My name is Joan Cartwright, lovingly known as Diva JC. I am a jazz and blues vocalist, composer of over 60 songs, and author of 10 books on poetry, music history, women in music and songs. Since 1990, I have researched and written on the subject of women in music. My book Amazing Musicwomen catalogues the lives of 40 women in jazz and blues. For my Master’s in Communications, I wrote three papers that became my book A History of African-American Jazz and Blues. The first paper, The Sign of The Blues was published in 1983, in the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal and presented at this conference in San Antonio, TX.
My paper “Conscious Inclusion of Women Musicians” discusses the systematic omission of women from big bands, except all-female bands, and the importance of hiring women musicians for music projects, especially, jazz projects. The paper has been accepted for publication and presentation at the British & American Studies Conference (BAS), May 17-19, 2012, in Timisoura, Romania. [www.litere.uvt.ro/vechi/BAS_conf/venue.htm] The organizers agree to waive my registration fee, provide accommodations and organize a concert for me with a Romanian Quartet. All I must do is pay my travel expenses.
Also, one of my songs “The Glory Road” has been chosen out of 30 submissions to Donne in Musica for their Donne in Jazz 2012 performances in November-December 2012. [www.donneinmusica.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Notiziario-Febbraio-2012.pdf] After I leave Romania, I want to visit Rome, Italy, for a few days to meet with the selection committee of Donne in Musica. One of the members of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. that I founded in 2007, lives in Rome, so I will have accommodations, there. [www.wijsf.org]
My plan is to fly Miami - Geneva, Switzerland, where some of my friends who are musicians are arranging concerts for me, during the last week of May, so that I have sufficient funds to cover my living expenses, at home, while I make this trip. The flight to Switzerland will be round-trip, while the other flights will be Zurich-Romania-Rome-Zurich on Easy Jet. Having toured Europe from 1990-1998, this will be a wonderful reunion for me and several musicians I worked with during that period, plus a great opportunity to perform at some of the venues, where we worked.
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