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About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.

At WSJ on Ambrose Akinmusire and Jonathan Finlayson

Really great new work from leading young trumpeters Link copied… MUSIC REVIEW ‘Origami Harvest’ by Ambrose Akinmusire and ‘3 Times Round’ by Jonathan Finlayson They are trumpeters with similar backgrounds, yet their career paths and new recordings are striking contrasts. … Continue reading

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From Way Downtown 01: Stop Laughing at The Kings

  NBA fans, you don’t need me to tell you that the Thunder’s slow start is a problem or that the 76ers lack of outside shooting should disqualify them from the championship conversation for now.  But there is off the … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Turner/Iverson Temporary Kings

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Temporary Kings’ Review: Alluringly Reserved Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner team up on an austere and elegant album that belongs to a growing field known as chamber jazz. Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner in 2017 PHOTO: ROBERT LEWIS/ECM RECORDS 2 COMMENTS … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Kandace Springs Indigo

‘Indigo’ by Kandace Springs Review: Adding Emotion Through Precision On her new release, the soulful jazz pianist and vocalist is self-assured, distinctive and strikingly contemporary. Kandace Springs PHOTO: JEFF FORNEY 0 COMMENTS By Martin Johnson Sept. 6, 2018 4:39 p.m. ET Pianist and … Continue reading

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like. Episode 16, The Big Picture

In which, I begin to envision a life outside of working all the time. It’s at Medium View story at Medium.com

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 15. Friday Night Lights

Aisle 2, Episode 15.  Sometimes I think work is my religion.  Sometimes I think determination is. Here is it at Medium https://medium.com/@martinjohnson_76387/life-on-aisle-2-episode-15-friday-night-lights-b0ec5926b9d0

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like. Episode 14 My Body My Self

Ah, the vagaries of aging, resisting it, and toxic workplaces.  All of it contained here. Yes, at Medium View story at Medium.com

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