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 8, 2020Donald Fagen on "Peg"
    A bunch of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen at length by phone. Both of us were holed up in our respective homes. For the next 45 minutes, we talked about the wr …
  • April 7, 2020Zoot Sims: Sweden, 1984
    In November 1984, four months before tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims died at age 59, he performed at the library in the Sonet Records building in Lidingö, Sweden. Sims was backed by bassist Red Mitchell a …
  • April 6, 2020Ellis Marsalis (1934-2020)
    Ellis Marsalis, an elegant jazz pianist who chose to remain in his native New Orleans for much of his career while raising a family that included musician sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, di …

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