Diva Joan Cartwright
is a Sagittarian from New
York City. She has a B.A. in Communications and Music from LaSalle
University, in 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 performed at
Ellington's (Sanibel Island, FL) and JAZID
(Miami Beach) in the U.S. She toured five continents and 15 countries including the
is a composer and author of nine books. Joan is the only woman in the world
with a Jazz and Blues song book, the JOAN CARTWRIGHT SONG
BOOK. Her first
book, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY contains 350
photographs, 35 poems, 40 songs and lyrics to standard songs: "A
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 "I
Don’t Want 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 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes 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.
She is the recipient of a $15,000+ in SEAS Grant (1999) for her presentation of WOMEN IN JAZZ at elementary schools in Broward County, Florida, to thousands of children and college students. Her research paper, The Sign of The Blues, was published in the 1993 IAJE Research Papers Journal. She lived in ATLANTA for 3 years, where she completed her book, and now lives in FORT LAUDERDALE. She is the founder and executive director of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. and she offers lectures around the country and the world on: