Category Archives: Media

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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The Rebranding Project

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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At WSJ on the Art Ensemble ECM Box Set

I so wished I could have squeezed information about the AEC 50th anniversary concert and album release into this, but it didn’t fit. USIC REVIEW ‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City … Continue reading

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