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


  • Videos: Basie Documentary May 26, 2017
    There’s nothing like starting a holiday weekend with Count Basie. Here’s a fabulous four-part documentary directed by Matthew Seig and written by Albert Murray, with terrific clips. It will keep your …
  • Terry Gibbs: 92 Years Young May 25, 2017
    Vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, one of the giants of jazz, has just released a fabulous new album—92 Years Young: Jammin’ at the Gibbs House (Whaling City Sound). It’s a stone-cold swinging killer. Every si …
  • Roger Moore and Sinatra May 24, 2017
    Roger Moore, who played a dashing secret agent in TV’s The Saint and in seven James Bond films, died on May 23, 2017. He was 89. Though Roger wasn’t a jazz musician he loved music. Back in 2014, I had …

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