Guitarist Jorge Garcia’s intense passion for his instrument is immediately visible and equally audible through his soulful original compositions. Impeccable, melodic solos and supportive, rhythmic guitar work are Garcia’s trademarks and are always a joy to experience. Jorge Garcia has performed with great talent the likes of: Tony Bennett, Richie Cole, Patti Page, Andrea Bocelli, Othelo Molineaux, Candido Camero, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Ed Calle, Bryan Lynch, Ignacio Berroa and Joel Grey to name a few.
Jorge has also performed with pop artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Trini Lopez, The Drifters, The Flamingo’s with Terry Johnson, Bobby Riddell, and many more. Garcia has recorded with Athenas Jazz Art, Carlos Oliva, Pete Minger, Richie Cole; his 2005 release The Sound of Strings with Federico Britos and his recent recording “The Color of Notes” with Israel “Cachao” Lopez, actor Andy Garcia, and the great Vibraphones Chuck Redd. Jorge is in the recording “Voyage” featuring Federico Britos released in April 2010 with Eddie Gomez, Mitchell Camilo, Ignacio Berroa and Giovani Hidalgo. He is on the new CD released in April 2015, Federico Britos Presents The Hot Club Of The Americas with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Hendrik Meurkens, Atonio Adolfo.
Nicky Orta is a highly sought-after electric bassist from the South Florida area. His solid playing and musical versatility has landed him world tours, gigs, and recording sessions with renowned artists such as Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Engelbert Humperdinck, Cristian Castro, Arturo Sandoval, and Sammy Figueroa (with whom Nicky received a Grammy nomination) to name a few. Nicky taught at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, Florida International University and Miami-Dade College. He has given master classes and lectures in the United States, Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Panama; organized and presented three Jazz Bass Conferences in Miami; and has appeared in various journals and sites such as Bass Player, BDGuide, Músico Pro and Forbassplayersonly.com. Nicky contributed a chapter on the electric bass for the book, Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator’s Handbook and Resource Guide. He is also a Founder of the Miami Jazz Cooperative.