London-based guitarist Deirdre Cartwright is regarded as one of only a handful of great international women jazz guitarists. Her early music training on piano, following in the footsteps of her grandmother who was an opera singer and pianist, took second place when she fell in love with the guitar at a young age. Almost entirely self-taught, she discovered the sound of glam rock before jazz and in her quest to explore the possibilities of the guitar began to play in a different tuning (all 4ths). She first became well known in the 80s as the guitar presenter of the BBC TV series Rockschool. She also recorded three albums and toured the world with The Guest Stars. Forming her own group in the early 90’s, Cartwright has toured extensively in the UK and Europe and has released five albums with the Deirdre Cartwright Group.
If there is a more complete guitarist in contemporary music than Deirdre Cartwright, I’d like to know who it is ~ Dave Gelly, The Observer
Cartwright’s coolly undulating Grant Green shuffle groove is one of the understated pleasures of the UK’s contemporary fusion ~ John Fordham, The Guardian
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