After finishing her Master's Degree in Music and a few years of working in Sweden Catarina left for New York to improve her saxophone skills at the "New School of Jazz".
From 1995-2000 Catarina led her own six piece band in the Los Angeles area and also served as the musical director for "L.A. Women in Blues". Catarina produced, composed and arranged her first CD "Don't Stop Now" in 1999. Around this time Ms. New also incorporated her soulful vocals on her performances and recordings and has since been successful with her intimate connection with the audience.
Catarina is a seasoned performer and has among her track record, The House of Blues, B.B. Kings, La Ve Lee, Playboy Jazz-Fest in Los Angeles. Idyllwild Jazz festival, New York, New Orleans, Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, Brazil, Tahiti, Hawaii, Germany and Scandinavia on her list of venues.
The second album "The Point of no Return" was released in 2004 and shortly after, in 2006, Catarina won the "Southern California Music Awards" in the category "Best Jazz solo artist".
In 2010, Portland, Oregon became her new home and Catarina has since been awarded "Jazz musician of the month" by the magazine Oregon Jazz scene, in July 2012.
Catarina's third album was released in Portland (2014) with her new band "Brazilian Touch" Her music features both high lights from the Brazilian Jazz repertoire and her own originals. Catarina's music is melodic, rhythmical and full of intimate expressions.