A song entitled "Moving Song" was the first thing I wrote. It's one of the 41 songs in the JOAN CARTWRIGHT SONG BOOK.
I am the first woman in the world to publish a Jazz and Blues song book. These songs are a part of my first book IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY, a compilation of memoirs of my 38-year career as a jazz singer, 35 poems and two lectures - "Amazing Musicwomen" and "So, You Want To Be A Singer?"
To date, I've published nine books. I give workshops with the history of women in jazz and blues that has been well-received by thousands of students, grades 3-12, college and adults at museums, libraries, cultural centers and schools in Florida, New York, Georgia, China and Japan.
My work is music. I sing, compose, produce concerts involving other musicians, give workshops, design websites for artists, authors, musicians and entrepreneurs and I'm the founder of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. (2007), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization that promotes women musicians, globally, through events, concerts, performances, clinics, lectures, workshops, articles, interviews, newsletters, courses, contacts, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, and recognition. - www.wijsf.com. There are 64 members in our organization and 23 are musicians.
I've toured in 15 countries on 5 continents and I'm looking forward to 2010, when I'll perform at the American Embassy Blues Concert in Kingston, Jamaica, in February, and at York College in Jamaica, NY, in March.
My online radio show, website and newsletter documents women who compose and perform their own music and men who support them. Listen to my radio show archives at http://blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman.rss
Visit my website: www.joancartwright.com