Marc Myers

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Marc Myers
Marc Myers in 2014
Born (1956-09-04) September 4, 1956 (age 59)
Nationality American
Known for Wall Street Journal music and arts contributor, founder of JazzWax blog

Marc Myers (born September 4, 1956, New York City) is an American journalist, author, and historian, and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where he writes on music and the arts. In 2007, he founded JazzWax, a top-ranked daily jazz blog[1] that won the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association's "Blog of the Year" award.[2]

Career and life[edit]

Myers grew up in New York City and Westchester County in N.Y. According to his website, he studied journalism at Northeastern University (undergraduate) and U.S. history at Columbia University (graduate). He began his writing career at The New York Times in the late 1970s as a college intern, joining the newspaper full-time in 1980 in the sports department.[3] In 1985 he left to become an associate editor at Adweek, where he wrote about advertising and marketing, helping to launch Brandweek. For a time, he was business editor at Working Woman magazine, where his responsibilities included editing cover business and celebrity profiles, and was editor of Bottom Line/Personal in the 1990s.[4] In February 1999, his essay on President Bill Clinton’s luck was published by the New York Times’ Op-Ed page.[5] In 2001, he founded Marc Myers LLC, a firm that developed content and marketing strategies. He began writing on music and the arts for "The Wall Street Journal" in 2010.

His mother, Bernice Myers, is a children's book artist and illustrator. His father, Lou Myers, a commercial illustrator, cartoonist and writer, died in 2005.[6]

He is married to Alyse Myers, author of Who Do You Think You Are? A Memoir (Simon & Schuster).[7][8][9]

Wall Street Journal[edit]

Since June 2010, Myers has written regularly on jazz, rock and R&B for The Wall Street Journal. He has interviewed more than 300 leading musicians and celebrities, including Lady Gaga,[10]Keith Richards,[11] Sir George Martin,[12] Phil Everly,[13] Smokey Robinson,[14] Brian Wilson,[15] Bill Wyman,[16] Jackie DeShannon,[17] Donald Fagen,[18] Berry Gordy Jr.,[19] Grace Slick,[20] Hal Blaine,[21] B.B. King,[22] Dave Brubeck,[23] Albert Maysles,[24] Fats Domino,[25] and Dionne Warwick.[26]

He also has written articles for the Wall Street Journal on architecture (the John Hancock Tower,[27] the Farnsworth House[28] and New York's office-building lobbies of the 1950s[29]) and has profiled contemporary sculptor Mark di Suvero.[30]


Since JazzWax's launch in August 2007, Myers has conducted more than 300 multi-part interviews with notable jazz, rock and R&B musicians[31] and has posted commentary on rare and contemporary recordings. JazzWax is syndicated by Jazz.FM91, Toronto, Canada’s largest jazz radio station, and by All About Jazz. Myers has been quoted on jazz in USA Today,[32] Travel & Leisure,[33] Jazz Times,[34] the Los Angeles Times,[35] and[36]


Myers has written the following books:

  • Why Jazz Happened (2013), University of California Press, ISBN 0520268784. In its Fall '12 catalog, the publisher called the book "the first comprehensive social history of jazz." In its review, The Wall Street Journal said, "If you want to know why jazz changed so often between 1942 and 1972, Why Jazz Happened is a good place to start. Marc Myers has made a serious contribution to the discussion about how jazz went from a practical art entertaining dancers to one aimed at listeners."
  • How to Make Luck: 7 Secrets Lucky People Use to Succeed (1999), Renaissance Books, ISBN 978-1-58063-058-0

Album liner notes[edit]

Myers has written the liner notes for the following CD releases:

  • Getz/Gilberto 50th Anniversary" (UMe/Verve)
  • Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings" (Sony/Legacy)
  • Wes Montgomery: Movin': The Complete Verve Recordings (UMe/Verve)
  • Ella Fitzgerald in Japan (UMG/Verve)[37]
  • Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music (Arbors)
  • Dinah Washington: The Fabulous Miss D! (UMG/Verve)
  • Ayako Shirasaki: Falling Leaves (Jan Matthies)
  • Sonny Rollins: Way Out West (Concord)
  • Joe Alterman: Piano Tracks (Vol. 1)
  • Carol Sloane: We'll Meet Again (Arbors)
  • Brooks Tegler: Small Groups
  • The Best of Benny Golson (Concord)
  • Grant Stewart: Young at Heart (Sharp Nine)


  1. ^ "Top 25 Jazz blogs". Invesp. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2012 JJA Jazz Awards Winners". JJA. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Myers, Marc (September 2, 1979). "Robeson-Concert protests recalled 30 years later". New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "About Marc Myers LLC". Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Lucky Charms op-ed essay forThe New York Times in 1999 on President Bill Clinton's luck
  6. ^ Heller, Steven (November 21, 2005). "Lou Myers, Cartoonist With a Satiric Wit, Dies at 90". The New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
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  8. ^ Myers, Alyse (September 26, 2008). "Her Hard-Knock Life". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Sellers, Patricia (July 8, 2008). "Powerful women: It takes a mother". Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ Myers, Marc (September 17, 2014). "Lady Gaga on Tony Bennett: 'He Thinks I'm Old School'". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Myers, Marc (December 11, 2013). "I Had a Sound in My Head That Was Bugging Me". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Myers, Marc (September 10, 2012). "He Had You Hooked on the Beatles". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ Myers, Marc (June 27, 2013). "Phil Everly's Tennessee Home". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ Myers, Marc (March 25, 2013). "A Most Enduring Miracle". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Myers, Marc (October 7, 2011). "Still picking up good vibrations". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  16. ^ Myers, Marc (September 30, 2011). "Where the bass player went off to". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  17. ^ Myers, Marc (September 23, 2011). "Love in her heart". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  18. ^ Myers, Marc (July 8, 2011). "Rock's reluctant front man". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  19. ^ Myers, Marc (June 7, 2011). "When Marvin broke pattern". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  20. ^ Myers, Marc (April 29, 2011). "She went chasing rabbits". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  21. ^ Myers, Marc (March 23, 2011). "Who else made more hit songs". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  22. ^ Myers, Marc (February 8, 2011). "Been on the road since 'Three O'Clock'". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  23. ^ Myers, Marc (December 1, 2010). "Ranching's loss, Jazz's gain". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  24. ^ Myers, Marc (November 16, 2010). "The stones at the speedway . . .". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  25. ^ Myers, Marc (November 4, 2010). "The rhythm of rock 'n' roll". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  26. ^ Myers, Marc (October 15, 2010). "The Copycats' Source". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  27. ^ Myers, Marc (September 29, 2011). "Mirror over Copley Square". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  28. ^ Myers, Marc (April 23, 2011). "Transformational transparency". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  29. ^ Myers, Marc (July 21, 2010). "Manhattan's Grand Entrances". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  30. ^ Myers, Marc (August 25, 2011). "America's Great Man of Steel". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  31. ^ Shriver, Jerry (June 30, 2009). "1959 saw jazz take giant steps in pop culture". USA Today. 
  32. ^ Shriver, Jerry (May 5, 2011). "The art of jazz still thrives with saxophonist Sonny Rollins". USA Today. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  33. ^ Tobia, Darren (August 3, 2011). "A Jazzlover's guide to summer". Travel and Leisure. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  34. ^ Conrad, Thomas (June 6, 2011). "Fun time and more live". Jazz Times. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  35. ^ McLellan, Dennis (September 1, 2009). "Chris Connor dies at 81; big-band and solo jazz singer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  36. ^ De Felitta, Raymond (April 19, 2010). "Blogging "City Island"". 
  37. ^ "ella in japan". Retrieved October 25, 2011. 

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