Marc Myers is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where he writes about jazz, rock, soul, and rhythm & blues as well as art and architecture. He blogs daily at www.JazzWax.com, winner of the Jazz Journalists Association's Blog of the Year Award.
“’Why Jazz Happened' Makes Its Points Like a Snazzy Lawyer in the Courtroom: Zip, Zam, Zot. . . . Students and fans of jazz will come away enlightened about a huge part of the jazz story that has been mostly untold, before this otherwise intelligent and well-reported book was published.” - Will Layman, Popmatters.com
"Excellent new jazz history. . . . A refreshingly concrete volume on a genre that stubbornly, sometimes proudly, refuses to be defined." - The New York City Jazz Record
“A highly engaging, thoroughly researched book.” - All About Jazz
“A needed historical overview. . . . Myers presents his argument of ‘why jazz happened’ in a concise, powerfully convincing style. . . . Highly recommended.” - G. A. Akkerman, University of South Carolina Upstate, Choice
“Myers has managed to come up with a fresh take on the [history of jazz's evolution].” - Willard Manus, LivelyArts.com
"Why Jazz Happened contains a treasure trove of insider information . . . a valuable addition to readings in jazz history." - Mark C. Gridley, Notes