Category Archives: Media

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: In 2013 at WSJ on Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project

I’m delighted that this Jazz Standard gig has become an annual celebration of Gil’s music. Big Band’s Moment, Relived Anew The Gil Evans Project Will Perform at the Jazz Standard By Martin Johnson May 12, 2013 10:34 p.m. ET Ryan … 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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More From the Archives. At WSJ on Chocolate Genius

NEW YORK CULTURE The Assorted Flavors of Chocolate Genius Inc. By Martin Johnson Updated Dec. 1, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET For more than a decade, Chocolate Genius Inc., the stage name for singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson, has confounded and entranced … 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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From the Archives, Three WSJ Stories on Craft Beer in NYC

In 2014, I had the amazing good fortune to write about the then nascent (now burgeoning) craft beer scene for an amazing editor at an amazing outlet.  These are those stories. When I’m not in the food biz, I work … Continue reading

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About My NPR Jazz Poll Ballot

Sometimes journalists root for a story to develop, and I think that concept was behind my NPR ballot of the best jazz recordings of the year. This is the ballot NEW RELEASES Thumbscrew, Ours/Theirs(Cuneiform) Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest(Blue Note) Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings(International … Continue reading

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