The Hyde Park Jazz Society selects local jazz musicians to perform on the third Tuesday of every month at Café Logan. Enjoy beer, wine, a full coffee bar, and food along with some of the best jazz the city has to offer. Presented by the Logan Center and Hyde Park Jazz Society with additional support by WDCB. Free admission. Seating is first come first serve. Free parking in surface lot at 60th and Drexel Ave.
Victor Garcia first began playing with various Latin bands, including Ricky Luis (singer of N'Klabe of Universal Records), Angel Melendez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra, Johnny Rodriguez's Latin Inspiration, and Papo Santiago and Infraverde during his time at the University of Illinois. He also studied with classical luminaries Ron Romm of the Canadian Brass, and with jazz saxophone master, Ron Bridgewater. After transferring to Northern Illinois University, Mr. Garcia began playing in the NIU Jazz Ensemble under Professor Ron Carter. During the time when he was involved with the group, Victor met pianist Darwin Noguera and shortly thereafter, the two founded the band now known as the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE). CALJE has performed at jazz festivals such as the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Isthmus Jazz Festival, and the Made In Chicago Jazz Series.
"...trumpeter Victor Garcia--one of Chicago’s most exciting young musicians, equally adept at Latin music and pure jazz improvisation..." (Neil Tesser, examiner.com) has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with in Chicago and beyond. Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune says "Garcia...stands as an ebullient soloist, offering a formidable technique and a radiantly polished tone."