Cathy Segal Garcia, Kenny Stahl & Ross GarrenJazz
photo by Cathy Segal Garcia
Once you’ve heard this incredible jazz singer, Cathy Segal Garcia, you won’t forget her voice. So rich and warm, she will be filling the room with her round sound of vocal power and dynamic. She will also be giving a vocal workshop while in town details forthcoming.
Cathy first moved to San Francisco, and then to Los Angeles in late 1975, where she settled and still resides. One of the things that impressed many colleagues, fans and critics over the years, is that she has consistently worked at her craft. Performing with literally hundreds of musicians, some of the more well known are: pianist Russell Ferrante (The Yellowjackets), drummer Tom Brechtlein (Robben Ford, Chick Corea), bassist Marc Johnson (pianist Bill Evans, John Scofield), bassist Gary Willis (Scott Henderson), ledgendary guitarist Ted Greene, guitarist Jeff Richman, guitarist Mike Miller (Chick Corea), drummer Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Stan Kenton, Steeley Dan), pianist Kei Akagi (Miles Davis), drummer Joey Barron (Bill Frisell, John Scoffield), studio pianist Mike Lang, 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 (Sarah Vaughn), trumpeter Bill Berry, pianist Dave Mackay, guitarist John Pisano...the list goes on and on and on. Their style ranges from bebop to modern jazz.
Her singing and professionalism attracted much notice over the years resulting in international demand … for clinics, private teaching, her jazz compositions, live performances and studio recording. In the release of Michele Weir’s “Vocal Improvisation” book put out in 2001 by Advance Music, she is quoted along with 20 other illustrious vocalists, including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bobby McFerrin, Jay Clayton, Jon Hendricks. In Los Angeles she’s created and continued monthly workshops since 1996, which include clinicians from L.A. as well as visiting artists from out of state or out of the country…such as Barbara Morrison, Carmen Lundy, Rebecca Paris, Jay Clayton, Julie Kelly, Madeline Eastman, Judy Neimack, Kate McGarry, Nancy King, Ruth Price, Michele Weir…etc.
Besides her large private student roster, Cathy teaches currently at CSULA (Cal State L.A.), and Occidental College. She has taught at M.I. (Musician’s Institute), LAMA (L.A. Music Academy), Creative Global Entertainment studios, UCLA, and USC. Her first booklet on vocal technique, “Basics For Vocal Techniques”, is available through her website, and she is presently having her second book on technique published. She is also currently co-writing a book with guitarist Les Wise.
At this time Cathy runs a popular weekly jazz jam session in Los Angeles, which has been running since March 2001. This session has added a tremendous enhancement to the jazz community, and is internationally known…it’s regularly featured in The L.A. Jazz Scene newspaper, and has been featured in music magazine, Brass Bulletin, published in Switzerland in 5 languages.
In L.A.’s music magazine, Music Connection, she was voted #3 in 1995 in “The top 10 hottest unsigned acts.” She’s listed in the “All Music Guide to Jazz”, and her singing performances have won multiple times on cable’s BET (Black Entertainment TV) performance contests. She’s delivered several vocal clinics at the famed IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) conventions. Winner of the 1997 JAZZIZ Magazine contest of Composer/Artist, to be a part of their 1998 Sampler, magazine article and winner of equipment. Endorsed by EV (Electro-Voice), and performing for the Mark V booth at the 1996 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA and in the 1996 show in Frankfurt, Germany.
Ms. Segal-Garcia is the founder of jazz vocal group “Alone Together”; which is a 4 person group of high level jazz vocalists, along with top trio musicians...performing solo pieces, duo’s and quartet pieces, and scatting. Members have included recording artists and Grammy nominees ... Julie Kelly, Stephanie Haynes, Tierney Sutton, Kate McGarry, Cheryl Barnes, Michele Weir, Alison Wedding, and Jimmer Bolden. . This group has now morphed into “Octet In Jazz Language”, which has added spoken-word artist Michael C. Ford, and has featured jazz vocalists Stephanie Haynes, Julie Kelly, Cheryl Barnes, and Sherry Williams. Performing live in clubs and concerts and on television in the U.S.A. and South America; this group is highly entertaining to fans.
The co-founder of two organizations, Cathy is currently the President of The California Pop and Jazz Council www.capopandjazzcouncil.org in Los Angeles, and the past Jazz Vocal Coalition www.jzvoc.org …both groups dedicated to the education of singers and musicians, and, by bringing credibility to pop and jazz, creating a demand in the marketplace.
Always the world traveler, Cathy has traveled to Europe, South America, Canada, and considers Japan her second home…having traveled there every year since 1985. Having been to the Chaco Province near Buenos Aires several times, to be the only United States jazz singer in their annual Jazz Festival, and to teach at a week-long clinic, the 2nd year her vocal group was invited, along with such International artists as Pedro Aznar, Hermeto Pasqual, Peteco, Eduardo Lagos and Chango Gomez.
To date, besides singing on CDs, films and commercials, Ms. Segal Garcia has 6 CDs out in the marketplace under her own leadership...the earliest is titled “POINT OF VIEW”; featuring a varied group of musicians including Russell Ferrante, Gary Willis, Tom Brechtlein, John Heard, Rick Helzer, Clay Jenkins, Wayne Johnson, Loren Pickford. This record is almost completely original music, with timeless arrangements by San Diego-based pianist and educator Rick Helzer. Gary Jackson, a writer for the last 30 years, wrote for the trade magazine ‘Black Radio’... “Cathy Segal-Garcia sounds like no other vocalist. Her unique and warm vocal style evokes a spirit and empathy in such a way that the listener longs to hear more.”
Raised in Chicago, Kenny has studied and performed many forms of jazz, from the mysteries of Monk to the preludes of Bach, with stops along the way for Latin, be-bop, Brazilian and Contemporary. He has received performance degrees from the Universities of Alabama and Nevada. Kenny has played principal flute in the Miami and Reno Symphonies. Kenny is a seasoned recording artist as well, and can be heard on numerous CDs, including Jeff Linski’s "Angel Serenade" on Concord Picante, and his own recordings "Kenny’s From Heaven", "Scentuality", and his latest release, "Mpingo". Kenny has been featured with such notable artists as: Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Cal Tjader, Richie Cole, Herb Jeffries, Paul Horn, Jeff Linsky, Helcio Miilito, Weber Iago, Claudia Villela, Pierre Bensusan, Lee Greenwood, and Roger Glenn. He was seen on the cover of "Jazz Now" magazine in August 1999 with a feature story.