Discography

Gina Benalcazar has been featured on albums as a band member, soloist, and arranger.

One-Track Mind

Posi-Tone Records unveils the carefully curated debut recording of the Becoming Quintet and keeps their musical message focused on evolving the expression of their One-Track Mind. This novel project features the individual talents of five emerging artists with cohesive camaraderie who are focused on creating a series of meaningfully fresh musical presentations. Each member of the group (trumpeter Eric Wortzman, saxophonist Markus Howell, pianist Luther Allison, bassist Liany Mateo and drummer Zach Adleman) brings a tremendous and unique talent to the collective, and each one also contributes an individual musical statement to the program. Everything is meant to entertain and delight, and a splendid time is guaranteed for all! Recorded under the supervision of producer Marc Free, each of these succinct performances are intended to provide an opportunity for new and long-time listeners to become even bigger fans of these new musicians and the genre of Jazz. Sit back and enjoy the intelligent and beautiful sounds emanating from the Becoming Quintet as they explore the mysteries of their One-Track Mind and present an engaging straight forward musical message about a more delightful today and a brighter tomorrow.

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*Featured as band member


BONAFIDE

Trombonist Michael Dease gives listeners the real deal by assembling a colossal collection of several of the best trombonists -- including Conrad Herwig, Marshall Gilkes, and Gina Benalcazar -- for his latest release Bonafide.  Highlighted by a full complement of tour de force performances, the album also features strong showings supported by the hard swinging rhythm section of pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Todd Coolman, and the ever exciting drummer E.J. Strickland. This amazing ensemble of talents plays skillfully, and everyone works seamlessly together to keep the session in the pocket while the trombones cover all the finer points of the music with effortless mastery and melodic brilliance.  Bonafide is a straight forward collection of quality performances that will certainly entertain jazz enthusiasts again and again with amazement and delight.

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Reaching Out

Trombonist Michael Dease brings together a new group of hands to help engage his audience by “Reaching Out.” Assembling a diverse group of voices, both young and old, Dease succeeds in creating an artful conglomeration of supporting talent featuring saxophonists Walt Weiskopf and Ralph Bowen, vibraphonist Behn Gillece, bassist Peter Brendler, pianist Luther Allison, and drummer Zach Adleman. Dease’s skillful band leading keeps the music steadily straight forward as the group undertakes an exciting program of new compositions and intelligent arrangements of some new and familiar melodies. With yet another enjoyably swinging affair firmly grounded in both tradition and exploration from start to finish, Dease continues reaching ever higher for the blue skies of a brighter tomorrow. Listeners will certainly agree that Dease’s new album succeeds in delivering a compelling and engaging message that encourages everyone to continue “Reaching Out.” 

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Featured as arranger


Suite Theory

This CD is a recording of a big band with an amazing collaboration of soloists that are playing a wide variety of compositions by Mica Bethea spanning multiple styles that tells the story of his life.

Genres: Big Band Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Swing, Latin

Release Date: 2018

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Stage N' Studio

This 2 disk set of music features the beauty of recording a big band in the studio (disk 1) and live in concert (disk 2) with many amazing arrangements by Mica Bethea and incredible solos from the top musicians in the North Florida region.

Genres: Big Band Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Swing, Latin

Release Date: 2017

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Featured as band member and soloist