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Katharine Katchie Cartwright

Música brasileira ao vivo em San Antonio! Flutist and radio host Dr. Katchie Cartwright’s Brazilian trio celebrates a world of Brazilian genres, from choro to MPB, Brazilian jazz, baião, and beyond. The freewheeling virtuoso group features Dr. Marco Antonio Santos of Minas Gerais on guitar, Dr. Fabio Augustinis from São Paulo on drums, and Jan Flemming from Kôln on accordion, and Austin’s Ben Triesch on bass. Grab a caipirinha and enjoy an evening of swinging sounds of Brazil, deep in the heart of Texas. Check the calendar at KATCHIE.COM.

"Rare are individuals with doctorates in ethnomusicology. Rarer still are the Ph.D.s who put ethnomusicological theory into practice. Katchie Cartwright is of that uncommon breed. 

The native New Yorker, whose previous projects included musical tributes to composer/philosopher John Cage and bohemian poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, relocated to San Antonio in 2006. There, in addition to academic duties at Northwest Vista College, she launched a radio show, Planet Jazz, devoted to what she calls the "global songbook." [She now hosts @Katchie Caminhos do Jazz, Saturdays on @KRTU 91.7 FM.]

.... Indeed, Cartwright and company excel at ways to illuminate standards with non-English roots, shaping tangos, bossas, swing numbers and soft ballads with unilateral mastery and imagination." - Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes 

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DISCOGRAPHY - Amazon buy links

Click here for Katchie & Le Monde Caché (Tales & Tongues) 

Click here for Katchie Cartwright Quintet (La Faute de la Musique - John Cage)

Click here for Cartwright/Oppenheim Quintet (Mumbai of the Mind - Lawrence Ferlinghetti) [co-leader]

Click here for Greenhorn in a Red State (Richard Oppenheim) [ensemble musician]

Click here for Katchie Cartwright Quintet (Live! At the Deer Head Inn)

Click here for Mark Holen's Zambomba (Noches Flamencas) [ensemble musician]

Click here for Cartwright/Oppenheim Quintet (Soulmates) [co-leader]


Fulbright (Senior Specialist). Click here for Katchie's Fulbright stories



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Press bio/release (Rainy Afternoon). Radio host profile (KRTU 91.7 FM San Antonio). Click here for more press quotes.

“Dr. Katchie Cartwright’s new EP Rainy Afternoon might have been tailor-made for the COVID-19 era. Recorded in Austin shortly before the pandemic hit, it’s both soothing and energizing. Catchy melodies and Brazilian rhythms provide a perfect soundtrack for sequestering at home. The title cut opens with cascading musical lines evoking rivulets of flowing water. Flutist Cartwright trades counterpoint with accordionist Jan Flemming over the effervescent percussion of drummer Fabio Augustinis. Next is the well-known “Tico-Tico no Fubá (Sparrow in the Cornmeal),” popularized by artists from the Andrews Sisters to the Grateful Dead. Both tracks are examples of choro, a musical genre born in 19th-century Rio de Janeiro which––like its slightly younger American cousins, ragtime and jazz––sprang from an amalgam of European influences, popular dance forms, and African rhythms. Guitarist Marco Antonio Santos’ facile finger work shines...”

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Primary Instrument



San Antonio


Professor of Music, Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, TX

Clinic/Workshop Information

Jazz performance, improvisational traditions of the world, John Cage's indeterminacy


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Tales & Tongues

Harriton Carved Wax



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