Keynote Speaker

In partnership with Jazz Heritage Wales, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will host the fourth Documenting Jazz Conference from 9 to 12 November in Swansea, supported by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) and Brecon Jazz. 

The conference will be held at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, and will focus on the theme of diversity and aims to create an interdisciplinary forum which is both inclusive and wide-ranging for sharpening awareness, sharing studies and experiences, and focusing the debate on distinct aspects of diversity in jazz today.

Joan Cartwright presented on Thursday, November 10 @ 11 a.m. EST

If you missed my speech, read the paper I wrote.

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 honored 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. Books are available at

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.

Cartwright is the editor of Musicwoman Magazine and Musicman Magazine.

Read her paper:

Francesco Martinelli

(Re)examining diversity throughout the jazz historiography

Francesco Martinelli is a jazz promoter, journalist, lecturer, translator and author. He is the author of magazine articles and monographs about Evan Parker, Joëlle Léandre and Mario Schiano. Since 1999 he has taught the history of jazz and related subjects at the Siena Jazz Foundation courses and in other conservatories in Italy. Martinelli has lectured at NYU, Wesleyan and Columbia Universities in the USA, at Bilgi and ITU in Istanbul, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and many other institutions. His primary research interests include the history of jazz in Italy, jazz relationships with visual arts, traditional musics from the Near East, discography, and the preservation and restoration of sound carriers.

Martinelli is currently a consultant for the Izmir European Jazz Festival and Director of the Arrigo Polillo Center for Jazz Studies in Siena, Italy’s most important jazz archive. He has translated over 10 reference jazz books into Italian and is a contributor to Rough Guide to Turkish Music and recently edited The History of European Jazz The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context (Equinox, 2018).

Read Cartwright’s paper:

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