Category Archives: Film

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 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

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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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From the Archives, at WSJ on Bill Frisell

CULTURAL CONVERSATION  WITH BILL FRISELL With a Country Twang By Martin Johnson Updated Nov. 3, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET Bill Frisell is the most innovative and influential jazz guitarist of the past 25 years. He has brought a country twang … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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