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


  • May 23, 2022Andrea Brachfeld & Insight: 'Evolution'
    One of the finest jazz flutists around today is Andrea Brachfeld. She studied with Hubert Laws, Jimmy Heath and George Coleman, among others, and has released 10 CDs as a leader. Andrea’s latest, with …
  • May 21, 2022Tracy, Orson and Sacha
    In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Tracy Letts for my “House Call” column in the Mansion section (go here). Tracy is quite extraordinary. In addition to a prolific acting career (many …
  • May 20, 2022Who Was Art Hodes?
    Born in 1904 in what today is Ukraine, Art Hodes and his family left the country soon after, likely following a violent wave of attacks against Jewish families in their town. After docking in New York …

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