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


  • 10 Tributes to Gerry Mulligan July 16, 2019
    Gerry Mulligan’s contributions to jazz are monumental. As an arranger, the baritone saxophonist pulled drummer and bandleader Gene Krupa into the bebop era in the mid-1940s, gave bandleader Claude Tho …
  • Groove Holmes: Soul Message July 15, 2019
    The early 1960s was a hot time for the Hammond organ, especially on the Prestige label. The surge in organ players at clubs in the late 1950s had to do with three trends. First, in 1959, Hammond came …
  • Richard, Jackie and Timmy July 13, 2019
    This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed actor Richard Thomas for my “House Call” column in the paper’s Mansion section (go here). Richard talked about his early start on Broadway at age 7 …

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