Marc Myers writes daily on jazz legends and legendary jazz recordings and is a frequent music and arts contributor for the Wall Street Journal.


Why Jazz Happened

Marc is also the author of “Why Jazz Happened” (University of California Press).

In 2012, JazzWax was named the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Blog of the Year.” – See more.

Recent posts from JazzWax


  • Father Tom Vaughn: Village Gate September 16, 2019
    In the post-war jazz universe, two men of the cloth stand out. The first was Father Norman O’Connor, who was known as the “Jazz Priest.” Boston University’s Catholic chaplain in 1951, O’Connor was a b …
  • David, Archie and Judy September 14, 2019
    This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed comedian and actor David Spade for my “House Call” column in the Mansion section (go here). David talked about how he developed his sarcastic sense …
  • Six Videos: Big-Band Gillespie September 13, 2019
    From his earliest days in the trumpet sections of big bands led by Teddy Hill, Cab Calloway, Les Hite, Lucky Millinder and Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie wanted to front an orchestra of his own. His …

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