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About My Mother

  Marjorie Johnson (April 18, 1921 – November 29, 2019) Friday late afternoon in Chicago, my Mom passed away after a long and often valiant battle with the vagaries of old age.  She grew up in Longview Texas on a … 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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Meanwhile: Over at the Other Blogs

It’s been a struggle for most of the year to find time for new blogging which sucks several times over since I have well several blogs.  I’m getting better at carving time out to write things are not for publication … Continue reading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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At WSJ on Ben Goldberg’s Excellent Recording, Good Day for Cloud Fishing

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Good Day for Cloud Fishing’ Review: Playing With Poetry Clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg created recordings inspired by the poetry of Dean Young, who then wrote more poems in response to the music. By Martin Johnson Aug. 19, … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Superb “The Hope I Hold”

‘The Hope I Hold’ by Ryan Keberle and Catharsis Review: Toward a Pan-American Jazz Sound The trombonist-composer returns with his adventurous band on a new album marked by political concern and wide-ranging musical influence. By Martin Johnson July 16, 2019 … Continue reading

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