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Russ Garcia Unable to Attend Own 95th Birthday Celebration

Concerts will still take place in Oakland and NYC

Composer, arranger and conductor Russell Garcia has been ordered by his doctor to give up his travel plans to participate in his three-city 95th Birthday Tour. Although disappointed by the decision, Garcia said he will celebrate from his home in New Zealand while vocalists Shaynee Rainbolt and Terese Genecco host tributes at Yoshi’s Oakland on November 1, and at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club on November 6. The New York celebration features special guest star Billy Stritch.

The concert scheduled for October 26 at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood has been cancelled.

Garcia, who recently suffered from collapsed vertebrae, is on bed rest and unable to travel. The New York concert will be streamed live, allowing Garcia to not only watch the concert, but also to participate. Others may also tune in to Iridium Live.

Joining Rainbolt and Genecco at Yoshi’s are Larry Dunlap, piano; Daniel Fabricant, bass; Tom Duckworth, drums; Rich Armstrong, trumpet; Tony Malfatti, tenor saxophone; and, in Garcia’s four-trombone signature style, Doug Beavers, Don Benham, Greg Saúl and Floyd Reinhart.

In New York, Rainbolt and Genecco will perform Garcia originals plus classics from the Great American Songbook arranged by Garcia and accompanied by their nine-piece Little Big Band, featuring pianist Billy Stritch along with bassist Tom Hubbard, drummer Ray Marchica, trumpeter Bud Burridge, tenor saxophonist Cliff Lyons and trombonists John Fedchock, John Allred, Nate Mayland and George Flynn.

Concert Details


Yoshi’s Jazz Club, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA 94607; 510-238-9200; Tickets: $20.00; Yoshi’s Oakland



Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019; 212-582-2121; Tickets: $25.00;; Iridium Live

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