"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, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Vince Giordano, Woody Allen and Joseph Jarman and has played on over 40 albums including grammy winners. Rob's album, "Perennial" (BJUR 012) was in the "10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009" in the New York Observer. His group, the Rob Garcia 4, has performed at venues such as The Ottawa Jazz Festival, Iridium, Smalls, the Kingston Jazz Festival and the Toronto Jazz Festival. Rob has also received grants from Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances.
Rob has also been a major force in artist-run jazz organizations. He is the founder and executive director of Connection Works, a member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground and a founding member of the Douglass Street Music Collective. In addition to many creative projects, Rob has played on many recordings for TV commercials, TV shows, and major motion pictures. He has a master's of music from Suny Purchase (2006).