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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 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 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 The Time for Peace is Now, a compilation of 70s Gospel

I’m primarily a jazz critic but I go off campus in my listening habits all the time; it’s a necessity.  And every now and then a non jazz release crosses my desk that I can write about with authority.  About … Continue reading

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Meanwhile: Over at the Other Blogs

It’s been a struggle for most of the year to find time for new blogging which sucks several times over since I have well several blogs.  I’m getting better at carving time out to write things are not for publication … Continue reading

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The Martin Johnson Blog Network

I write…a lot. I write about music, mostly jazz. I write about sports, mostly basketball (though drill down deep enough here and you’ll find a late 2014 piece that correctly called the rise of the Chicago Cubs). I write about … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Ben Goldberg’s Excellent Recording, Good Day for Cloud Fishing

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Good Day for Cloud Fishing’ Review: Playing With Poetry Clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg created recordings inspired by the poetry of Dean Young, who then wrote more poems in response to the music. By Martin Johnson Aug. 19, … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Superb “The Hope I Hold”

‘The Hope I Hold’ by Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Review: Toward a Pan-American Jazz Sound The trombonist-composer returns with his adventurous band on a new album marked by political concern and wide-ranging musical influence. By Martin Johnson July 16, 2019 … Continue reading

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At VinePair on Pilsners

Pilsners Are an Elegant Outlier to the Craft Beer Hype Machine words: MARTIN JOHNSON     Pilsners have one of the most dynamic backstories in beer. The style was developed in the Czech village of Pilsen in the first half of the 19th … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Joanna Wallfisch’s Superb Far From Any Place Called Home

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Far Away From Any Place Called Home’ by Joanna Wallfisch Review: Chronicle of a Road Trip The jazz singer-songwriter’s latest album draws on a solo bicycle tour she took from Portland to Los create crystalline, inquisitive music. … Continue reading

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