Monday, October 24, 2011

Autumn Roundup

Since March 2007, Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes women musicians, globally, has presented several successful programs to community seniors, adults, children and students. Through a number of grants, WIJSF organized and promoted Amazing Musicwomen at AARLCC in 2008, Lauderhill Jazz Series (2009) at the Warehouse in Lauderhill, Community Musicwomen (2009-2010) at ArtServe and senior centers in Sunrise and Miami Beach, and the Lauderhill Jam in 2010.

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Founder and executive director Joan Cartwright will receive the Spirit of Excellence Music Leader of the Year Award from American Business Women's Association of South Broward on November 9, 2011. Along with musicians like guitarist KJ Denhert, harpist Chrystal Sawyer, pianists Melody Cole and Paul Banman; Bickley Rivera on steel pan, and singers Robin Avery, Jus' Cynthia, Jae Duncan and Mzuri Moyo, Joan has distributed the organization's first compilation CD Volume I. The second volume will be released in 2012.

At the website - - is a schedule of events, photo gallery of past events, ways to support the organization's work and a Directory of Jazz Women. The organization links with several music associations, including Donne in Musica, Sunshine Jazz Organization, South Florida Jazz Summit, Jazzonian, International Women in Jazz and Lauderhill Sister Cities.

The fifth year of WIJSF will open with a concert FROM BEBOP TO DOO WOP TO HIP HOP at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, with the Parkway Middle School of the Performing Arts Jazz Band and Vocal Ensemble performing musical arrangements of WIJSF members. Lorna Lesperance and Melton Mustafa, Jr. will conduct arrangements by Dr. Malcolm Black, 20-year veteran director of the Broward College Jazz Department. They will be joined by Robin Avery and Paul Banman on "Light The Way", a slideshow of light and love.

The music includes The Color of Love is You by Jus' Cynthia; Joan Cartwright's trilogy Countin' On The Count, A Natural Thing and We Are Free; Art Wilson's Rock and two Doo Wop selections by former Parkway students. This program is funded by a grant from the Student Enrichment in the Arts of Broward Schools. This concert is for students only, who are bussed in as part of the SEAS Project.

WIJSF plan’s to present concerts like this one and Amazing Musicwomen in the tri-county area at libraries, schools, cultural centers, senior facilities, campuses and concert halls. The educational component of the organization hinges on The Business of Music, promotion and performance development for musical members and creating awareness in the community-at-large about the musical skills of women. For more information go to or and support women musicians!

Joan Cartwright is a doctoral candidate at Northcentral University in Business Administration/Computer Technology. She holds a Master's degree in Communications from FAU and is the CEO of FYI Communications, Inc. and author of several books on the history of jazz, women in jazz, the business of music, poetry, songs and more. Visit her websites: and

Friday, August 19, 2011

What's Happening?

Coming in October. . .

Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. has new Board members: Amanda Sedgwick is our new president, Joseph Mustipher is vice president, Mimi Johnson is secretary and Vanessa M. Lowe stays on as Treasurer. As Executive Director, Joan Cartwright continues to work diligently to recruit new members and acquire grant funding for performances.

September has been a blast! Lots of work and more in store.

August is almost over and the weather has been very entertaining.

  • Rain, rain, rain filling the lake. It's raining as I'm typing this post. Pouring outside my sliding door like it's never rained before. Soon it will stop and the humidity will crawl back to my screen like a lizard fresh from the swamp! No see ums will tick at my legs and arms exposed because of the heat.
  • Electric storms abound. The other day, it cracked so hard I squinted. No really, I gathered myself up in my arms and my whole body squinted or squinched or flinched.

  • Alligator spottings and removal. A resident took photos of four alligators, one 7 feet long and emailed it to the office. Wildlife people supposedly came and took them back to the Everglades. Things that definitely make you go hmmmmmmmm. Then, my neighbor informed me that she and her three kids moved to another apartment because - get this - she had bed bugs so bad she had to bag up everything so when they exterminated all of the clothes wouldn't be contaminating the surrounds. Then, she said she had to wash all of their clothing. Lots of clothing. So, last night I watched "Suits" a tv series with lawyers and one of them, a rookie lawyer's first case was a client whose landlord planted bed bugs in the apartment so he would move out rather than stay through the renovation and the landlord could charge far more money than the rent-controlled unit was getting him now. So, all night long, I itched and scratched thinking I had bed bugs. OMGoodness, the power of suggestion is just too strong. There goes the thunder.

  • Sisters in Harmony, Coconut Grove, the last weekend of July, Jus' Cynthia and I spent the weekend at the Courtyard Marriott on Bayshore Drive overlooking Coconut Grove Marina. We ate food from the wonderful market across the street and we sang for the gathering of SiH members for two days. The Author's Roundtable on Saturday evening featured nine local authors, including me.
  • Activity 1 of Course 2 for PhD. in Business Admin

  • Afrikkanitha arrives in Miami

  • Knight/NEA Grant submitted for TARP

Keep on dreamin' 'cause only they come true.
Don't stop hopin' happiness'll find you.
All the joy that you can find
Is waiting in the magic of a dream

~ Diva Joan Cartwright

Friday, July 1, 2011

What's Next?

July is starting out here in South Florida with lots of rain to refresh the atmosphere. Enjoy our JULY Newsletter for exciting news about the twinning as Sister Cities of Lauderhill, FL and Fiuggi, Italy; for Upcoming Events and, especially, our Member Spotlight featuring

Beverly Lewis in Italy, Paulette Dozier in Florida, and Mimi Johnson in Georgia.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pool Breakfast a hit!

Today, our Pool Breakfast was fun. We sold over 20 Croissant sandwiches and drinks. The jewelry was beautiful by Lisa Keita and her sister, Deborah Clark. Karrie Klimas' Miche Purses were lovely and I got one with two changes. Thanks to Monica Bailey, Dee McCord Ochoa and Marika Guyton for setting up tables, too. Enjoyed seeing our Board Members Sherry Rudolph and Lydia Harris. Also, great seeing Val Parker and Stephanie Crooks.

I'm off for the summer, working on my first Ph.D. course. Then, I need to work on some other income efforts, writing, singing, website design.

All in all, 2011 has been a very busy year, up to now. Look forward to taking it a little easier for the rest of the year. Here's what's next. . .

November 11-14, 2011

November 21, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jazz For Peace Fundraiser May 14

Umoja, Sylvia, Malcolm, Kim, Lorna, Joan, Melody, Tracy, Robin Paul, Lydia, Priscilla, Heidi

WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. had it's first official fundraiser of 2011 on May 14th at ArtServe, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, featuring Rick DellaRatta of Jazz For Peace and five members of WIJSF performing their original music - Melody Cole, Kim J, Robin Avery, Paul Banman and Joan Cartwright. We raised $1050 after expenses and the event was very well attended.

Melody, Heidi, Tracy Fields, JC, Rick DellaRatta, Rosana, Lydia, Kim
May 14, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011


At four senior centers in Miami Beach, Community Musicwomen performed on January 26, 27 and 29, 2011, through a grant from Miami Beach Arts Gala. The musicians included Kim J on Sax, Keyboard and EWI; Crystal Sawyer The Lady of Harp; Parkway Middle School Vocal Ensemble led by Lorna Lesperance; Joan Cartwright and Melody Cole; and Joan Cartwright and Jazz Hotline with Paul Banman on keyboards and Anthony Turner on bass. The seniors appeared to be having a wonderful time and many of them asked when we were coming back! This program is presented by Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes women musicians, globally. Click here for all photos.