Monthly Archives: March 2019

From the Archives: At The Root on Frankie Manning

The King of the Lindy Martin Johnson 5/06/09 7:28am Filed to: CULTURE 111 Save Cover of Frankie Manning: The Ambassador of Lindy Hop Dancing With the Stars would never have happened without Frankie Manning. One of the greatest dancers in American history passed … Continue reading

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On the Time that Sarah Vaughan Interviewed Me.

Some time in 1985, probably the autumn, I was interviewed by Sarah Vaughan (born March 27, 1924). No, I did not interview her. She interviewed me. It happened at the Blue Note. She was booked for a week, Tuesday-Sunday at … Continue reading

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From the Archives: At WSJ on Susan Fales Hill

I miss the old WSJ Greater NY section. Uptown Girl Turns Writer About Town By Martin Johnson Updated July 27, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET Parties to launch first novels are often hard-scrabble affairs in spartan settings serving inexpensive wine. But … Continue reading

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More From the Archives. At WSJ on Chocolate Genius

NEW YORK CULTURE The Assorted Flavors of Chocolate Genius Inc. By Martin Johnson Updated Dec. 1, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET For more than a decade, Chocolate Genius Inc., the stage name for singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson, has confounded and entranced … Continue reading

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From the Archives, at WSJ on Bill Frisell

CULTURAL CONVERSATION  WITH BILL FRISELL With a Country Twang By Martin Johnson Updated Nov. 3, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET Bill Frisell is the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years. He has brought a country twang … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Noah Preminger

‘Preminger Plays Preminger’ Review: Movie Music for Non-Cinephiles Saxophonist and composer Noah Preminger is not a film buff, but his latest release draws inspiration from director Otto Preminger. Saxophonist and composer Noah Preminger PHOTO: ANNA YATSKEVICH By Martin Johnson Feb. 19, 2019 … Continue reading

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From the Archives, at WSJ in 2010 on Maria Schneider

#tbt, right? Reinventing the Sound of Big-Band Jazz Composer Maria Schneider Draws From Latin America—and Even a Bird—to Bring Nuance to Her Orchestra’s Music By Martin Johnson Updated Nov. 20, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET Seven years ago, when the Jazz … Continue reading

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