Monday, February 22, 2010

Discography of Joan Cartwright

Jazz and Blues composer, vocalist and performer Joan Cartwright is a 30+ year veteran of the stage. She's composer over 60 songs, 35 poems and published nine books. She's traveled to 15 countries on five continents and sung for the Duke of Marlboro, the Duchess of Kent, one of the seven presidents of Switzerland and for the American Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. She's taught thousands of students about Women in Jazz and Blues in the U.S., Europe, China and Japan.

In pursuit of a melody, Joan Cartwright has written over 60 songs. Eleven of them are recorded on two CDs:

  1. Feelin' Good (1995) recorded with the Giovanni Mazzarino Quartet in Catania, Sicily. The first release was on Tireno Records that closed shop the following year. Joan reproduced the CD in Florida and released it on her own label, I AM Records, through her company FYI Communications, Inc. The original songs on the CD are: No Love, Loneliblue, Dreamin' and Nobody's Husband.
  2. In Pursuit of a Melody (2005) a compilation of music recorded from 1983 to 2005. The original songs on this CD are: Sweet Return (2 versions: solo piano by Joan and the one by Freddie Hubbard on Atlantic Records in 1983), In Studio, Marylou's Lession, Delray Blues, Talkin' That Jazz, Jazz Hotline and the rendition of A Night In Tunisia composed by Dizzy Gillespie with lyrics by Joan Cartwright.

In 2010, Joan will release her third CD, Melodic Memories with several of her original blues compositions including: A Sweet Lovin' Man and Champagne Blues, arranged by trumpeter Arthur Wilson, formerly with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Bobby Blue Bland.

Joan's CDs are available at:

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Books by Diva JC

Joan Cartwright's first book, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY was published in 2006 by Trafford Publishing in soft cover. This book is a compilation of Joan's memoirs as a veteran jazz and blues performer, poetry, songs and lectures.

In 2009, Joan published the book on in hard cover. Also, she broke the book out into four other books:

  1. Amazing Musicwomen that documents the lives of 40 women in jazz and blues
  2. So, You Want To Be A Singer? A manual for up-and-coming Divas, musicians and composers
  3. GaiaMind Poems - a collection of over 35 poems
  4. Joan Cartwright Song Book - a collection of 41 original musical compositions

By the end of 2009, Joan published three other books:

  1. Rhythms of The Heart - 12 love poems

  2. The Moon, Sunshowers, Rainbows and Whipped Cream Clouds - Spiritual journey

  3. Songs For My Children - Four children's songs

All of Joan's books are available at in soft and hard cover.

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Diva JC performs in Feb and March

Diva JC is the guest of the American Embassy
February 23-26, 2010
Kingston, Jamaica


Saturday, March 4, 2010 @ 7-9 p.m.

94-15 159th Street, Jamaica, NY 11433

Saturday, March 6, 2010 @ 2-4 p.m.

Langston Hughes Library
100-01 Northern Boulevard
Corona, NY 11368

Sunday, March 7, 2010 @ 4 - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 @ 6 - 7 p.m.

2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
(133-134 St.)
New York, NY 10030

Presented by

The 8th Annual
Women's Month Jazz Festival

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