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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.

About My NPR Jazz Poll Ballot

Sometimes journalists root for a story to develop, and I think that concept was behind my NPR ballot of the best jazz recordings of the year. This is the ballot NEW RELEASES Thumbscrew, Ours/Theirs(Cuneiform) Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest(Blue Note) Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings(International … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Adam O’Farrill’s El Maquech

This is one of my favorite recordings of 2018, and somehow I forgot to post my WSJ review on my blog. MUSIC REVIEW ‘El Maquech’ Review: Big Sounds From a Small Group Stranger Days, the quartet led by trumpeter Adam … Continue reading

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The Rebranding Project

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 the Art Ensemble ECM Box Set

I so wished I could have squeezed information about the AEC 50th anniversary concert and album release into this, but it didn’t fit. USIC REVIEW ‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Ben Allison’s Quiet Revolution

I found out about this assignment somewhat late, but I was delighted.  I think it fits into the year’s most important trend:  the evolution of a canon for today’s jazz.  Recordings like the Mark Turner/Ethan Iverson Temporary Kings,Thumbscrew’s Theirs and … Continue reading

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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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