Cathy Segal-Garcia
Articles by Cathy Segal-Garcia

BEVAN MANSON'S SEXTET
I guess you write about what turns you on. Bevan Manson’s sextet  does it for me.

Sitting at The Blue Whale, right from the get-go, the musicians are reading great charts and blowing with everything they’ve got. I feel so lucky to be here, to have this place where they can do this and I can listen! read more...

REFLECTIONS
Amongst other things to do, I must sit down and write this piece, in the hopes that someone will publish it broadly, and a little piece of reality will be known by all who read it. I went to Yugoslavia for seven weeks in June. I went there to sing at a five-star Hyatt Hotel in Belgrade, better known in the European world as Beograd. read more...

THE BLUE WHALE IN LOS ANGELES
When music of this quality is being played live, in front of you, the world changes. The realities of life that you support in daily living melt away like another lifetime, and what comes in its place is like a heaven, a connection to the divine read more...

IDEAS FOR BEGINNING IMPROVISATION
1) Learn the song first.  Melody, lyrics, and chord changes.  Something simple is a good place to start.
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PHILOSOPHIES FOR COMING-UP SINGERS
Seeing a great number of amateur and semi-professional, and of course pro singers pass by me in my travels, I have written down some of my philosophical observations for singers on “the path”
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SINGERS AS MUSICIANS
Let’s look at the reality of the situation.  A group of people gets together with the purpose of creating music. Each musician knows how to play his or her instrument to a certain degree, has a degree of experience, and is versed in the language of music.  Would you want to be a part of this group?
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IMPROVISATION
This is an article written by CSG which came out in March 1997 in an issue of “Angel City Voice”, which is a publication put out in Los Angeles for singers.  If you wish a copy of the publication, or wish to get onto the mailing list for future publications, call Liz Lewis at (213)460-2486 at 4804 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste 123, Valley Village, CA 91607.  These publications are filled with extremely interesting and valuable information regarding the profession of singing.
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Interviews by Cathy Segal-Garcia:

BUILD IT, AND THEY WILL COME
An Interview with Paul Lines
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AN INTERVIEW WITH PETER ERSKINE
Peter Erskine has been at the forefront of world-class jazz ensembles for twenty-five years.  He joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra in 1972 for 3 years, then 2 years with Maynard Ferguson, and then a 4 year run of performances and 5 albums recorded with Weather Report.
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