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 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 now in demand internationally for clinics, private teaching, jazz compositions, and live performances and studio recording.
To date, Cathy has five CDs under her own leadership: Point Of View, Song Of The Heart, Heart to Heart, Alone Together, and her new CD, Secret Life.