Jazz vocalist Joan Cartwright, was born on December 7, 1947, in New York City, has a B.A. in Communications and Music from LaSalle University, (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's performed at Ellington's (Sanibel Island, FL) and Jazid (Miami Beach) , and in eight European countries and has toured five continents and 15 countries including the U.S.A., Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, China and Japan, with her swinging brand of jazz and blues.
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.
Joan's book also contains two lectures that she's given to over 5,000 children and college students, in U.S., Switzerland, Sicily, China and Japan: "Women in Jazz" and "So, You Want To Be a Singer?". Her 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!”
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”.
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.
Reference - AAJ