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Garcia was born in New York City and was an autodidact at guitar, which he began playing when he was nine years old. He played with Tony Scott in 1950, and following this with Charlie Parker, George Shearing, and Joe Roland. He was with Scott again in 1955, and then recorded with Milt Buckner, Johnny Glasel, Joe Puma, Lenny Hambro, and Bobby Scott. He released an album as a leader on Dawn Records in 1956 entitled Message from Garcia, featuring Bill Evans, Tony Scott, Gene Quill, and Frank Isola. In the 1960s he toured with Shearing again as well as with Kai Winding.
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With Kai Winding
- Solo (Verve, 1963)