Cathy Segal-Garcia

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Cathy Segal-Garcia (born May 28, 1953) is an American jazz singer.[1]

She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. Her mother, Natalie Segal, was a singer. Her father, Mike Segal, was a sax player who led bands in the Boston area. Her older twin sisters, Edie and Margy, sang and played piano. She studied flute, guitar and piano as a child, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, 1972 through 1975, with flute and arranging and composition.

Private teaching starting 1985, California State University of Los Angeles 2005 to present, California State University of Long Beach 2000 to 2004, Occidental College 2009 to 2011, Los Angeles Academy Music Academy in Pasadena 2000-2008, South Pasadena High School 2003 to 2005, Musicians Institute in Hollywood 1992 to 1995, opened the vocal department American Institute of Music in Vienna 1991, Sho Kosugi Institute in L.A. 2000 through 2004, Creative Global Entertainment in L.A. 2006 through 2007, and at various schools delivering Master Classes across the globe.

Cathy Segal-Garcia’s professional activities have been directed towards performance, composition, and teaching over the last 40 years. She has consistently maintained a high level of visibility by pursuing an active performance career. Her performance experience has encompassed singing with small ensembles, up to Symphony Orchestras and Big Bands. Ms. Segal-Garcia has performed in almost every city in Japan, traveling there twice every year since 1985. She has also performed in a professional capacity in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Finland, Yugoslavia, Slovatkia...and in South Korea, South America, Canada, Australia, and throughout the U.S.A.

She is an adjudicator for vocal festivals, such as Fullerton College’s yearly vocal festival, and asked to create workshops for other teachers.[citation needed]

Cathy has worked in professional situations in recording studios, performing as backup and lead for commercials (such as: Volvo, Coca Cola, public utilities), airlines (United Airlines), movies (such as: HBO’s 1999 story of Ayn Rand)[2] and other artist’s recordings.


California Lawyers for the Arts Artistic License Awards : Musician Cathy Segal-Garcia. LA Board of Supervisors Member Mark Ridley-Thomas PEN Center USA Malissa Feruzzi Shriver.

"I Didn't Know What Time It Was" Recorded versions: Cathy Segal-Garcia, Jackie Allen, Karrin Allyson, Laurindo Almeida, Maria Anadon (2007 ) Ernestine Anderson Lew Anderson Big.

"Heart to Heart" (HD Records, 1998) Ross Tompkins and Cathy Segal-Garcia. Ross Tompkins Celebrates the Music of Harold Arlen.


  • 1985 - Point of View (alternative jazz)
  • 1991 - Song of the Heart (modern jazz) Phillip Strange on piano, Marc Johnson on bass, Peter Erskine on drums
  • 1998 - Alone Together (modern jazz) Phillip Strange on piano
  • 1998 - Heart to Heart (classic jazz) Ross Tompkins on piano
  • 2001 - Secret Life (alternative jazz) Karen Hammack on piano, Chris Symer on bass, Kendall Kay on drums
  • 2007 - Day by Day (classic jazz) Recorded in 1995, with legendary guitarist Joe Diorio
  • 2011 - In Your Own Back Yard John Stowell on guitar
  • 2012 - Bohemian (modern jazz) with Yoonseung Cho on piano
  • 2013 - The Moment, featuring Cathy Segal-Garcia, Live At The Blue Whale(modern jazz) with Gary Fukushima on keyboard, Chuck Manning on tenor sax, Brad Dutz on percussion, and Jeff Richman on guitar


External links[edit]

Cathy Segal-Garcia Official Website