in his own right...
...virtuosity and musicianship...
...exotic orchestral colors, witty riffs, and gloriously uninhibited
splashes of dissonance...
...translucent textures and
elegant voicing throughout...
...one of the most prominent young
music educators in the country."
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J. GARCÍA is
a performer, composer/arranger,
educator, and author
in both instrumental and vocal genres. A Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth
University, he received the VCU School of the Arts' 2015 Faculty Award of Excellence for teaching, research, and service; Northern Illinois University's 1992 Excellence in Teaching Award; and is a past nominee for CASE U.S. Professor of the Year. García
has performed as trombonist, bass trombonist, or pianist with 70 major artists
including Ella Fitzgerald (50 concerts), Phil Collins (30-concert U.S./European
"He can be in my band whenever
Scat-singing is a constant part
of García's performing and teaching career.
Mel Tormé (20 concerts). A Bach/Selmer clinician/soloist avid scat-singer,
he has received grants from Meet The Composer, the Thelonious Monk Institute,
The Commission Project, the Council for Basic Education, and others. He is Associate
Jazz Editor of the International Trombone Association Journal, Past Editor
of the International Association of Jazz Educators Jazz Education Journal,
Past President of IAJE-IL, Board member of the Midwest Clinic and Past Board
member of the Illinois Coalition for Music Education, Network Expert for Improvisation Materials for The Jazz Education Network, and Co-Editor/Contributing
Author of Teaching Jazz: A Course of Study. His articles have been widely
published; and his compositions have been published by Kjos Music, Hal Leonard, Kendor, Doug
Beach, Walrus, UNC Jazz Press, Three-Two Music Publications, ejazzlines, and his own company. His book, Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers (Kjos Music) offers musicians of all ages the opportunity to improvise over standard tunes using just their major scales.
Performing on bass trombone
Phil Collins Big Band
(Collins drumming at far left)
Montreux Jazz Festival
teaching is the edge that makes Antonio García an exceptional educator.
In the jazz idiom much needs to be communicated aurally and by example.
Many fall short, but not so with Tony: his delivery is solidly backed
up with fine trombone performance and considerable vocal ability. His
excellent scat-singing reflects his philosophy that aural vocalization
is the seminal teaching tool in the art of jazz performance. Jazz Australia
clinicians must be flexible, comfortable working with the advanced and
novice across the full age range. Tony excelled, gaining acceptance and
respect at all levels and building a genuine rapport with his students
and peers. Perhaps the recommendation that is most telling is that Tony
was immediately asked to return for the next year's Jazz Australiathe
first time that an overseas visiting artist has had this honour in the
event's six-year history."
Crichton, Head of the Jazz Department, Western
Australian Conservatorium of Music,
Perth, Western Australia; Artistic Director, Jazz Australia;
then-Australasia Representative, IAJE Board
García regularly accompanies
students and has performed on piano in a variety of jazz settings.
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news, and views of the artist, plus educational
resources and selected links.
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