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The One and Only Diva JC aka Joan Cartwright Brings Her Talents to the Book Industy

September 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm (music, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

JoanCartwrightSongBook_preview41 songs and 10 lyrics by jazz and blues singer and composer Joan Cartwright, one of the only women in the world with a jazz and blues song book. In a 30-year span, jazz vocalist and composer Joan Cartwright has become a Diva in her own right. She’s toured in 15 countries and has written over 60 songs.



amazingmusicwomen-sm_preview40 amazing women in jazz and blues

Book Excerpt:


Gertrude “Ma” Rainey was born in Columbus, Georgia (September, 1882 – December 22, 1939). Known as “The Mother of the Blues”, she was the composer who popularized the blues. She was a spokesperson for black people and a hero to them. Her style of moaning captured the audience. She recorded hundreds of songs on Paramount and put that recording company on the map.  She recorded with Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson. She could grab a crowd and make them love her. The most popular blues singers had this quality. They could establish a rapport and rhetoric with the crowd.

 “Ma” Rainey took Bessie Smith under her wing. This was how the blues tradition developed. One followed another or they were contemporaries of each other.



A manual for aspiring Divas, musicians and composers

Book Excerpt:


Music is a profession that many people would love to embrace but few really have the talent or fortitude to endure. Simply being able to sing is not enough to last in the music business.

You must:

  • Know music theory
  •  Know the importance of having your own voice rather than just covering the musical style of another artist
  • Work hard to hold the attention of an audience
  •  Understand the business and what it takes to get bookings and royalties



Four songs dedicated to my granddaughters, god daughter and great grandson

Book Excerpt:



 ©2006 Joan Cartwright

Butterfly, Butterfly
Gliding thru the breeze
Your delight, Butterfly
Flowing right thru me
That’s the thing of Spring
Makes you want to sing
Butterfly, all day
Butterfly, all night


Butterfly, Butterfly
Lighting on a tree
In my eyes, Butterfly
You and I are free

That’s the thing with Spring
Makes you wanna sing
Butterfly, all day
Butterfly, all night


a history of aferic americ jazzFrom the coast of West Africa captured people brought a new music to the shores of North America. That music became blues and then jazz and was the voice of freedom. But the commercialization of this music throughout the twentieth century has not benefitted the innovators as much as the imitators, publishers and producers of recordings, concerts and festivals, worldwide.

 The three essays in this book examines the cultural politics involved in the production, promotion and critique of African-American Jazz and Blues in America and abroad. It is available at





Joan CartwriteBorn on December 7,  in Kew Gardens, New York, Joan Cartwright is the consummate musician. She composes, performs, lectures, researches and documents jazz and blues musicians and performers. She is the founder of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC., a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting women musicians locally, nationally and globally, through contacts, articles, interviews, newsletters, events, courses, clinics, workshops, lectures, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, concerts, performances and recognition. During her 30-year career, Joan Cartwright has performed with Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Dorothy Donegan, Philly Joe Jones, Shirley Scott and hundreds of musicians in the U.S., Europe and Asia! Diva Joan Cartwright has toured 5 continents and 15 countries including the U.S.A., 8 European countries, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, China and Japan, with her swinging brand of jazz and blues. A composer and author of 7 books, her title, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY contains 40 songs and lyrics to standard songs: “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham, “Tune Up” by Miles Davis and “Bessie’s Blues” by John Coltrane. (LYRICS) The book contains two lectures that she’s given to over 7,000 children, college students and adults, in U.S., Switzerland, Sicily, China and Japan: WOMEN IN JAZZ and SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SINGER? Her workshops are dynamic and educational, highlighting the pitfalls and benefits of the music business. She contends that, “Knowing music theory is a step in the right direction for any singer who truly wants to excel in the world of music!”Diva JC names any ensemble of musicians she works with “Jazz Hotline”. Why? Because the music swings and it’s always HOT! Her most famous Blues are “Nobody’s Husband”, “OH, Baby!” and “Treat Me Right and You Don’t Have To Marry Me”.

Visit Joan’s websites:, and search “Joan Cartwright” on for her two cds, FEELIN’ GOOD (Sicily: 1995) and IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY (U.S.A.: 2005)

Known as the “Hip Hop Mom of Atlanta”, Joan performed Jazz Meets Hip Hop with her daughter’s hip hop/soul group – Caustic Dames, in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Italy, France and England. Hear Joan on “Atlanta Has Spoken“, a compilation of spoken word artists at Be sure to hear her track “Talkin’ That Jazz” and also visit Joan Cartwright is available for bookings around the world. Her knowledge of music and her professional attitude enables Joan to travel alone and work with professional jazz and blues musicians, wherever she is contracted to perform.

In 1998, Ms. Cartwright produced Gaiafest, A Celbration of Mother Earth with Women in Jazz. From 1997 to 2001, she was the recipient of several grants from Broward Schools, where she presented Women in Jazz at K-12 schools. In 2007, she presented at York College, in Jamaica, New York on March 28, 2008; and she was a featured artist of the Women in Jazz Festival on April 5, 2008, in New York City. In Fort Lauderdale, FL, she presented her program with an 8-member ensemble at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center on October 30, 2008, funded by a grant from the Friends of AARLCC, to be completed on March 7, 2009. She is scheduled to do her presentation at Miami-Dade Community College on February 3, 2009.

In addition to music performance, lectures, media, production, marketing, advertisement, publishing, public speaking and public relations, journalism, authoring books, articles, columns, feature stories, blogs, newsletters and creating  a web presence for herself and others, JOAN CARTWRIGHT, M.A. has extensive years of experience in: Computers: Word processing, Information Technology, website design, HTML, JavaScript, Front Page, FTP, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Access, Dbase, Lotus, MSWord, WordPerfect, PC, Wang, Lanier.

Joan has taught on a university level at Florida International University, Broward Community College, LaSalle University and K-12 level at Eagle Charter Academy. She is certified in the State of Florida to teach Music. Presently, she is researching doctoral programs in Music, Communications and Education. She is a frequent contributor to the South Florida Times, In Focus Magazine and Global Woman Magazine. Her website is a plethora of information about business, entrepreneurialship, culture, jazz, blues, music, art, spirit, women, humanity, videos, mp3s, history, politics, religion, community and more.

For 20 years, Joan worked in the legal field as a secretary, word process, legal assistant and file archivist. She owned a legal secretarial service in 1990, before going on tour for eight years in Europe, where she recorded her first CD, Feelin’ Good distributed by Tireno Records in Milan, Italy; and by her own lable, I AM Records in the U.S.A. Her second CD, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY is distributed solely by I AM Records. Presently, Joan hosts a weekly online radio show, MUSICWOMAN LIVE! at featuring women who compose and perform their own music and men who support them. Archived shows are linked at: Cartwright, M.A.Founder and Executive Director of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC.CEO of FYI Communications, Inc.2801 S. Oakland Forest Drive, #103Oakland Park, FL WORKS BY JOAN CARTWRIGHTBooks:

  • Amazing Musicwomen ( 2008)
  • So, You Want To Be A Singer? ( 2008)
  • Songs For My Children ( 2008)
  • The Moon, Sun Showers, Rainbows and Whipped Cream Clouds ( 2008)
  • Rhythms of the Heart ( 2008)
  • Entries on Women in Jazz in the Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (ABC Clio 2008)
  • In Pursuit of a Melody (Trafford: 2006) 40 songs, 35 poems, memoirs, photos and lectures:
    • Amazing Women in Jazz and Blues
    • So, You Want To Be A Singer? A Manual for Up and Coming Divas
  • A History of African-American Jazz and Blues (FYICOMMINC: 1994) includes essays:

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The House on The Bluff Book One The Legacy Series by Elena Dorothy Bowman

August 2, 2009 at 9:03 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

L1-House on the Bluff_Book 1-54Synopsis – The House On The Bluff – Book 1 – Legacy Series
Suspense, Mystery, Drama, Romance….

When Abigail Adams Pierce stumbled onto the family legacy, she never imagined in her wildest dreams what the effect her discovery would have on her from that moment on. Intrigued by the description of an 18th Century ancestor’s blood-curdling screams in the dark of night, and never having been heard from again, piqued her curiosity. She had to see what it was about the “house” that made people tremble. Why no one had ventured near it since 1789; why no one had dared.

According to the stories handed down from one generation to another, it had been there for centuries, standing tall … empty … beckoning …maintaining its enchantment and its ageless elegance, rising as a silent sentinel waiting for the one long destined to enter to claim ownership.Waiting for someone? Me, she thought. The house was waiting for me. It had to be.

Little did she know that her curiosity would take her on a hair-raising journey she would never forget; a journey that once started would have no turning back at the risk of losing her life in the physical sense and being trapped within the spiritual realm that had invaded the Pierce House. She dismissed, out of hand, warnings of the terror, foretold,lurking within the “house” that went along with claiming ownership.

This then was her family’s legacy handed down from the 11th Century to the descendent who would dare to enter in spite of its warnings … A legacy that prophesized the danger and horrendous trials set before it.Neither was she aware that if she didn’t take the first step into this foreboding journey, she would never meet the one who was preordained to be her Consort. All she knew was that it would all start on the day she entered the family’s ancestral home by the sea.

*Excerpts and reviews of all my novels can be viewed on my website: <>.

The House On The Bluff is available at <>



The House On The Bluff – Book I – Legacy Series
By Elena Dorothy Bowman
ISBN# 1-59431-363-6
Write Words, Inc./Cambridge Books

Review by Anne K. Edwards, Mystery

A mysterious house lures people to it and they are never heard from again–alive.  This causes fear in the neighborhood of Adam’s Point to leave so it is isolated as well, except for one young man who is staying at his family’s summer cottage.

Abigail has come to lay claim to this house with its bleak atmosphere, but the question is, will she claim the house or will it claim her? She is tempted more than once to flee the sights and sounds she encounters, but determination makes her stay.

A story that seems to have a touch of horror, but the reader will find there is a twist in the plot that leads away from that idea.  Ghosts abound with doors closing on their own, mysterious music with no apparent source, meals appearing on cue with no staff, cold unappealing rooms, all adding their own touch to the atmosphere of a house you will enjoy visiting while waiting for Abigail and her new friends, Ethan and Tony, to figure things out.

Talented author Elena Dorothy Bowman offers the reader something new in paranormal romance in a world peopled by fun characters (including the house).  You’ll feel as if you’ve actually visited the place, so well done is the description.
Recommended as a fun read.  Enjoy.  I did.   — Anne K. Edwards

Review:  by Rachel Webb Publicist

–“The House On The Bluff Mystery-Romance Novel is a real spine tingler.”
–“I’ll never feel safe in the fog again after reading House on the Bluff! It’s spooky because it’s historically authentic, and it’s romantic and funny at the same time. –Rachel Webb, Publicist, London, England
Review by: –Mike Purfield,
on-line film entertainment, January, 2003….

–“In New England, the Pierce house sits on the bluff uninhabited for hundreds of years. The last person to live there disappeared, but Abigail, a descendent…has no intention of disappearing…The characters are innocent and charming. I laughed a few times at the bickering between the characters, falling for their chemistry and conflict. Most of the story takes place in the house where Abigail is trapped with her two friends Ethan and Tony. Bowman has written some great cat-and-mouse-in-the-maze sequences that topple anything Hollywood could come up with…For a short, breezy, haunting, and charming time,”The House on the Bluff” might be what you are looking for. — Mike Purfield

Review by:   ~ Bobby Duffy English Teacher. Florida – January, 2003….

–Adams Point was not the most hospitable place in the world. Perched on a small island in a bay that allowed no ships or boats past its entrance…Never in anyone’s memory had the house been occupied, yet never deteriorated the way most abandoned houses did… — Bobby Webb

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