Monthly Archives: April 2019

From the Archives: At WSJ on Nelson George in 2011

NEW YORK CULTURE Artist Films a Farewell to His Home Nelson George Looks Back to a Time When Fort Greene Spilled Over With Talent By Martin Johnson Updated April 28, 2011 12:01 a.m. ET “I call it black history with … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Vanessa Rubin’s The Dream is You

MUSIC REVIEW ‘The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron’ Review: A Tribute to the Romanticist of the Bebop Movement Vocalist Vanessa Rubin honors Tadd Dameron with an album that highlights his compositional genius. Vocalist Vanessa Rubin PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER DRUKKER/VANESSA RUBIN … Continue reading

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From the Archives: at WSJ in 2004 on Steve Lacy

MUSIC A Career-Long Tribute To Thelonious Monk By Martin Johnson Updated March 11, 2004 12:01 a.m. ET When soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy first heard the music of Thelonious Monk on record in 1953, the 19-year-old reedman was immediately taken by … Continue reading

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From the Archives, in 2009 at WSJ on Linda May Han Oh and JD Allen trio recordings.

MUSIC Not Your Usual Jazz Trios By Martin Johnson Updated Nov. 3, 2009 12:01 a.m. ET Two of the most exciting jazz recordings of the season are from trios, but these groups are not in the familiar configuration of piano … Continue reading

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Going Way, Way Back. At WSJ in 2006 on Vijay and Rudresh

This piece got me an agent and nearly a book deal! Musical Masala By Martin Johnson Updated April 20, 2006 12:01 a.m. ET New York Ten years ago, when saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa was introduced to pianist Vijay Iyer, both men … Continue reading

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From the Archives: At WSJ on Henry Threadgill

NEW YORK CULTURE A Jazz Man With His Own Vocabulary Once Confined to the Margins of the Scene, Henry Threadgill Returns to the Stage By Martin Johnson Updated Nov. 9, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET For a quarter century beginning in … Continue reading

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