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Catarina New: Bio

With a Master's degree in Music education, Swedish saxophonist Catarina came to New York 1993 to study at New School of Jazz. After 2 years of intense Jazz studies with such greats as Reggie Workman, Hal Galper, David Liebman, Bob Mintzer and Bill Evans Catarina moved to Los Angeles. Ms.New created a six piece band with a touch of Funky and Brazilian Jazz and performed all the Jazzclubs in L.A, making her name a household.

In 1998 Catarina was excepted at University of Southern California and offered a full scholarship as a saxophone student. At the same time she was touring with Branscombe Richmond band and has through the years traveled and performed in Scandinavia, Germany, Brazil, Tahiti, Hawaii, performed at the Playboy Jazz fest, B.B.Kings, Jazz Bakery, La Ve Lee, House of Blues, L.A. and many other big venues. As a saxophonist Ms.New has performed with Trumpeter Bobby Shew and Bobby Rodriquez, Pianist Chuchito Valdez, Guitarist Kenny Burrell, Saxophonist Justo Almario, Drummer Thelonious Monk Jr., Vocalists Anita O'Day, Barbara Morrison and Nikki Harris to name a few.

Catarina's second CD in collaboration with Marty Steele was released in 2004 and got great reviews. Well known entertainment editor Bruce Fessier is saying, "Catarina New deserves being mentioned in the same breath as Saxophonists Candy Dulfer and Mindy Abair". In 2006 Catarina won the "Southern California Music Awards" in the category "Best Jazz solo artist".

Portland, Oregon Jazz scene awarded Catarina as the "Jazz musician of the month" in July 2012. Since then, she has been very active in many bands and with her own band "Brazilian Touch".

October 2015 was the the start of yet another project called "the Big New Band". An 18 piece band featuring the best of Big band arrangers like Gordon Goodwin, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, Michel Camillo and many more. The band has an exciting and fiery rhythm section and features many great soloists.