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


  • July 30, 2021Beverly Kenney: Vocalist in Distress
    By my count, Beverly Kenney recorded seven albums between 1955 and 1959. She had a singing voice that was somewhere between Blossom Dearie and Marilyn Monroe, but her approach on songs was courageous, …
  • July 29, 2021Joanne Brackeen and Art Blakey
    Joanne Brackeen is a jazz pianist with thunderous talent. She’s an original who soars as a soloist, in duets, in trios, quartets and beyond. Her hands hit the keyboard with enormous power and her chur …
  • July 28, 2021Diana Panton: Cheerful Session
    This summer, Canadian jazz vocalist Diana Panton has graciously invited us to enjoy a series of 30-minute live in-studio concerts. Each video in the series has a theme. The first features songs from h …

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