Category Archives: Media

Out & About 02: “Jason Moran”

Out and About results from some considerations about happiness.  I wondered what within my grasp would make me happier, and one of the answers was write about music more.  I love writing, I write about music for one of the … Continue reading

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Out & About 01: Gretchen Parlato Returns

Out and About #01: Gretchen Out and About resulted from some considerations about happiness.  I wondered what within my grasp would make me happier, and one of the answers was to write about music more.  I love writing, I write … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Mat Maneri’s Superb “Dust”

I thought about comparing this recording to Leonard Cohen or Morphine, but by the time that occurred to me, we were too far along in the edit to disrupt the flow. MUSIC REVIEW ‘Dust’ Review: Jazz’s Viola Virtuoso Mat Maneri … 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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At WSJ on The Time for Peace is Now, a compilation of 70s Gospel

I’m primarily a jazz critic but I go off campus in my listening habits all the time; it’s a necessity.  And every now and then a non jazz release crosses my desk that I can write about with authority.  About … Continue reading

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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

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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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