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


  • Count Basie Videos: 1959-'61 April 19, 2019
    By the late 1950s, Count Basie’s European tour schedule was becoming increasingly crowded. Here are three recently uploaded YouTube videos of Basie’s New Testament band on the road in 1959, 1960 and 1 …
  • Johnny Mandel at the Movies April 18, 2019
    Another jazz artist who became a spectacular composer, arranger and conductor for the movies starting in the late 1950s is Johnny Mandel. His haunting love themes, sweeping strings and nocturnal horns …
  • Neal Hefti at the Movies April 17, 2019
    Like Henry Mancini, arranger-composer Neal Hefti turned to the movies (and television) for work in the 1960s and beyond. Best known in the ’50s for updating the swing and snap of Count Basie’s New Tes …

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