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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.

Vertical Search: My Work at Wine Enthusiast

I began writing articles about craft beer for Wine Enthusiast via two somewhat conventional avenues. For one, I wrote three stories for VinePair. It was great, at the time I had few other outlets for my work, and since I … Continue reading

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At Wall Street Journal on Promises by Pharoah Sanders, Floating Points and the LSO

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Promises’ by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra Review: Across Genres and Generations A collaboration between the 80-year-old jazz saxophonist and the 34-year-old electronic producer results in an austere yet stunning album By Martin JohnsonApril 7, … Continue reading

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Vertical Search: My Work at NPR

Sometimes a life changing moment happens and you know it immediately. That’s what it was like one morning in April 2020, when I awoke to an email from an editor at NPR. He wanted to know if I’d like to … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Let My People Go by Archie Shepp and Jason Moran

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Let My People Go’ by Archie Shepp and Jason Moran Review: Way Down in Jazz Land The saxophonist and pianist collaborate on an album featuring new duet versions of standards by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. … Continue reading

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Blast From the Past: At WSJ in 2010 on Iranian Film and Rock

I Shot, I Ran By Martin JohnsonUpdated April 15, 2010 12:01 am ET SAVE PRINT TEXT Bahman Ghobadi is one of Iran’s leading filmmakers, but after completing his most recent movie, “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” he went into exile … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the great Code Girl recording, Artlessly Falling

Well, better late than never. I liked this piece and love the recording. MUSIC REVIEW ‘Artlessly Falling’ by Code Girl Review: Crooning Couplets Guitarist Mary Halvorson branches out from her hallmark improvisation on an album that melds her poems and … Continue reading

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New Writing

So far 2021 has been a very good year. Not just the new administration and new Georgia Senators, but my inbox has been overflowing with cool assignments. Here are a few of the ones that have run. I spoke with … Continue reading

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More Writing: My Work at Wine Enthusiast

Seven years ago, I began writing about craft beer for the Wall Street Journal (nothing like starting at the top!) Over the course of three articles, linked here, I chronicled the early days of the New York City craft beer … Continue reading

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More Writing: NPR Music

Last April, I awoke to a strange email. It was from an editor at NPR. He wanted to know if I was available and interested in writing for them. I went back to bed and woke up again. I thought … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Exploding Star Orchestra’s Superb Dimensional Stardust

‘Dimensional Stardust’ by Rob Mazurek Review: Futuristic Big-Band Sounds The cornetist and composer leads his Exploding Star Orchestra on an album that deftly incorporates electronics into its rich, contrapuntal arrangements. By Martin JohnsonNov. 30, 2020 2:15 pm ET Some of the … Continue reading

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