Victor Garcia has been performing with his group, CALJE, and freelancing in Chicago and beyond for the past 10 years. He has had the opportunity to play with a multitude of artists from a wide variety of genres, such as Aretha Franklin, Arturo Sandoval, Spoon, Victor Manuelle, Nicholas Payton, La India, the Temptations, Steve Turre, Tito Puente, Jr., Paquito d'Rivera, and countless others. His travels have taken him to Europe, Central America, and South America. In addition, he has recorded dozens of albums, two of which garnered Grammy nominations in 2005 (Angel Melendez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra) and 2008 (Sones de Mexico), and one which was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2007 (Sones de Mexico). Victor also maintains a busy teaching schedule at the Music Institute of Chicago, Merit School of Music, Loyola University and at Roosevelt University.
"...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."