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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 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 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 Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Superb “The Hope I Hold”

‘The Hope I Hold’ by Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Review: Toward a Pan-American Jazz Sound The trombonist-composer returns with his adventurous band on a new album marked by political concern and wide-ranging musical influence. By Martin Johnson July 16, 2019 … Continue reading

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At VinePair on Pilsners

Pilsners Are an Elegant Outlier to the Craft Beer Hype Machine words: MARTIN JOHNSON     Pilsners have one of the most dynamic backstories in beer. The style was developed in the Czech village of Pilsen in the first half of the 19th … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Joanna Wallfisch’s Superb Far From Any Place Called Home

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Far Away From Any Place Called Home’ by Joanna Wallfisch Review: Chronicle of a Road Trip The jazz singer-songwriter’s latest album draws on a solo bicycle tour she took from Portland to Los create crystalline, inquisitive music. … Continue reading

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From the Archives: in 2016 About What It Was Like in the Obama White House

Good God, this feels like a long time ago.  Several African American staffers spoke to me on what it was like to work in the Obama White House. ‘I Wanted to Be a Part of History’: What It Means to … Continue reading

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From the Archives: at WSJ on Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz To Come

I was delighted to write this and even better, it ran the weekend of my only trip to the Pop Conference. MASTERPIECE Bluesy and Achingly Beautiful Coleman’s ‘The Shape of Jazz to Come’ lived up to its title By Martin … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, Collected

For about five years, approximately 2009-2014, I did a regular blog post called Fromage of the Day where I introduced and paired a cheese then I compared it to a cultural touchstone. Here’s a grouping of them.

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At VinePair on Craft Beer and Cheese

This isn’t your usual what IPA to put with Stilton sort of piece. The Craft Beer and Cheese Businesses Have a Lot in Common, But Only One Is Surging words: MARTIN JOHNSON illustration: DANIELLE GRINBERG     On a blustery, wintry day in … Continue reading

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