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Antonio Garcia

Antonio Garcia

Learning Swing Feel, or How to Sculpt an Elephant

Clinic Synopsis:

Teaching someone how to swing eighth-note lines in jazz is comparable to dictating how much seasoning to include in fine food, or what degree of color to mix in a painting: they are indefinable. But most of us already recognize what is _not_ good swing style. So let's use that as a tool to move towards better swing feel! Tony actually works with a student throughout this session; so you'll be able to see that student's challenges and opportunities. Be sure to stay right through to the end, because just when you think the session's over, the student comes back and demonstrates what he's learned in such a short time.

Antonio Garcia - Biographical Information

Antonio J. García is a performer, composer/arranger, producer, clinician, educator, and author in both instrumental and vocal genres. The Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, his newest book, Jazz Improvisation: Practical Approaches to Grading (Meredith Music), explores avenues for creating structures that correspond to course objectives. His 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. He has performed as trombonist, bass trombonist, or pianist with 70 major artists including Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Tormé, Billy Eckstine, Doc Severinsen, Louie Bellson, Dave Brubeck, and Phil Collins. A Bach/Selmer clinician/soloist and avid scat-singer, he is Associate Jazz Editor for the International Trombone Association Journal, Past Editor of the International Association for Jazz Education Jazz Education Journal, Past President of IAJE-IL, Board Secretary of The Midwest Clinic, Past Advisory Board Member of the Brubeck Institute, is Co-Editor/Contributing Author of Teaching Jazz: A Course of Study, and authored a chapter within Rehearsing The Jazz Band and The Jazzer’s Cookbook. He is the only individual to have directed all three genres of Illinois All-State jazz ensembles: combo, vocal jazz choir, and big band. He served as a Network Expert (for Improvisation Materials) for the Jazz Education Network. His articles have been widely published; and his compositions have been published by Kjos, Hal Leonard, Kendor, Doug Beach, ejazzlines, Walrus, UNC Jazz Press, Three-Two Music, Potenza Music, and his own company. García is also the subject of an extensive interview within Bonanza: Insights and Wisdom from Professional Jazz Trombonists (Advance Music). Visit his web site at <>.