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  • Ellis Marsalis Documentary Trailer Debuts From Filmmaker Sascha Just

    Posted on October 19th, 2022 in News

    In September of 2020, OffBeat talked to filmmaker Sascha Just, a New York and Berlin-based filmmaker who was documenting the life of Ellis Marsalis until his passing in April of the same year.   Keep reading »

  • New Orleans Music Documentary ‘Up From The Streets’ Gets Virtual Cinema Release

    Posted on April 29th, 2020 in News

    A new documentary, Up From The Streets, on New Orleans music arrives via virtual cinema on May 15. The film features interviews with NOLA musicians Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr. and more as well commentary from Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Sting and Bonnie Raitt, among others.   Keep reading »

  • Tribute to Ken Burns by Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on September 26th, 2016 in Speech

    Monk, in answering the question “What’s happening Thelonious?” replied, “Everything is happening all the time, man.” Funny, but true.  In our country alone, we swim a brimming sea of over 320 million people and roughly 200 billion points of view per second, but in the bowels of this cacophony there is startling commonality in our individuality.   Keep reading »

  • Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

    Posted on June 14th, 2008 in News | 2

    Wynton was executive producer on this film (it’s a documentary by Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie) which was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and one other film festival in San Francisco this spring.

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  • Black Magic narrated by Wynton to broadcast on March 17

    Posted on March 11th, 2008 in News | 6

    ESPN will televise its two-part documentary, Black Magic, narrated by Wynton Marsalis and Samuel L. Jackson, on March 16-17. Part 1 will be aired March 16, immediately following ESPN’s NCAA basketball tournament selection show, and Part 2 (narrated by Wynton) on March 17, both at 9 p.m ET, without commercial interruption.

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  • Wynton reading William Butler Yeats

    Posted on December 19th, 2007 in News | 6

    On December 18, at Rose Hall, PBS taped Wynton reading William Butler Yeats’ The Wild Old Wicked Man and Broken Dreams. One of them will begin airing in between regular programming on PBS in April 2008 for National Poetry Month.

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  • Wynton to record narration for Black Magic

    Posted on November 6th, 2007 in News

    Black Magic is a two-part, four-hour TV film by director Dan Klores, that highlights the lives of basketball players and coaches who attended historically black colleges and universities before and during the Civil Rights movement. Black Magic will air in two, 2 hour segments, and Wynton will be narrating one of these segments (other narrators include Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Paul )

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  • Wynton’s soundtrack for The War is out

    Posted on September 19th, 2007 in Music | 15

    On September 23, 2007, PBS will air “THE WAR”, a new seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The new film explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.

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  • Watch “Chops documentary” trailer

    Posted on May 8th, 2007 in Video | 12

    Each year the best high school jazz bands from across the United States compete at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival. Hosted by Wynton, this high-profile event offers an impressive preview of emerging jazz talents. In this documentary, filmmaker Brice Broder turns his lens on one Florida band who might just have what it takes to hit all the right notes and take home top honors at the world renowned jazz festival. Here you can watch to the trailer of this documentary.

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  • Wynton about the “Chops” documentary at Tribeca Film Festival

    Posted on April 28th, 2007 in News | 4

    On April 26, Wynton participated in a Q&A session at Tribeca Film Festival, with the filmmakers of *Chops*, a documentary film directed by *Bruce Broder* that follows a Florida high school jazz band’s journey to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.

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