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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.

More Gender Musing at Medium

I think Chimamanda is right.  We all *should* be feminists; privilege is a real thing but so too is the burden of maintaining privilege.  So I keep writing.  The message on Aly Raisman’s body is that a woman shouldn’t have … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Sara Serpa’s Stunning “Close Up”

Close Up’ Review: Breaking New Ground Songs on Sara Serpa’s new album draw on the works of Virginia Woolf and other writers. Sara Serpa PHOTO: MICHAEL JACKSON By Martin Johnson March 13, 2018 5:24 p.m. ET 1 COMMENTS Since her arrival on the … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Elise LeGrow’s Playing Chess

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Playing Chess’ by Elise LeGrow Review: Old Made New The singer reinvents many of the classics from the Chess Records catalog on her new album. By Martin Johnson March 1, 2018 4:55 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Elise LeGrow’s new … Continue reading

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Max Roach and Sarah Vaughan

There are a lot of reasons that I began writing professionally 34 years ago, and I’m still writing today.  A lot of those reasons are things that happened early in my career.  I found great mentors.  My friends and family … Continue reading

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The Gender Pieces at Medium

I set up this blog to be an archive of my published work, but during the last year or so, I’ve been cheating on it.  I took an account at Medium and began using it to publish pieces that were … Continue reading

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At Timeline on Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland at 50

One of the reasons I love writing about music is that it forces me to live inside the music for a while and allow the music to live inside of me.  I’m constantly curious about who I am now and … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Kris Davis and Craig Taborn’s Octopus

Link copied… MUSIC REVIEW ‘Octopus’ by Craig Taborn and Kris Davis Review: Diving for Deep Listening Live recordings of the jazz piano duet offer insights into the roots of the players’ technique. ‘Octopus’ is the new album from jazz pianists … Continue reading

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