Joan Cartwright, M.A.
President & CEO

“If you need to know, we’ll find out!”

Joan Cartwright is an explosive jazz and blues singer, composer and lecturer. She's performed in for 30 years. Joan sings her own songs and those of Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Jobim and the standard composers. She is an extraordinary performer who can enchant any audience anywhere!

Her debut CD, "Feelin' Good" features Giovanni Mazzarino (p), Nello Toscano (b), Mimmo Cafiero (d) and Oracio Maugeri (sax). The CD was first released in 1995, on Tireno Records in Milan, then released in the U.S. on Joan's label, I AM Records in 1998.

Jazz Giants

Dare to be prosperous, joyful and peaceful! ~ Love, Light and Music, Diva JC

   pursuitfrontcover.jpg (68975 bytes)   IN PURSUIT
    OF A MELODY    FEELIN' GOOD                              

Joan Cartwright has toured five continents and 16 countries including the U.S.A., eight European countries, Jamaica, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, China and Japan, with her swinging brand of jazz and blues.

She is a composer and her book, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY contains 40 songs and lyrics to standard songs: "A Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie, "Blue Bossa" by Kenny Dorham, "Tune Up" by Miles Davis and "Bessie's Blues" by John Coltrane. 

Joan's book also contains two lectures that she's given to over 8,000 children and college students, in U.S., Switzerland, Sicily, China and Japan: WOMEN IN JAZZ and SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SINGER? Her workshops are dynamic and educational, highlighting the pitfalls and benefits of the music business. She contends that, "Knowing music theory is a step in the right direction for any singer who truly wants to excel in the world of music!"

Diva JC names any ensemble of musicians she works with "Jazz Hotline" because the music swings and it's always HOT! Her most famous Blues are "Nobody's Husband", "OH, Baby!"  and "Treat Me Right And You Don't Have To Marry Me".

Joan is the founder of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC., a non-profit dedicated to promoting Women in Jazz, locally, nationally and globally, through contacts, articles, interviews, newsletters, events, courses, clinics, workshops, lectures, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, concerts, performances and recognition.


Diva Joan Cartwright
    celebrates Women in Jazz Diva Joan Cartwright is a 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 piano, composition and theory with pianist Gerald Price, and harp with Caliope Proios. She also studied ballet and modern dance with Bernice Johnson and Lavern Porter, and African dance with Dinizulu. 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). She's performed at Ellington's (Sanibel Island, FL) and JAZID (Miami Beach) in the U.S., and in eight European countries. She is the recipient of $15,000 in SEAS Grant (1997-00) for her presentation of WOMEN IN JAZZ at elementary schools in Broward County, Florida, to over 5,000 children and college students. 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:

  1. Women in Jazz
  2. Jazzmen
  3. The Sign of The Blues
  4. Jazz: The Unmasked Rhetoric
  5. The Cultural Politics of Commercial Jazz
  6. 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 legendary 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.

Her column Inside Europe in African American Travel, the nation’s premier magazine for black travelers, covers 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.

In 1998, Joan co-produced and co-hosted the cable show, Let’s Get Serious, with Ruth “Silky” Waters. This Miami talk show presents 36 positive role models for youth from all walks of life including politics, education, the arts and business.

Joan designs websites for various clients. She writes grant proposals and develops programs for The Children’s Coalition, Inc., West Palm Beach. In 2001, she'll be Editor-in-Chief of Believe & Achieve, The magazine from and for youth.

About the artist. . .

This Sagittarian from New York City has a
Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Music
LaSalle University, Philadelphia
Master’s in Communications
Florida Atlantic University

Joan studied piano, composition and theory in Philadelphia with pianist Gerald Price, and harp with Caliope Proios.

She studied ballet and modern dance with
BERNICE JOHNSON (right), in NYC and Lavern Porter in Tampa. She took 2 years of African Dance with Nigerian Master Dinizulu at Queens College.
For 10 years, she taught children dance
at community centers in Philadelphia,
Tampa, Deerfield Beach
and San Francisco.

Ms. Cartwright performed extensively on stage,
television and radio in the U.S.A., at the Blue Note and Freddie's (NYC)
She's better known in South Florida and in Europe

Erny’s in Delray Beach

O'Hara's, Fort Lauderdale

Riverwalk Sunday Jazz Brunch (Fort Lauderdale)
Hemingway’s (Hollywood)

and throughout Europe (1990-1998)

TV PRODUCER - "Let's Get Serious"

Director of Program Development

The Children’s Coalition, Inc.
West Palm Beach


March 14-16, 1998
First Annual Gaiafest
A celebration of Mother Earth with Women in Jazz
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Featuring legendary vocalists
Dakota Staton and Ruth “Silky” Waters

and the

Gaia All-Stars
Kim Clark (bass)
Bertha Hope (piano)
Bernice Brooks (drums)
Pamela Williams (sax)

In September, Gaiafest was produced in the Bronx, New York
October 1999, it will be in Florida for the second time.
Ultimately, Gaiafest will travel around the world!


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Tyrone Brown
Bobby Durham
Pete Minger
Sandy Patton
Billy Marcus
Robin Kenyatta
Dusko Goykovitch
Gianni Basso
Franco Cerri

EUROPEAN TOUR (1990-1998)







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Updated: 05/08/2011