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Cartwright, Joan

Cartwright, Joan, singer, composer, lecturer; b. Kew Gardens, Queens, NY, 7 December 1947. She's performed in the U.S. for 25 years and in Europe since 1990. Joan sings her own songs and those of Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Jobim and the standard composers. This Sagittarian from New York City has a B.A. in Communications and Music from LaSalle University, (Philadelphia) and a Master's in Communications from Florida Atlantic University. Joan studied ballet and modern dance with Bernice Johnson and Lavern Porter, and African dance with Dinizulu. She studied piano, composition and theory with pianist Gerald Price, and harp with Caliope Proios.

She's performed on television, radio and on stage at the Blue Note (NYC), The "A" Train and Erny's (Delray Beach), O'Hara's, Promenade and Riverwalk Sunday Jazz Brunch (Fort Lauderdale). When not performing, Joan designs websites for fine artists and other clients. She writes grant proposals and develops programs for The Children's Coalition, Inc., West Palm Beach.

She performs weekly at Ellington's Jazz Cabaret in Florida, and in Europe, during the summer. She is the recipient of a SEAS Grant for her presentation of Women In Jazz at schools in Broward County, Florida. Her research paper, The Sign of The Blues, was published in the 1993 IAJE Research Papers Journal. She offers lectures around the country and at Broward Community College (FL) on Women in Jazz, Jazzmen, The Sign of The Blues, Jazz: The Unmasked Rhetoric, The Cultural Politics of Commercial Jazz and The Business of Music: So, You Want To Be A Singer?

Her interviews for Entertainment News & Views, include Dr. Billy Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Lonnie Liston Smith and Sun Ra. She interviewed Quincy Jones and Abby Lincoln for her Master's thesis, The Cultural Politics of Commercial Jazz. Joan's original music is published by Fuzz Goodbuddy Publications (BMI).

Joan produced the First Annual Gaiafest, "A celebration of Mother Earth with Women in Jazz", in March 1998, featuring vocalists Dakota Staton and Ruth "Silky" Waters, and the Gaia All-Stars with Kim Clark (b), Bertha Hope (p), Bernice Brooks (d) and Pamela Williams (sax). In September 1998 and 1999, it was produced in the Bronx, New York. Gaiafest also will be held in New York, in 2000. Ultimately, Gaiafest will travel around the world.

In her column Inside. . . in Travel & Style Magazine, the nation's premier magazine for travelers of color Joan has covered Italy, Switzerland, England, Germany and Barcelona. She's written numerous articles for The Westside Gazette, In Focus Magazine and Pick Up & GO!, an environmental newsletter, and her company, FYI Communications, Inc., is a clearinghouse for these publications and for fine art.

She continues to promote and produce programs for Women in Jazz 2004.

(http://www.fyicomminc.com/jazzwomen/womeninjazz.htm) and her Jazzquest Lectures on Women in Jazz (http://www.fyicomminc.com/lecture.html).

Feelin' Good (1995)

Contact information:
Joan Cartwright, M.A.
President & CEO
2644 Graywall Street
East Point, GA 30344

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