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From the Archives: at WSJ in 2004 on Steve Lacy

MUSIC A Career-Long Tribute To Thelonious Monk By Martin Johnson Updated March 11, 2004 12:01 a.m. ET When soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy first heard the music of Thelonious Monk on record in 1953, the 19-year-old reedman was immediately taken by … Continue reading

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From the Archives, in 2009 at WSJ on Linda May Han Oh and JD Allen trio recordings.

MUSIC Not Your Usual Jazz Trios By Martin Johnson Updated Nov. 3, 2009 12:01 a.m. ET Two of the most exciting jazz recordings of the season are from trios, but these groups are not in the familiar configuration of piano … 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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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 in 2010 on Maria Schneider

#tbt, right? Reinventing the Sound of Big-Band Jazz Composer Maria Schneider Draws From Latin America—and Even a Bird—to Bring Nuance to Her Orchestra’s Music By Martin Johnson Updated Nov. 20, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET Seven years ago, when the Jazz … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Eric Dolphy’s Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions

‘Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions’ Review: Jazz’s Great Pedagogue Eric Dolphy recruited an exceptional cast of young musicians whose later work would be revered; now two of his best albums have been remastered and put out … Continue reading

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More From the Archives, Ten Years Ago at WSJ on Bynum, Fujiwara, Halvorson and Pavone

Here’s a little #tbt action. Close Friends, Jazz Up-and-Comers By Martin Johnson Updated April 9, 2009 11:59 p.m. ET Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, guitarist Mary Halvorson, violist Jessica Pavone and drummer Tomas Fujiwara are among the most exciting new jazz … Continue reading

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