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 that won the 2012 Jazz Journalists Association's "Blog of the Year" award.
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. 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. In February 1999, his essay on President Bill Clinton’s luck was published by the New York Times’ Op-Ed page. 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.
He is married to Alyse Myers, author of Who Do You Think You Are? A Memoir (Simon & Schuster).
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."