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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.

At WSJ on Aaron Parks and the duo of Walter Smith and Matthew Stevens: Jazz Comfort Food

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man’ and ‘In Common 2’ Reviews: Jazz’s Take on Comfort Food Tasty new releases from pianist Aaron Parks and the duo of saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens are … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Liberty Ellman’s Last Desert

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Last Desert’ by Liberty Ellman Review: Moving Out of His Own Shadow The new album from the jazz guitarist might be even more influential than his 2015 record ‘Radiate.’ Jazz guitarist Liberty Ellman PHOTO: ALAN NAHIGIAN By Martin Johnson May … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Jazz Livestreams

This was a quick and dirty rundown done in response to the early days of the pandemic. The Staying Inside Guide: Taking Improvisation to a Whole New Level Livestreamed concerts by jazz musicians reinvent the typical performance for times of … Continue reading

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At WSJ on John McLaughlin’s Excellent Is That So.

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Is That So?’ by John McLaughlin Review: Meditative Jamming Turning away from technically flashy music, the guitarist revisits Indian fusion on a contemplative record that grew out of improvisational sessions. John McLaughlin in 2016 PHOTO: IMAGO/ZUMA PRESS By Martin … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, My Words at Other Venues

I post most of what I write here, but some of it is posted elsewhere first. For one, there’s this piece I did for the National Sawdust Log on the great young composer, saxophonist and flutist Anna Webber.  https://nationalsawdust.org/thelog/2020/02/05/in-review-anna-webber-idiom-vi/ For … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Cellist Maya Beiser and Her Tribute to David Bowie

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar’ by Maya Beiser Review: Tribute to a Rock Icon The cellist reworks and expands David Bowie’s final album. Cellist Maya Beiser PHOTO: SACHYN MITAL By Martin Johnson Jan. 7, 2020 2:52 pm ET Cellist Maya … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Roberta Piket’s Domestic Harmony

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Domestic Harmony: Piket Plays Mintz’ by Roberta Piket Review: Jazz From a Marriage The pianist’s album offers solo renditions of music written by her husband, drummer and composer Billy Mintz. Roberta Piket PHOTO: JOHN ABBOTT By Martin Johnson Dec. 26, … Continue reading

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Meanwhile at the Other Blogs 01.10.20

Most of my writing gets posted here but not all of it.  My music blogging and any piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Vine Pair or (soon) Jazz Times gets highlighted here.  However, I also write about gender, middle … Continue reading

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Out & About 02: “Jason Moran”

Out and About results from some considerations about happiness.  I wondered what within my grasp would make me happier, and one of the answers was write about music more.  I love writing, I write about music for one of the … Continue reading

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Out & About 01: Gretchen Parlato Returns

Out and About #01: Gretchen Out and About resulted from some considerations about happiness.  I wondered what within my grasp would make me happier, and one of the answers was to write about music more.  I love writing, I write … Continue reading

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