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).

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Recent posts from JazzWax


  • Videos: Petula Clark, in French April 20, 2018
    By the time American kids like me heard Petula Clark sing Downtown on the radio in late 1964, she had already invaded France. Petula, of course, started out as a child singer and actress in the U.K. i …
  • Four Videos: Elek Bacsik April 19, 2018
    On Tuesday, I posted about jazz guitarist Elek Bacsik. Today, I want to show you what he looked like in action on French television in the early 1960s… Here’s the bearded Bacsik with Baden Powell (a …
  • Danish Radio Big Band Box April 18, 2018
    In the years before World War II, the powerful American Federation of Musicians prohibited records from being played on the radio in the States. The union had no problem with records being sold to con …

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