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


  • January 27, 2021Teddy Charles and Two Bookers
    Teddy Charles was a heavy hitter. A vibraphonist, composer, arranger and a producer, Teddy could swing as easily as he could explore modal territory with his groups. When I started this blog back in 2 …
  • January 26, 2021The Other Side of Benny Golson
    Yesterday was Benny Golson’s birthday. He turned 92, and he remains one of jazz’s greatest tenor saxophonists and composers. Following his graduation from Howard University, Benny played with saxophon …
  • January 25, 2021Interview: Wendell Brunious
    If the name Wendell Brunious is not familiar to you, I assure you that the sound of his trumpet will stick with you the moment you hear it. Wendell, 66, has spent much of his life in New Orleans, grow …

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