Category Archives: race

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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Meanwhile at the Other Blogs 01.10.20

Most of my writing gets posted here but not all of it.  My music blogging and any piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Vine Pair or (soon) Jazz Times gets highlighted here.  However, I also write about gender, middle … 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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From the Archives: At WSJ on Nelson George in 2011

NEW YORK CULTURE Artist Films a Farewell to His Home Nelson George Looks Back to a Time When Fort Greene Spilled Over With Talent By Martin Johnson Updated April 28, 2011 12:01 a.m. ET “I call it black history with … 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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On the Time that Sarah Vaughan Interviewed Me.

Some time in 1985, probably the autumn, I was interviewed by Sarah Vaughan (born March 27, 1924). No, I did not interview her. She interviewed me. It happened at the Blue Note. She was booked for a week, Tuesday-Sunday at … Continue reading

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From the Archives: At WSJ on Susan Fales Hill

I miss the old WSJ Greater NY section. Uptown Girl Turns Writer About Town By Martin Johnson Updated July 27, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET Parties to launch first novels are often hard-scrabble affairs in spartan settings serving inexpensive wine. But … Continue reading

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 12 On the Fringe

The Retail blog continues. https://medium.com/@martinjohnson_76387/life-on-aisle-2-this-is-what-plan-c-looks-like-episode-12-on-the-fringe-a4b6cc9308ea

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Life on Aisle 2: This is What Plan C Looks Like, Episode 3 These are My Neighbors

If in 1988, when I first moved to the East Village, you told me that I’d be there for 30 years, I would have thought my life was a dream come true.  It is dreamy at times, but the East … Continue reading

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