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


  • January 21, 2020Jimmy Heath in 10 Tracks
    The late Jimmy Heath had a crisp and deliberate sound on his tenor saxophone. His solos and double-and triple timing were fluid, seemingly effortless and never short on ideas. His soprano saxophone wa …
  • January 20, 2020Jimmy Heath (1926-2020)
    Jimmy Heath, a tenor saxophonist with exceptional gifts as a composer, arranger and player who spent critical years of the 1950s in prison for the sale of drugs but rebuilt his career in the 1960s and …
  • January 18, 2020Tobias, Hank and Jack
    In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed author Tobias Wolff for my “House Call” column in the Mansion section (go here). Tobias talked about his difficult childhood and the inspiration for …

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