bolero (Latin ballad) live concert video by the Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage
The complete chart is included (composed García).

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2-3 Clave Blues

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excerpt

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Medium Samba

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excerpt

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Medium Samba archival

This video excerpt from many years ago is courtesy of the New Trier High School Jazz Festival (IL). My solo during this pro jam session is preceded by the wonderful tenor saxophonist Mark Colby and followed by the superb "harmonicat," Howard Levy. If memory serves, the great rhythm section is Mike Kocour (piano), Larry Gray (bass), and Bob Rummage (drums)—my thanks to all!

Samba Sin Palabras*

Medium Samba

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RealAudio File

This excerpt is over the tune's changes. Below you'll find another excerpt over a montuno (composed García).

Cha-Cha Yunque*

Medium Cha-Cha

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RealAudio File

Most of the chart is included. The solo picks up from the entrance of backgrounds (composed García).

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Bossa Nova

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excerpt

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Funk

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excerpt

Soft Spot*

Slower Swing, Plunger

live concert video of the club recording session for
Eleventh Hour Live! ,
JazzTech Big Band (Sea Breeze SB-2110), 2000

The complete chart is included (composed García): sassy, bump-and-grind plunger trombone feature with blues-march bridge. My thanks to Brian Jacobi (second trombonist in this band) for the video footage, which I then synchronized to the audio from the final CD mix. And special thanks to Rob Parton, whose JazzTech Big Band has been of the highest quality for more than 15 years, all the while promoting original compositions.

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Uptempo Bluesy archival

RealAudio File
a clip from a live recording project

Metanoia (A Change of Heart)

Rubato Ballad

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RealAudio File

Melody and solis included: ballad shifting to jazz waltz (composed García).

 

Bass Trombone Solo/Ensemble Samples
Title Tempo/Style Recording Notes

"Hang" Time*

Medium Swing

Hot House, Eastman Jazz Ensemble (Mark MJS-57615), 1985

RealAudio File

a walking bass trombone line under a woodwind soli (composed García)

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Medium Rock studio sessions

RealAudio File
Assignment: "EDGE"! Taking the paint off the wall...

 

Piano Solo Samples
Title Tempo/Style Recording Notes

Before I Go

Ballad  

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playing with the vibes in a "Chick Corea/Gary Burton" style (composed García)

 

Vocal Solo Samples
Title Tempo/Style Recording Notes

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Uptempo Samba

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RealAudio File

unison stop-time, original soli with trumpet

Cheese Blues

Medium Blues

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A spontaneous "vocalese" prompted by a middle-school student's suggested topic of "Cheese." (See video of same on Clinics page.)

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Medium Swing

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on the changes to Take the "A" Train

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Minor Blues

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excerpt

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Bebop Blues

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on the changes to Billie's Bounce

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Medium Up Swing

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on the changes to Sweet Georgia Brown

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Uptempo Bebop

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on Cherokee changes

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Medium Blues

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taking choruses with a wonderfully interactive rhythm section

Gonna' Go Dancin'*

Medium Up Jazz Waltz

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RealAudio File

stop-time 3/4 solo (composed García)

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Shuffle Blues

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excerpt

NU's to You!

Medium Swing

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groovin' with a few players (composed García)

 

Tenor Trombone and Vocal Solos Together
Title Tempo/Style Recording Notes

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Medium Bebop

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going back and forth from horn to voice

Samba Sin Palabras*

Medium Samba

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vocal solo, then horn solo over montuno (earlier excerpt above has horn solo over tune's changes)
(composed García)

 

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