Cathy Segal-Garcia

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”

by Mika Yamamoto


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.

  1. Intend to be independent
  2. Intend to communicate
  3. Intend to free yourself
  4. Seek the state of being oneself
  5. Bring your intentions into actions in an effective timing
  6. Learn to surrender in the flow
  7. Train yourself to trust the moment
  8. Train yourself to handle the moment
  9. Learn to lead the group towards the right direction with your own wisdom
  10. Always connected to the core force
  11. Always contribute to the situation the best way
  12. Believe and create the magic

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.


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Fish To Birds

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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                               GROUP INCLUDES:
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Emile Hassan-Dyer         
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cathy Segal-Garcia
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Adrianne Duncan
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cecily Gardner
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ashley Maher
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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

On Sunday, March 1, 2015...Cathy Segal-Garcia  was one of the 5 recipients of the
"JAZZ DEL CORAZON" Award...For the Women Movers-and-Shakers of the L.A. Jazz scene! 

JAZZ DEL CORAZON CELEBRATES different individuals of THE LOS ANGELES JAZZ SCENE, and donates the proceeds to support local Jazz musicians in times of erxtreme need.
    Jazz LivingLegend  Started by Linda Morgan
  • Is honoring jazz individuals,
    celebrating their being  Living Legends!
    Cathy Segal-Garcia  was honored on Friday,
    July 31st 2015, as a Living Legend!!  
    Linda Morgan honored 6 women, celebrating this distinct honor to 100 jazz performers!  The celebration was held at the Friday night jazz series at LACMA!

“Never Forgotten”

Legendary Guitarist Ted Greene with Cathy Segal-Garcia

A Double Set! One documentary DVD of a live performance and one documentary CD of 2 live performances!

I am so honored to have these recordings with the legendary guitarist, Ted Greene. Ted was a dear friend to many people, including me. I met Ted in 1976 in the jazz club Donte’s in L.A. I had heard about him while I was attending Berklee College, and when we met, we started playing together. I was one of the only singers he worked with.

The DVD in this package is from 2000 at Rocco’s Jazz Club in L.A. Rocco’s was a marvelous club which supported mostly modern jazz. Ted and I did a wonderful concert there, and it was recorded on someone’s simple video camera. You may have seen some of these cuts already. Here in this DVD you can see most of the night’s performance.

The CD in this package is of two performances, recorded on extremely simple recording equipment. One performance was at the old building of M.I. in Hollywood in 1976. The other was at Papshon’s Restaurant in Encino in 1998. These were mixed in 2014 by the extremely talented engineer, Wayne Peet, in L.A. He and I spent many hours working on achieving a decent result to listen to.

I would like to offer these recordings as a documentary and historic review. Ted Greene was a treasure. Any person who appreciates jazz guitar, and jazz guitar and vocal, can appreciate these moments!

One of the most thorough biographies on Ted is here on “Forgotten Heroes”

Watch and listen to one of the performances on the DVD! Got to Ted Greene's page:

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