Composer, arranger and trumpeter Russell Garcia studied with several composers, among them Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Ernst Krenek. He played in Al Donahue's and Horace Heidt's dance bands, then did studio arrangements for Buddy DeFranco, Charlie Barnet, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges and Ray Brown among others from 1953 until the early '60s. Garcia later wrote film and television scores, and provided arrangements for Stan Kenton's Neophonic orchestra in the mid-'60s. He had his Third Stream compositions recorded in 1979.
- by Ron Wynn
All Music Group