Cathy Segal-Garcia (born May 28, 1953) is an American jazz singer.
She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. Her mother, Natalie Segal, was a singer. Her father, Mike Segal, was a saxophone player who led bands in the Boston area. Her older sisters, Edie and Margy, sang and played piano. She studied flute, guitar and piano as a child, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, 1972 through 1975, with flute and arrangingand composition.
Private teaching starting 1985, California State University of Los Angeles 2005 to present, California State University of Long Beach 2000 to 2004, Occidental College 2009 to 2011, Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena 2000-2008, South Pasadena High School 2003 to 2005, Musicians Institute in Hollywood 1992 to 1995, opened the vocal department American Institute of Music in Vienna 1991, Sho Kosugi Institute 2000 through 2004, Creative Global Entertainment 2006 through 2007, and at various schools delivering master classes.
Segal-Garcia's professional activities have been directed towards performance, composition, and teaching over the last 40 years. She has consistently maintained a high level of visibility by pursuing an active performance career. Her performance experience has encompassed singing with small ensembles to symphony orchestras and big bands. She has performed in almost every city in Japan, traveling there twice every year since 1985. She has also performed in a professional capacity in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Finland, Yugoslavia, Slovakia, and in South Korea, South America, Canada, Australia, and throughout the U.S.
She is an adjudicator for vocal festivals, such as Fullerton College's yearly vocal festival, and asked to create workshops for other teachers.
She has worked in professional situations in recording studios, performing as backup and lead for commercials (such as: Volvo, Coca Cola, public utilities), airlines (United Airlines), movies (such as: HBO's 1999 story of Ayn Rand).
Songs in Order 1,This Can't be love 2, Putting on the Ritz " Live at the Blue Whale" 3, I was doing Alright 4, Goodnite Sweetheart "Heart to Heart" 5, God Grandest Theme "Secret Life" 6, Mr. Hall "Point of View"
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Clora Bryant started in music as a singer in her Baptist church, but took up the trumpet after her brother, Frederick Bryant (born March 21, 1918 who currently resides in Lawton, Oklahoma), left it on going into the Army
in 1941. She studied improvisation using a wire recorder to record her own soloing along with jazz records, and studying the results. She became adept at a variety of genres, from jazz to classical, and performing versions of famous jazz solos of the day. In addition, she honed her own unique improvisational skills in jam sessions along Central Avenue in Los Angeles, the center of the mid-'40s West Coast African-American jazz scene.
I first met Clora in the 80's a very delightful women. This interview we talk about her experience on central ave. And her friendship with all the greats musician such as Bird, Miles, Duke, Dizzy just to name a few. Enjoy this interview with the legend trumpetist Clora Bryant. This interview was recorded in 1986 at KXLU radio Station
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Songs in order 1, Making Whoopee 2, Sweet Georgia Brown 3, Gypsy in My Soul 4, Tea for Two 5,Little Girl Blue CD title " Gal with the Horn"
McLean was born in New York City. His father, John Sr., played guitar in Tiny Bradshaw's orchestra. After his father's death in 1939, Jackie's musical education was continued by his godfather, his record-store-owning stepfather, and several noted teachers. He also received informal tutoring from neighbors Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Charlie Parker. During high school he played in a band with Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, and Andy Kirk Jr. (the tenor saxophonist son of Andy Kirk).
His early recordings as leader were in the hard bop school. He later became an exponent of modal jazz without abandoning his foundation in hard bop. Throughout his career he was known for a distinctive tone, akin to the tenor saxophone and often described with such adjectives as "bitter-sweet", "piercing", or "searing", a slightly sharp pitch, and a strong foundation in the blues.
In 1962 he recorded Let Freedom Ring for Blue Note. This album was the culmination of attempts he had made over the years to deal with harmonic problems in jazz, incorporating ideas from the free jazz developments of Ornette Coleman and the "new breed" which inspired his blending of hard bop with the "new thing": "the search is on, Let Freedom Ring". Let Freedom Ring began a period in which he performed with avant-garde jazz musicians rather than the veteran hard bopperformers he had been playing with previously. His adaptation of modal jazz and free jazz innovations to his vision of hard bop made his recordings from 1962 on distinctive.
McLean recorded with dozens of well-known musicians and had a gift for spotting talent. Saxophonist Tina Brooks, trumpeter Charles Tolliver, pianist Larry Willis, trumpeter Bill Hardman, and tubist Ray Draper were among those who benefited from McLean's support in the 1950s and 1960s. Drummers such as Tony Williams,Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White, Michael Carvin, and Carl Allen gained important early experience with McLean.
In 1970, he and his wife, Dollie McLean, founded the Artists Collective, Inc. of Hartford, an organization dedicated to preserving the art and culture of the African Diaspora. It provides educational programs and instruction in dance, theatre, music and visual arts. The membership of McLean's later bands were drawn from his students in Hartford, including Steve Davis and his son René, who is a jazz saxophonist and flautist as well as a jazz educator. Also in McLean's Hartford group wasMark Berman, the jazz pianist and broadway conductor of Smokey Joe's Cafe and Rent. In 1979 he reached No. 53 in the UK Singles Chart with "Doctor Jackyll and Mister Funk".
He received an American Jazz Masters fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2001 and numerous other national and international awards. McLean was the only American jazz musician to found a department of studies at a University and a community-based organization almost simultaneously. Each has existed for over three decades.
After a long illness, McLean died on March 31, 2006, in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2006, Jackie McLean was elected to the DownBeat Hall of Fame via the International Critics Poll. Sit back and enjoy this interview along with my co-host Diana Wimbish. recorded at KXLU 88.9 in Los Angeles, Ca
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