A funky original, from my recording, “The Moment Live at The Blue Whale – featuring Cathy Segal-Garcia”
A very slow and revealing recording of Leonard Bernstein’s “Some Other Time” on my CD “Song Of The Heart”, with Phillip Strange, Marc Johnson, and Peter Erskine.
An original dedicated to the late and great guitarist, Jim Hall. From my first recording, “Point of View”. Personnel: Russell Ferrante, Gary Willis, Tom Brechtlein, Wayne Johnson.
Hello! I’m glad you’ve come to my website! There are so many things I could talk to you about, but my website has many set categories that you can look through to get an idea of what I’m about, or to get very specific information.
I will tell you that I’ve been a professional singer for almost 50 years! I came from a musical family in Boston, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston 1972-1975, for flute and arranging and composition. I left for California right after that, spending a little time in San Francisco, and then moved to L.A. I was going to try New York, but I met my first husband, and ended up with my home base in L.A.!
I started writing songs around 1979, and since I was always performing, I had a lot of opportunity to sing my originals and do some fine tuning. In the early ‘80s and ‘90s, there were a large number of talented jazz musicians playing both original music and standards. Jobs were plentiful then, and you could really get the experience you needed to become a true professional. I played with many, many wonderful players during those years! Many who have gone on to be quite famous…
One thing I never did, was stop singing and creating! I knew many musicians and singers who did stop or slow down tremendously, because of the changing economics, and negative club owners, and other musicians who didn’t want to play for various reasons. Maybe it was the way my mom raised me, but I just would not stop creating my art because of someone else’s reasons! And so, I became a steady force in the Los Angeles jazz scene… always creating something; a job, a project, a workshop. I started creating vocal jazz workshops, every month, in 1996, and these still continue to this day! We’ve had amazing performers and teachers come through teaching the workshops, and the students have been thrilled with the results!
I also had an extremely popular jazz jam session, every Wednesday night, for 13 years: 2000 – 2013. Many wonderful friendships were made, amateurs became professionals…it was a truly great session!
My work is always changing slightly…but for the most part, these days I perform live, record new CD projects, teach vocal students, create my monthly workshops, travel in the U.S. and abroad, compose, and I get involved with as many worthwhile projects as I can fit into my schedule!
I have two bands that I’m a little more focused on right now. One is a quirky band called “The Moment”, which came out with a new CD in the summer of 2013. It’s a fun, unusual and exciting modern jazz band, with fantastic musicians! The other band is “Fish To Birds”, which is a 7 singer group…not your typical vocal group…pro singers who improvise together! Also, very unusual! You can find mention of these groups within the website, and also find both groups on YouTube.
So, thanks again for coming to visit me! I’m always open for your communications…please don’t hesitate to contact me! And I hope that you create all that you want in this world!
Cathy Segal-Garcia on
“Growing the Artistic point of view and Understanding of life”
How Ms. Cathy Segal-Garcia can help students to learn the art of “knowing.”
Ms. Cathy’s ensemble class will help students to process learning practical skills with a purpose. Her class will encourage a student to realize a figure of cognitive, emotional, and spiritual self. She would ask students to approach and take a part in a significance presence within self. Her teaching will provide students with a safe environment to explore these important life skills followed below, in the context of musical learning and experience.
Many times teachers may do their best to craft for a student, but Cathy will not attempt to craft anything in front of her students because there is no example. She crafts for each different individual, so that her student learns to become him/herself and own him/herself after all.
Cathy will ask a student to keep crafting in front of her as she guides by prompting, reflecting, and setting a challenging but comfortable environment. Then she helps a student to focus on aiming while existing, and ultimately to ‘live’ in the moment.
We are constantly living with our 6th/7th/8th senses, and constantly utilizing these senses as tools to survive in whatever situation we are in, in life.
Sensing the atmosphere, sensing the timing to start talking, to enter and leave the situation, to make an eye contact, focusing to listen on one stream of conversation among others, measuring the distance without precisely measuring, sensing who’s calling, recalling in the right timing, sensing the danger, sensing the right direction, sensing the appropriate communication, etc.
These senses enhance the degree of effectiveness from the other existing 5 senses, but also directly develop a remote control of our intensions and reflections in our own reality. The indescribable senses of ours actually carry much force to turn things around in our lives spontaneously.
When it is used extremely well in a coordinated manner, a person is well expressed and is able to present things in an open and un-intimidating, safe manner in public. When a person is capable of communicating in that way, whichever the ideas or materials he/she is representing, other people will accept the beauty and the balance of it. It serves as a common language among people and having it will connect people within the equal experience.
The perfect balance is not when a person is being well as one point in the context. More than one thing is valued and accepted by the surroundings, so they connect and become a part of anything that exists with something else. It happens when each recognizes its role so each knows how to belong to the context while serving with its individual role.
We seek this effect in life because being accepted relates to our sense of individual fulfillment, which leads us to recognize our own satisfaction, providing us with a sense of being successful, accomplishment. People produce the use of having a sense of being ‘happy’ from these experiences…it seems to be a purpose of living sometimes, but it probably is a personal choice that comes after gaining these experiences of sensing to be alive. Being educated makes a difference in our lives; it saves many lives… and so does being trained to become an art figure of selves through the learning of art, knowing the art of practical learning with human senses, to grow the artistic point of view and understanding of life.
An exciting and creative multi-dimensional vocal improvisational group!
Seven varied and internationally known singers who are recording and touring artists, join together to play!
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“Heart to Heart”; Pianist Ross Tompkins and Cathy. “Segal-Garcia approaches each selection slowly with emotions bared. You can’t rush some things. In order to express these songs appropriately, she uses every ounce of her life’s blood. … As they perform together, the duo forms a spiritual alliance that results in torches being burned down to the bottom, until there’s nothing left to say.” - Jim Santella
“In Control: Jazz singer Cathy Segal-Garcia’s style leans toward heavily melodic vehicles that show off her flowing, at-ease, rhythmic sense...A voice that’s soft and warm as cashmere.” - Zan Stewart, Los Angeles Times
“Even without seeing her, you know that this voice cannot be owned by a blonde...This is a deep, rich, ballsy voice, washed in browns, blues, and other earth tones.” - Paul Anderson, Jazzline
I’d like to thank these crazy, wild, and incredibly musical guys in the band. Feeding one's most free artistic sensibilities is dangerous and vulnerable, and absolutely amazing when it happens and it feels great! I love each of you, and this band has been and is so special to me. I think this is the first steady band I’ve had in 30 years, which talks about my mercurial personality...which is so easy to feed in Los Angeles, where there is an abundance of wonderful players, and so many gigs to steal away your favorite players - forcing you to try new people all the time! This is a band of favorites, who I want to work with, over and over, anywhere in the world!
Thank you to Joon Lee and the Blue Whale. Little did I imagine, Joon, when you showed up at my door more than 20 years ago, that you would make the magnificent contribution to the jazz community that you have done. I couldn’t be more proud of you.
This CD is dedicated to my cousin Linda Harris, who passed away this year. She was my mentor and friend, my cousin and “sister”. A searcher, an adventurer, definitely into the “moment”! She was the only one who really understood who I was as I was growing up. And she was the one who led me into trouble when I was older! I love you Linda! I feel you still!
Thank you to my husband, Gary Hoffman. His endless love and support of me allows me to grow in so many wonderful ways. I really picked right when I picked you, baby. ...more music
Along with a group of prestigious jazz musicians and vocalists, I’ve been listed in W. Royal Stokes’ “NOTABLE JAZZ VOCAL CDs OF 2013”… W. Royal Stokes has been observing the jazz, blues, and popular music worlds since the early 1940s. He was editor of Jazz Notes (the quarterly journal of the Jazz Journalists Association) from 1992 to 2001 and has participated in the annual Down Beat Critics Poll since the 1980s. He hosted his weekly “I thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say . . . .” and Since Minton’s on public radio in the 1970s and ’80s. He has been the Washington Post’s jazz critic and editor of JazzTimes and is the author of The Jazz Scene: An Informal History from New Orleans to 1990 (Oxford University Press, 1991), Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson (Temple University Press, 1994), Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with Forty Musicians about Their Careers in Jazz (Oxford University Press, 2000), and Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers (Oxford University Press, 2005). His trilogy of novels Backwards Over will see publication in early 2014. He is currently at work on a memoir and A W. Royal Stokes Jazz, Blues & Beyond Reader.