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


  • John Coltrane: Both Directions June 22, 2018
    On March 6, 1963, saxophonist John Coltrane was at Rudy Van Gelder’s recording studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. Between 1 and …
  • Paul Moer Plays Elmo Hope June 21, 2018
    Paul Moer was a West Coast jazz pianist who in the 1950s and early ’60s turned up on all the right albums led by superb musicians. Moer began his career with baritone saxophonist Bob Gordon on Meet Mr …
  • Electrifying Track: The Eely One June 20, 2018
    In January 1959, tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb was teamed with fellow tenor player Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, organist Wild Bill Davis, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Arthur Edgehill on a Prestige al …

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