In 1995, a musician referred to her as a diva. She liked that. She felt it. By 1998, she accepted the title Diva JC and the rest is herstory. Doctoral Candidate Joan Cartwright has been on stage for decades. She loves to sing and her audiences have been innumerable.
On March 7, 2015, a dear friend and fellow author Mirthell Bayliss Bazemore referred to the Diva as The Godmother of Jazz.
It fit. It felt good, so Joan Cartwright decided that this is her story and she’s sticking to it! www.drdivajc.com.
Diva JC is the Godmother of Jazz. Listen to the archive of 200+ interviews she’s hosted since 2008 on BlogTalkRadio as Musicwoman.
Visit the non-profit organizations’ website: Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., which Joan founded in 2007, to promote women musicians, globally. And Joan’s Jazzwomen Directory.
Read her books on Amazing Musicwomen, In Pursuit of a Melody, and A History of African American Jazz and Blues, with excerpts on Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach, and interviews with Dewey Redman, Lester Bowie, and Quincy Jones.
Listen to her music at iTunes: Joan Cartwright, Jazz, Blues, Reggae