Category Archives: cinema

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

Posted in Archives, Arts, cinema, culinary, eroticism, Film, fitness, Food, Gender, Jazz, Life in the 50s, Media, movies, Music, Naked Women, Politics, race, Sports, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

At WSJ on Early Nat King Cole

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)’ by Nat King Cole Review: A Master of the Keys Before he built a formidable career as a singer, Cole was a great jazz pianist; a new set reminds us of … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, Arts, cinema, Film, Jazz, Media, Music, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Martin Johnson Blog Network

I write…a lot. I write about music, mostly jazz. I write about sports, mostly basketball (though drill down deep enough here and you’ll find a late 2014 piece that correctly called the rise of the Chicago Cubs). I write about … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, Arts, baseball, basketball, Bullish, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, cinema, Clippers, culinary, fitness, Food, Gender, Jazz, Lakers, LeBron James, LGBT, Life in the 50s, Media, Miami Heat, movies, Music, Naked Women, NBA, NFL, Politics, race, Sports, Taking the Bulls by the Numbers, The Do Over, thoughts and musings, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Archives, Arts, cinema, Film, Gender, race, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

At WSJ on Ben Allison’s Quiet Revolution

I found out about this assignment somewhat late, but I was delighted.  I think it fits into the year’s most important trend:  the evolution of a canon for today’s jazz.  Recordings like the Mark Turner/Ethan Iverson Temporary Kings,Thumbscrew’s Theirs and … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, Arts, cinema, Jazz, Music, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Somi’s Brilliant Petite Afrique

  I’ve known of Somi, the magnificent singer and songwriter for about ten years, and for much of that time I thought that her music was a great sound in search of a comparable style or at least repertoire. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, cinema, Film, Media, Music, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

At The Root on Roots

I watched a lot of TV last week. http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/05/tv-review-did-we-really-need-a-roots-remake-no-but/

Posted in Arts, cinema, movies, race, thoughts and musings, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

An Interesting Week at The Root

After a slow month, I got back into the groove at The Root with features on food, film and business. On Melba Wilson on Melba’s, her new cookbook, how soul food is the basis for American comfort food and how … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, cinema, culinary, Film, Gender, Life in the 50s, Media, movies, Music, Politics, race, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

At The Root on Obama at SXSW

He said that coming to SXSW had been a goal of his since he started his campaign in 2007. “My slogan wasn’t Yet I Can, it was Yes We Can.”  http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/03/obama_at_sxsw_tech_isn_t_just_about_the_next_cool_thing_it_s_about_creating.html

Posted in Arts, cinema, Film, Politics, race, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

At The Root on Four Emerging Black Filmmakers

One of the best assignments I’ve had in 2016 so far was from the The Root.  It was a series of profiles of emerging African American filmmakers. I don’t know if it was in response to #oscarsowhite, but it functioned … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, cinema, Film, Gender, Media, movies, race, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment