Scored for 3 tenor trombones and 1 bass trombone (plus optional drum set) by a native New Orleanian, this medley includes four tunes. “If Ever I Cease to Love” is a revered Mardi Gras anthem, quasi-march. The swing “Down By The Riverside,” also public domain, includes glissandos worthy of subtitling it “Down By The Trombone Slide.” An original ballad by García, “Top of the Mart,” recaptures a movement of his orchestral pops tribute to the Crescent City. And “Crawfish Boil,” another original, is an upbeat blues-party set to a Mardi Gras Indian feel! Everyone gets a piece of the melody at some point of the chart. The top two parts rise to Bb or C above the staff. The structure of the piece also makes it an ideal vehicle to feature a guest soloist of any instrument who might sit in to perform with the trombones. The medley was created in honor of the retirement of García’s mentor, Prof. John Mahoney, Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Loyola University of the South from 1978-2014—and premiered without rehearsal by the composer and fellow trombonists at the May 11, 2014 celebration (providing a perspective on the perform-ability of this piece).
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ANTONIO J. GARCIA has accepted the post of Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond effective, August 2001. A trombonist, bass trombonist or pianist with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Louis Bellson and Phil Collins as well as a composer/arranger and author, Garica serves as Editor of the International Association of Jazz Educators' Jazz Educators' Journal and is past-president of IAJE-Illinois. He is co-editor and contributing author of Teaching Jazz: A course of Study (published by MENC) and a member of the board of The Midwest Clinic. After teaching the summer academic quarter at Northwestern University, Mr. Garcia will leave his current post of Associate Professor of Music at NU. At Northwestern University he directed the combo program, taught jazz and integrated arts, and for four years directed the vocal jazz ensemble. Prior to NU he served as the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. He was selected by students and faculty at NIU as the receipient of a 1992 "Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching" Award and nominated as its candidate for the 1992 CASE "U.S. Professor of the Year (one of 434 nationwide).