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[January 3, 2018 - Delray Beach, FL] The Crest Theater at Old School Square in Delray Beach, FL, will present Billie The Musical, starring Mimi Johnson (writer and producer), Rita Graham, Vannessa Stover, and Nadine Bone.  This stage play tells the story of Eleanor Fagan in her early years before she became the infamous jazz vocalist Billie Holiday. The play is scheduled for one performance on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office (561) 243-7922.

The play is co-produced by Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes women musicians, globally. For more information visit the websites and 


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On Friday, August 29, 2014 at 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. Joan Cartwright, Founder of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. will speak at the street naming ceremony of Dinah Washington Way at 3800 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL. This will be an herstorical day for a legendary woman who gave so much to America's only original art form Jazz and Blues, organized by Alvin Carter-bey, The Impresario of Jazz on WHPK 88.5 FM.
On Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Joan Cartwright will do a book signing and reading from two of her 11 books at the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637. For information, call 773-947-0600 Ext. 273.
September 24 - 28, 2014 Joan Cartwright will present her paper Blues Women: The First Civil Rights Workers at the 99th Annual Convention of the Association of the Study of African American Life and History , in Memphis, TN. Cartwright will participate in the Authors Book Signing event on Thursday, September 25 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m..

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Black singers emerged from Spirituals and Blues to develop Jazz. Their free-spirited songs delivered messages of liberation, signaling to Africans in America that they could be free. This paper discusses how Blues women were the first civil rights workers because their songs symbolized liberty in its rawest form by tapping into the human spirit.

Joan Cartwright is a renowned veteran of the Jazz and Blues stage for 35+ years. She is a vocalist, composer, and author of 11 books, including her memoir, In Pursuit of a Melody, and her touring and teaching experiences in 16 countries, poetry, women in music, and the Business of Music available at her book store. Her titles include Amazing Musicwomen, So You Want To Be A Singer? and A History of African American Jazz and Blues with interviews with Quincy Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Dewey Redman, Lester Bowie, and other noted Jazz musicians and aficionados. Joan holds a B.A. in Music and Communication from LaSalle University, in Philadelphia, PA; an M.A. in Communications from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, and she is pursuing a DBA in Business Marketing at Northcentral University, Arizona.

In 2007, Joan founded Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to promote women musicians, globally. In 2014, WIJSF released its 4th compilation CD of 10 fabulous female composers. Joan hosts a weekly Internet radio show MUSICWOMAN at, featuring women who compose and perform their own music and men who support them. Joan has two CDs – Feelin’ Good and In Pursuit of a Melody. Also, through WIJSF, Joan produced four compilation CDs (2011 – 2014) with 10 songs each from members of the organization. Joan performs in concert and lectures around the nation and the world. In 2014, Joan was honored as the first Lady Jazz Master by

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Amazing Musicwomen is a staged concert, using biographies, songs, and a multi-media presentation, to chronicle the lives of women who wrote and performed blues and jazz music, including Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, Lil Harding Armstrong, Mary Lou Williams, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, and others. Selections include compositions of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Cole Porter, Norman Mapp and Joan Cartwright. Presented by Women In Jazz South Florida, Inc.

To book the Amazing Musicwomen Ensemble, send email to or call 954-730-3398


Saturday, February 2, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m., at the Bienes Center for the Arts, located at 2801 SW 12th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. will present Amazing Musicwomen Ensemble telling the stories of women in jazz and blues in America. Click this link for tickets. Scroll down to Amazing Musicwomen.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 2-4 p.m. at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, FL, the Amazing Musicwomen Ensemble telling the stories of women in jazz and blues in America. Tickets are available at the box office. For details go to this link.


The mission of WIJSF is to promote women musicians, globally.

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