1. Toshiko Akiyoshi
    2. Geri Allen
    3. Andrews Sisters
    4. Angela Andrews
    5. Lil Harden Armstrong
    6. Dorothy Ashby
    7. Pearl Bailey
    8. Beverly Barkley
    9. Karen Briggs
    10. Suzanne Brooks
    11. Ruth Brown
    12. Blanche Calloway
    13. Diane Cameron
    14. Betty Carter
    15. Joan Cartwright
    16. Kim Clarke
    17. Gloria Coleman
    18. Alice Coltrane
    19. Sasha Daltonn
    20. Dorothy Donegan
    21. Ella Fitzgerald
    22. Gloria Galante
    23. Rita Graham
    24. Jace Harnage
    25. Billie Holiday
    26. Bertha Hope
    27. Shirley Horn
    28. Lena Horne
    29. Alberta Hunter
    30. Jus' Cynthia
    31. Sandra Kaye
    32. Emme Kemp
    33. Vinnie Knight
    34. Lavelle
    35. Peggy Lee
    36. Abbey Lincoln
    37. Melba Liston
    38. Gloria Lynne
    39. Tania Maria
    40. Marian McPartland
    41. Carmen McRae
    42. Mabel Mercer
    43. M'zuri
    44. Sandy Patton
    45. Trudy Pitts
    46. Cheryl Porter
    47. Shirley Scott
    48. Nina Simone
    49. Bessie Smith
    50. Dakota Staton
    51. Carol Sudhalter
    52. Monnette Sudler
    53. Sarah Vaughn
    54. Dinah Washington
    55. Ethel Waters
    56. Mary Lou Williams





Joan Cartwright

Born on December 7, 1947, in Kew Gardens, New York, Joan Cartwright began singing at the age of 4. She studied piano with Gerald Price and harp with Caliope Proios, in Philadelphia. 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.

Her 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 those of Ellington, Miles Davis, 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), O’Hara’s and Riverwalk Sunday Jazz Brunch (Fort Lauderdale), Ellington's (Sanibel Island, FL) and JAZID (Miami Beach) in the U.S., and in eight European countries.

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 $15,000 in SEAS Grants (1999-2001) for her presentation of WOMEN IN JAZZ at Broward County Schools, in 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 on: Women in Jazz and The Cultural Politics of Commercial Jazz. The Business of Music: So, You Want To Be A Singer?

Joan is Artist-in-Residence for the 2007 Pan African Bookfest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

To book Joan's WOMEN IN JAZZ Workshop, email her at: divajc47@yahoo.com 


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Joan Cartwright, M.A., President


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