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Why Jazz Happened, With Marc Myers

JazzWax blogger and Wall Street Journal music writer Marc Myers discusses his book about how cultural, economic, and social forces shaped the sound of jazz.

Digging into the grooves of history: Myers' book offers deep context for the changing patterns of jazz's mid-20th century evolution.

Jazz is a music that underwent many stylistic changes in its early decades, from the swing of the 1930s and the bebop of the 1940s to the hardbop of the 1950s, the free jazz of the 1960s, and the fusion of the 1970s. In his book Why Jazz Happened, Jazzwax blogger and Wall Street music writer Marc Myers takes a look at some of the social, cultural, and other non-musical forces and events that helped shape the evolving sound of jazz. He joins Night Lights this week to discuss jazz changes, trends, and upheavals of the mid-20th century. We’ll also hear music from Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, and the Tony Williams Lifetime.

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