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


  • April 14, 2021Dance Along With Basie, 1959
    You won’t find one of my favorite Thad Jones albums listed under his name. It’s Dance Along With Basie, recorded for Roulette at the tail end of the 1950s. Cut over four sessions during the December h …
  • April 13, 2021New Video: Bill Evans in Belgium, 1972
    In June 1972, Bill Evans and Eddie Gomez were at Club Thalamus in the Schaerbeek section of Brussels, Belgium. On drums for the tour, Evans hired Tony Oxley, an English avant-garde player and co-found …
  • April 12, 2021Documentary: Ronnie Scott and His Club
    You may not have played Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as a musician or had the pleasure of hearing jazz artists perform there. And even if you have, who knows when you’ll be back given the pandemic in Euro …

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