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.