Category Archives: Arts

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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