WIJSF News November 2022

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Keynote Speaker Joan Cartwright on Thursday, November 10, 2022 @ 10 a.m. EST

Keynote: Who gives voice to diversity in jazz?

Dr Joan Cartwright is a renowned veteran of the Jazz and Blues stage for 40+ years. She is a vocalist, composer, and author of several books, including her memoir with touring and teaching experiences, and was honoured as the first Lady Jazz Master by Black Women in Jazz Awards in Atlanta, GA, in 2014. Her titles include Amazing MusicwomenSo You Want To Be A Singer? and A History of African American Jazz and Blues with interviews of Quincy Jones, Dewey Redman, Lester Bowie, among other jazz musicians and aficionados.

In 2007, she founded Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., a non-profit organization to promote women musicians. In 2022, the organization released its 8th CD of women composers. Dr Cartwright hosts MUSICWOMAN Radio, featuring women who compose and perform their own music at BlogTalkRadio, has two personal CDs Feelin’ Good and In Pursuit of a Melody, and featured as an actor in Last Man and The Siblings, two sitcoms produced by MJTV Network. In June 2022, she decide to incorporate Musicwoman Archive and Cultural Center in North Carolina to preserve the music of women composers and instrumentalists.

WIJSF News October 2022

This month, we share the interview of Dr. Joan Cartwright by Fiona Ross, founder of Women in Jazz Media and our 411th member. You can listen on Spotify and visit her website:

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WIJSF News June 2020

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Rest in Peace Gloria Dennard

Founder of Manna House Workshops, in 1967,  that began as a monthly coffee house in the basement of Ascension Church in East Harlem. Music became the major focus and the workshops were moved to a storefront, where economically disadvantaged neighbors could be served. Her staff consisted of two administrators and fourteen instructors.

Gloria DeNard





Amazing Musicwomen Lecture

Thanks to Old Dillard Foundation for partnering with Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. for this program:

Thanks to Howard Mandel and Laurie Dapice for honoring me as a 2019 JJA Jazz Hero. Thanks to Brian Zimmerman, Digital Editor of Jazziz Magazine for presenting the award. Thanks to Marika Guyton for organizing the award ceremony. Photo: Gregory Reed