Pianist Joe Cartwright has lived, performed and taught in the Kansas City area for the last thirty two years. He is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and is currently the musical director for the critically acclaimed NPR radio show '12th Street Jump.' Joe has performed on and produced numerous recordings. Some of his credits include work with internationally recognized artists Eddie Harris, Sheila Jordan, Bill Watrous, Jerry Hahn, Jeff Hamilton, Carl Fontana, Red Holloway, John Clayton, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kevin Mahogany and Mel Torme. He has been a featured performer with the Kansas City Symphony and the Independence Symphony, and his trio was featured in performance at the 1992 World's Fair in Seville, Spain as representatives of Kansas City Jazz. In the fall of 1998 he toured Africa as part of the USIA/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Touring Program. In the spring of 2000, Cartwright toured the Middle East, Africa, India and Southeast Asia as a USIA Jazz Ambassador. When not performing and giving clinics, Joe composes, arranges and teaches jazz piano and theory.
"I am always flattered when a fellow musician decides to perform and record one of my tunes. My
pleasure and amazement is enhanced when the artist is as imaginative and talented as pianist Joe
Cartwright. Cartwright is one of those unsung artists who deserves the greater attention"