Author Archives: jmartin437

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.

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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From the Archives: At The Root on Frankie Manning

The King of the Lindy Martin Johnson 5/06/09 7:28am Filed to: CULTURE 111 Save Cover of Frankie Manning: The Ambassador of Lindy Hop Dancing With the Stars would never have happened without Frankie Manning. One of the greatest dancers in American history passed … Continue reading

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On the Time that Sarah Vaughan Interviewed Me.

Some time in 1985, probably the autumn, I was interviewed by Sarah Vaughan (born March 27, 1924). No, I did not interview her. She interviewed me. It happened at the Blue Note. She was booked for a week, Tuesday-Sunday at … Continue reading

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From the Archives: At WSJ on Susan Fales Hill

I miss the old WSJ Greater NY section. Uptown Girl Turns Writer About Town By Martin Johnson Updated July 27, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET Parties to launch first novels are often hard-scrabble affairs in spartan settings serving inexpensive wine. But … Continue reading

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