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In the spirit of celebrating those who embody the phrase "The Body I Was Born To Be In" I am spotlighting one person a day, until the single is officially released, who represent, to me, someone living as their most honest and true self. And killing it in the meantime!!

Today I choose Diva Joan Cartwright. If you want to put it simply, Joan is a brilliant jazz singer who has performed with many of the greats. But there's nothing simple about her, as she is so much more thanthat. Joan is a fervent advocate for women in music. She has spearheaded such organizations as Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., has a podcast featuring women in music, and puts out a monthly newsletter promoting the gigs/releases/events of the members of WIJSF. I first met Joan when I worked at Laffing Matterz in Fort Lauderdale. She sang at the piano and I was in awe. She then complimented me on my singing and encouraged me to keep it up. Not long after, she showed up at one of my gigs at Blue Jean Blues. I was so humbled and grateful that she chose to come see me perform. Whether she even knew it or not, those interactions gave me the boost in confidence I needed to take the plunge and start Long Lost Friend, with drummer, Walt Brewer. Several years later Joan graciously had me as a guest on her podcast to talk about The Journey: A New Indie Musical, the musical created from the music of Long Lost Friend and my other compositions, when we were mounting our first concert production with Outre Theatre Company in Boca Raton, and in those 30 minutes she promoted the show, encouraged me and my efforts in music and theatre and educated me on some other facets of the business that I'd been lacking in. Joan Cartwright's voice is a powerful one. She knows who she is, she owns who she is, she thrives in who she is, and she empowers others through who she is. And, I, for one, am honored to know her.


Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.

Musician/Band - Jazz, Blues, Reggae, World, Classical

Joan was the only composer from the U.S.A. at the 3rd WIMUST Conference, July 4-7, 2013, in Fiuggi, Italy, and guest of Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica


On December 7, 2010, I gazed at the smiling faces of my friends surrounding me with character and love. Friends reflect who you are. They are the birds in the flock you fly with. You soar with friends in dreams that they reflect have come true. ~ Diva JC

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            Diva JC

Foremost authority on Women in Jazz


Founder + Executive Director

Joan Cartwright is one of the best vocal musicians, songwriters in our country today and some of the songs written by her will some day be Anthems for us to live by. -- SK


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The Colors Of Music - Debut Show Featuring Talented Singers and Musicians on

ABOUT DIVA JC - Joan Cartwright (December 7, 1947) is an American author and jazz, blues and pop singer and songwriter. From 2006 to 2009, she published nine books. She is the subject of an article published in the Fondazione Adkins- Chiti Women in Jazz Donne in Jazz. Her first recorded composition was ''Sweet Return'' [Atlantic Records] in 1983, with Freddie Hubbard on flugelhorn and the Kool-Jazz All-Stars. The next four original compositions were recorded on her debut CD, ''Feelin' Good'' {Tireno Records 1995), produced in Catania, Sicily with the Giovanni Mazzarino Quartet. Six original compositions were released, in on her sophomore CD ''In Pursuit of a Melody'' (I AM Records 2006). Both CDs can be heard at and 

jc-wij-miramar.jpg (64631 bytes)In 2007, Joan founded Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization that promotes women musicians, globally, through events, concerts, performances, clinics, lectures, workshops, articles, interviews, newsletters, courses, contacts, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, and recognition. The organization is part of the Florida Jazz Network and has an archive of two years of online radio shows, documenting the music of female composers and males who support them in their musical endeavors. Joan produces community concerts with resident and national musicians and students from area schools. In 2010, she produced the Lauderhill Jazz Jam, Jamaica Hill Jazz Jam, Community Musicwomen and Amazing Musicwomen.

Joan began singing at the age of 4. She studied piano with Gerald Price and harp with Caliope Proios, in Philadelphia. In grammar school, she played tenor drum in the St. Clement Pope Marching and Maneuvering Band that won the State Championship, during her participation. Joan sang in the choir in elementary school and was a member of her high school glee club. She studied dance from the age of 4 to 8 with Bernice Johnson, wife of famed tenor saxophonist Budd Johnson. At Queens College, she studied dance with Nigerian dancer and drummer, Dinizulu, for two years. For 10 years, she taught Creative Dance to youngsters at community centers in Tampa and Deerfield Beach, FL, at The Gathering in San Francisco, CA and at Communiversity of LaSalle College, in Philadelphia, PA, where she completed her B.A. in Music and Communications. in 1984, Joan relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she sang in most of the venues for jazz and appeared in numerous jazz and blues festivals from Jupiter to Miami, Florida.

An explosive jazz and blues singer, composer and educator, Joan Cartwright performs with her band Jazz Hotline, in the U.S. for 30 years and in Europe since 1990. In 2006, she toured Japan and China, where she was the first American Jazz singer in the city of Tianjin.


Joan Cartwright has toured five continents and 16 countries including the U.S.A., eight European countries, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, China and Japan, with her swinging brand of jazz and blues. She's performed at the Blue Note in NYC and held long-term gigs at O'Hara's, Pier 66 and Christine's in Fort Lauderdale; Ellington's in Hollywood; Ellington's Jazz Bar on Sanibel Island, Jazid in South Beach, and Erny's in Delray Beach, Florida. In Europe, she performed at Harry's NY Bar (Montreux Palace) and Duke's Bar (Hyatt) in Montreux and Janus Club (Beau Rivage) in Lausanne, Switzerland; La Cova Del Drac and La Boite in Barcelona, Spain; CJW Club, Shanghai, and Brady's Pub, Tianjin, China. 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".

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.  Her song, "Sweet Return" was recorded by Freddie Hubbard and the Kool Jazz All-Stars of 1983, on Atlantic Records.

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: AMAZING MUSICWOMEN and SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SINGER?  (The Business of Music). Her interactive 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!"

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.

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Joan's composition, Sweet Return, was recorded by Freddie Hubbard and the Kool Jazz All-Stars of 1983, on Atlantic Records. Joan is the only other composer in the Freddie Hubbard Song Book. Joan sings her own songs and an lyrics she wrote to music by Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Kenny Dorham, and songs by Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Jobim and the standard composers.

An extraordinary performer, Joan enchants any audience anywhere! She co-produced her debut CD, "Feelin' Good", with Giovanni Mazzarino in Sicily, Italy. Joan has performed on television, radio and on stage at the Blue Note (NYC), Riverwalk Sunday Jazz Brunch (Fort Lauderdale), Ellington's (Sanibel Island, FL) and JAZID (Miami Beach) in the U.S., and in

IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY contains Joan's memoirs, photos, poetry, lectures and 40 original compositions. It is published by Trafford Publishing, in Canada. Her CD, by the same name, was first released in Atlanta, GA, in 2006. The official edition will be released in April 2007.

Cartwright is the recipient of several SEAS Grants (1997-2012) for her presentation of AMAZING MUSICWOMEN at Broward Schools, in Florida, to over 10,000 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 on: Amazing Musicwomen and The Cultural Politics of Commercial Jazz and The Business of Music: So, You Want To Be A Singer?

Joan's videos  |  San Vito Jazz Festival 1994

Artist-in-Residence for the 2007 Pan African Bookfest in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Book WOMEN IN JAZZ Workshop, email:

Joan Cartwright, M.A., President, FYI COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

View TALKIN' THAT JAZZ and all of Joan's videos online