March Winds

If a rainy day in March is required to appreciate the sunshine, I will accept being out in one. That happened on Friday, so, I’m set for the rest of the year. I was at the High Museum on a cold, drizzly day for the Jazz.

Now, the day before and the day after were so sunny! But the day I had to go out was rainy. Is that a choice or just my ignorance about the weather report? The concert was crowded and no seats were to be found, until some people left. The trio was pianist Madoka Oshima, Chris Burroughs on drums, and Craig Shaw on bass. The one thing I can say about this place is that it is not user-friendly for seniors and the disabled. I suppose now is the time to refrain from going to large, sprawling buildings like this. Aging is not for punks but most large, municipal buildings are not welcoming to seniors.

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:

I’m Impressed

I’m impressed! My dissertation has been annotated by Justin Rogers

Cartwright, Joan. “Women in Jazz: Music Publishing and Marketing.” DBA diss., Northcentral University, 2017.

This dissertation by Joan Cartwright explores, through a case study, the business practices of a select group of twenty women in the jazz industry. The dissertation is broken into five primary sections: an overview of the mechanics and background associated with the case study, a literature review encompassing the general mechanics of the jazz industry, her research method, the findings of the case study, and further implications of the results found in the study. Its relevance to potential applications for a centralized marketplace is primarily present through the literature review Cartwright includes in the dissertation. This section explores differences in business models, pricings, branding, and distribution. Although much of Cartwright’s dissertation strays away from asserting a centralized publishing marketplace, her analysis of business models in the jazz industry is still relevant to the area, and provides critical insight. Cartwright’s need for a full analysis of different aspects in the jazz business model is central to her dissertation with regard to her advocacy for an even playing field between male and female jazz musicians. As a result, this analysis is unparalleled with other sources in this list.

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This qualitative case study explored women jazz musicians and earning as music publishers. It examined business practices of 20 women in jazz in the U.S., between 30 and 64, who compose and publish jazz mu-sic. Variables were education, number of songs composed, incorporation, affiliation with royalty organiza-tions, and how they used marketing, branding, promotion, and advertisement. Participants discussed finan-cial challenges resulting from gender and age discrimination. Focus was on business tactics for operations and marketing that affected the professional careers of women jazz musicians. Best business practices were explored for women musicians in jazz and guidelines for young women entering the industry. Suggestions were made for how private corporations and governments could be more inclusive of women’s music through programming and grant-making, and recommendations for future research and policy for equitable treatment of women musicians, particularly in media and film.

The Art of Resiliency: Phoenixes Rising

It is one thing to read about resilience and people who overcome the hard knocks of life, time and time, again. It is encouraging to know that you can be mentored by someone to lift yourself out of the muck and mire of life. But to have my story included in this phenomenal anthology is beyond motivational for me. Dr. Joy Vaughan has risen to a new height by offering her story of worldwide travel coupled with the stories of accomplished women in the countries where she journeyed. Joy’s book is a testament of the personal power that determined women use to accomplish everything they intend to manifest.

Bridging the Gap

In 2021, there are bridges to gap!

There is the gap between generations.

There is the gap between men and women.

There is the gap between the church and state.

There is the gap between the academy and the community.

There is the gap between the haves and have nots on so many levels.

There is the gap between the brick wall or the glass ceiling and success.

There is the gap between the cultured and the uncultured, whatever that may mean.