On Friday, October 21st, the Rob Garcia 4 will celebrate the release of their new album The Drop and the Ocean (BJU Records) in their premiere performance at Firehouse 12. This performance will feature Garcia’s working band, with the young phenoms Noah Preminger (saxophones) and Dan Tepfer (piano), joining critically-acclaimed bassist Joe Martin and Garcia (drums.) Garcia’s music incorporates smart, boppy melodies, light, lyrical ballads, and a swinging feel while leaving room for extended musical explorations.
Garcia is known as a “remarkable drummer” (Village Voice) and a “prime mover in the current Brooklyn Jazz scene” (TONY). His last album, Perennial (BJU Records) was hailed as one of the Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2009 (New York Observer). Critics have hailed The Drop and The Ocean as “an elastic and adventurous statement” (New York Times), and as having a “remarkably melodic and thoughtfully orchestrated approach” (JazzTimes). The New York City Jazz Record praises the group’s first record Perennial (BJU Records) for its “personality. Perennial pulls no punches, takes no prisoners and thoroughly satisfies.”
For the past decade, drummer Rob Garcia has brought his superb skills and subtly dynamic rhythmic sense to an assortment of jazz-based, creative ensembles. He is founder and executive director of an artist-run, non-profit organization called Connection Works and a member of the Douglass Street Music Collective, as well as the Brooklyn Jazz Underground. He has performed or recorded with noted bandleaders Wynton Marsalis and Joseph Jarman, and collaborated with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, among others.