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


  • Ella Fitzgerald at 100 April 25, 2017
    Ella Fitzgerald was born 100 years ago today and she died on June 15, 1996. By any measure, she was the most important jazz-pop singer of the 20th century. By the time she was 21 in 1938, she had comp …
  • John Cameron on Harold McNair April 24, 2017
    Back in March, I posted about Flute & Nut, a marvelous album by the late flutist and saxophonist Harold McNair. The orchestral album with McNair soloing was arranged by John Cameron, whom I had the ho …
  • Lester, Ella and Billie April 22, 2017
    In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed John Oates of Hall & Oates for my “House Call” column on growing up in New York and North Wales, Pa. (go here). John talked about a medical complica …

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