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FROM: Joan Cartwright,, 954-740-3398

On Friday, May 2, 2014, from 6-9 p.m., Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards will honor WIJSF Founder Joan Cartwright at its inaugural event at the Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA. Tickets are available at Rialto Box Office or call 404-413-9849.

Also, the WIJSF Music Collection IV is in the TOP 4 Nominees for Best Black Female Jazz Record. Please VOTE before deadline on April 21, 2014. You may also vote for WIJSF members Joyce Spencer, Gail Jhonson, Mimi Johnson, Joan Cartwright, Shana Tucker, Teja Lanise, TC Eckstein, Toni Byrd, and Ragan Whiteside.

To donate to the success of this event go to GoFundMe and join the FB page at Black Women in Jazz on Facebook


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. We continue to promote the upcoming INTERNATIONAL MUSICWOMEN FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE scheduled for October 9-13, 2013. All members of the press are encouraged to cover this monumental event.

WIJSF and the South Florida Symphony have joined forces to organize the INTERNATIONAL MUSICWOMEN FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE that will take place at The Atlantic Resort & Spa, 601 Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.

It will attract 250 professional women composers and instrumentalists from around the world. Also partnering with WIJSF and the South Florida Symphony are International Women in Jazz (NY), Instrumental Women (CA), Women in Jazz (TX) and Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica in Rome, Italy.

Early registration ($250) is open and will end on May 18, 2013, when the registration fee will increase to $350. We have garnered the support of ASCAP, FtLaudi-Gras, and other organizations dedicated to music production and the music of women.

Please contact Joan Cartwright by phone: 954-740-3398 or email:

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