Cathy Segal-Garcia

Cathy Segal-Garcia

Musicians | Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: Los Angeles

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

Updated: July 20, 2023

Born: May 28, 1953

Boston-bred Cathy Segal-Garcia loved jazz since the age of 5 when she would hang around with her dad (sax player Mike Segal) while she listened to and copied Ella Fitzgerald. Her mother and sisters were also musical, and the family got her started on flute at the age of 10.

Cathy attended the Berklee School of Music from 1972 through 1975, where studied flute and Arranging and Composition . After college, she moved to San Francisco for a brief period, and then to Los Angeles in late 1975, where she still resides. One of the things that has impressed her many colleagues, fans and critics is that she has consistently performed and composed over the years. Performing and recording with literally hundreds of musicians, some of the more well known include: Pianist Russell Ferrante (The Yellowjackets) Drummer Tom Brechtlein (Robben Ford, Chick Corea) Bassist Marc Johnson (pianist Bill Evans, John Ambercrombie, John Scoffield) Bassist Gary Willis (Scott Henderson) Ledgendary guitarist Ted Greene Guitarist Jeff Richman Guitarist Mike Miller (Chick Corea) Saxophonist Bob Sheppard (Steeley Dan) Drummer Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Stan Kenton, Steeley Dan, and many modern jazz recording artists) Pianist Kei Akagi (Miles Davis) Drummer Joey Barron (Bill Frisell, John Scoffield) Studio pianist Mike Lang Singer/pianist Diana Krall Drummer John Robinson (Quincy Jones) Pianist David Benoit Pianist Billy Childs Drummer Joey Heredia (Scott Henderson, Tania Maria) Flautist Sam Most Pianist Carl Schroeder, head of the piano department at Musicians Institute in Hollywood (Sarah Vaughn) Trumpeter Bill Berry Saxophonist Don Menza Pianist extraordinare Dave Mackay Guitarist John Pisano ...and the list goes on. Their styles range from bebop to modern jazz.

Her singing and professionalism attracted much notice over the years and Cathy is presently in demand internationally for clinics, private teaching, jazz compositions, and live performances and studio recording. To date, Cathy has thirteen CDs under her own leadership: Point Of View, Song Of The Heart, Heart to Heart, Alone Together, Secret Life, Day By Day with Joe Diorio, Heart To Heart with Ross Tompkins, Bohemian with Yoonseung Cho. The Moment Live at the Blue Whale, Ted Greene - Never Forgotten, The Jazz Chamber (orchestra).

She's now working on three more projects with stellar musicians!


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“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

“If you closed your eyes you might think she was a highly evolved horn player...” Larry Koonse

“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

“A model of warm, exquisitely focused jazz vocalizing...sensuous voice and cool harmonies.” Don Heckman~~ Los Angeles Times

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals


Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Too many to mention! please see my website for my experience, past and present! Hours vary, depending on my availability, as do rates. Contact me!

Clinic/Workshop Information

I have several that i teach. Scatting...introducing it to all levels, making it easy to approach and understand. Scatting for experienced vocalists as well. Voice technique classes... about the physiology of the vocal instrument, how to problem solve, and how to get the most out of what you have! Business workshops...where to look for gigs, how to create them, hire the musicians for them, how to keep and PR the gig

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Cathy Segal-Garcia Albums

I'm in the Mood for Love

From: Live in Japan
By Cathy Segal-Garcia

For What It's Worth

From: Social Anthems, Volume 1
By Cathy Segal-Garcia

Small Hotel

From: In2uition
By Cathy Segal-Garcia