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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 Matt Mitchell’s A Pouting Grimace

‘A Pouting Grimace’ by Matt Mitchell Review: Crossing Stylistic Borders With Ease The pianist and composer offers his most complex and sprawling work yet on an album that showcases the influence of con mporary classical music and unique harmonies. Pianist … Continue reading

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Can You Have a Relationship in New York City Without Dating

This spring I met somebody…somebody special.  But we’re both New Yorkers and these days you have to work almost 24/7 to keep a job and keep your head above water.  We like each other a lot but there’s been almost … Continue reading

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It’s Different This Time

Yes, I’m saddened that the Chicago Cubs season ended with a thud on Thursday night, but now that there’s a title in the bag, the ending feels different. For one, their opponent was the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The question entering … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt

‘Honey and Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg’ Review Drummer and composer Matt Wilson’s new album does more than wed words to music—it points toward a new kind of jazz recording.   Drummer and composer Matt Wilson PHOTO: JOHN … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Tyshawn Sorey’s Verisimitude

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Verisimilitude’ by Tyshawn Sorey Review: Building a Bridge From Jazz to Classical Drummer, pianist and trombonist Tyshawn Sorey offers a somber, austere album influenced by Claude Debussy, Morton Feldman and Iannis Xenakis. Tyshawn Sorey’s new album is ‘Verisimilitude’ PHOTO: JOHN … Continue reading

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Charles Bradley R.I.P

Six years ago, I wrote on Bradley who passed away today. He was one of my favorite feature subjects. CULTURE A Dream 48 Years in the Making 62-Year-Old Soul Singer Charles Bradley Is Set to Release His First Album By … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the new Roscoe Mitchell

ARTS  MUSIC REVIEW ‘Bells for the South Side’ by Roscoe Mitchell Review: A Life in Jazz A live recording amounts to a a retrospective of the 76-year-old multi-instrumentalist and composer’s work. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell PHOTO: ELVIRA FALTERMEIER By Martin Johnson July … Continue reading

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