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


  • Four Videos: Happy Prez Day February 19, 2018
    Today is President’s Day in the U.S. On this day at JazzWax, we celebrate Lester Young. Billie Holiday called him the President, which was shortened to Pres or Prez. She meant president of the tenor s …
  • Art Pepper: Jazz Survivor February 17, 2018
    I’m taking a break this weekend. But I wouldn’t leave you hanging. Here’s a fascinating documentary on Art Pepper—Notes From a Jazz Survivor. The film provides a candid view of the alto saxophonist’s …
  • Videos: Bossa Nova Legends February 16, 2018
    Well, it’s Friday once again. A long week. So let’s tilt our seats back, put up our feet and jet down to Rio. Here are four fab videos of bossa nova founders that I found surfing around on YouTube yes …

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