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


  • July 3, 2020Bill Evans: Metropole Orkest, '78
    On May 9, 1978, Bill Evans was in the Netherlands to play on the Dutch TV program Music Gallery with the Metropole Orkest. The piece was Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane, arranged by Claus Ogerman. Pavane was t …
  • July 2, 2020Johnny Mandel in 20 Tracks
    Yesterday, I posted my complete 2008 interview with Johnny Mandel (above). But what did his music sound like over the decades and what made him so special? [Photo above of Johnny Mandel conducting dur …
  • July 1, 2020Johnny Mandel (1925-2020)
    Johnny Mandel, a elegant arranger, composer, conductor, bass trumpeter and trombonist who began his career writing for big bands in the 1940s, crossed over to jazz in the ’50s and wound up scoring mov …

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