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Jazz HotlineJoan Cartwright is a native New Yorker. She’s been singing since the tender age of 4, in front of large audiences. She is a composer, lyricist, lecturer and dynamic performer. She was commissioned to write The Census Blues in 2000. Joan has worked with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Philly Joe Jones and Freddie Hubbard who recorded her composition, Sweet Return, in 1983. She’s been a bandleader for 22 years. Joan has performed at the Blue Note (NY), Jazid (Miami), O’Hara’s (Fort Lauderdale) and Hemingway’s (Hollywood). She toured Europe from 1990 to 1998. Her CD, Feelin’ Good, was recorded in Sicily, in 1995, with the Giovanni Mazzarino Quartet. In 1998, Joan founded Gaiafest, Women in Jazz and produces workshops, lectures and concerts, annually. Website:

Dave Hubbard from Maryland, began playing sax at 13, with the Baltimore Municipal Band. He’s worked with Maxine Brown, Gary Bartz, Joe Chambers, Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Dorham, Roy Haynes, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Lonnie Liston Smith. He composes and arranges, and has over 50 recordings on Mainstream, Atlantic, RCA, Columbia, Blue Note and Sybarite Records, with Les McCann, Joe Jones, Charles Earland and George Benson. In New York, Dave played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Village Vanguard, Village Gate, Minton’s, Halfnote, Count Basie’s, Fat Tuesdays, Blue Note and Actor’s Theater Workshop. Website:
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Yoel Hyman is from Elizabeth, New Jersey. He studied piano, composition and arranging at the Manhattan School of Music. He’s worked with John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Frank Foster, Rosanna Vitro, Donna Allen and Nicole McCloud.

Alex Berti is from Venezuela. He is a bass virtuoso and has composed for and played with the Venezuelan Symphony, One Hundred and One String Orchestra and Miami Symphony. He came to the U.S. on a full scholarship to FSU in Tallahassee. Also to his credit are jingles with Chuchito Sanoja for TV, radio and cinema. He’s toured Europe, South America and the United States.

Kevin Dewberry is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He’s played drums since the age of 9, and began playing professionally in 1985, with Spectrum, a trio from Morris Brown College. Kevin backed up Marlena Shaw, Peabo Bryson, Phyllis Hyman and Isaac Hayes. He’s freelanced with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Najee, Alice Day, Tony Bishop, Mark Murphy, Ira Sullivan and Eddie Higgins.

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