Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Cartwright, Joe (Joseph L. Cartwright)
Cartwright, Joe [Joseph L. Cartwright], piano; b. Kansas City, KS, 29 December 1954. He grew up in Leavenworth, KS, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, May 1987. He has been house pianist at Phillips House Hotel (1981-1987), house pianist at Alameda Plaza Hotel (1987-1988), musical director, City Light Jazz Club (1988-1991), musical director, Ritz Carlton Hotel (1991-1997) and musical director, Trumpets Restaurant & Jazz Club. He has led the Joe Cartwright Trio and Quartet as well as the Musa Nova Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Cartwright has performed at the University of Nebraska, University of Oklahoma, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Smithsonian Institute, Capitol Jazz Fest, Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, Hot Springs Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Cool Cats Jazz Fest, and Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C).
He has performed with jazz notables Max Roach, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, David Samuels, Claude 'Fiddler' Williams, Richie Cole and vocalists Jimmy Witherspoon, Sheila Jordan , Mel Torme, Kevin Mahogany and Karrin Allyson. He has also performed in concert with the Kansas City Symphony.
The Joe Cartwright Trio featured in performance at Expo 92 in Seville, Spain as representatives of Kansas City Jazz and in Hong-Kong as part of the change-over celebration on June 30, 1997. He toured Africa in the fall of 1998 as part of the USIA Jazz Ambassador Touring Program.
Triplicity (also producer, composer, arranger) (1990); Musa Nova: Musa Nova (also producer, composer, arranger) (1995)
Richard Ross Trio: Richard Ross Trio (1985); Queen Bey: Comin' Thru (1987);
City Light Jazz Ensemble: Big City, Bright Lights (1988); Karrin Allyson: I Didn't Know About You (1993); Angela Hagenbach: Come Fly With Me (also producer) (1994), Feel the Magic (also producer) (1996); City Light Orchestra: Kansas City Live (1996); Lisa Henry: Jam Session (1996)
Semi-finalist, First Annual Thelonius Monk Jazz Piano Competition, Washington, D.C., 1987.;
Finalist, Jacksonville Jazz Festival Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Jacksonville, Florida, 1985;
Recipient, Victor Wilson Scholarship for Academic Excellence, UMKC,
Winner, Missouri Music Teachers Classical Piano Competition, ndergraduate Division, 1987.