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  • Wynton Marsalis Receives Ken Burns American Heritage Prize

    Posted on April 28th, 2021 in News

    The American Prairie Reserve, based in Bozeman, MT, is an organization dedicated to preserving America’s prairie ecosystem. Every year, APR presents the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize to an individual it believes epitomizes the celebration of the American Spirit.   Keep reading »

  • Ken Burns American Heritage Prize to be awarded to Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on December 10th, 2019 in News

    American Prairie Reserve is proud to announce that Wynton Marsalis has been named the recipient of the 2020 “Ken Burns American Heritage Prize”:http://www.kenburnsprize.com. The award will be presented May 6, 2020, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns: Country Music

    Posted on March 14th, 2019 in

    In the exclusive special concert event, Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns: Country Music, iconic documentarian Ken Burns, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and guests Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, and Marty Stuart will explore the shared roots found throughout American music.   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 »

  • PBS to air Ken Burns’s “Jackie Robinson” on April 11 and 12, 2016

    Posted on April 8th, 2016 in Music

    JACKIE ROBINSON, a new two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, will air April 11 and 12, 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS. The film tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s color barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.    Keep reading »

  • Ken Burns Introduces Excerpts From His Latest Film “Prohibition”

    Posted on March 15th, 2011 in Concerts, Music

    Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns continue their long time artistic collaboration on “Prohibition,” a three-part documentary directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. “Prohibition” tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The upcoming film series features original compositions and arrangements by Marsalis and others.

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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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  • Wynton writes soundtrack for Ken Burns’ The War

    Posted on November 19th, 2006 in Music

    Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns teamed up again. The War, Ken Burns’ series about the American experience in World War II, will be out in fall 2007, and Wynton wrote, arranged and performed the original soundtrack.

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  • Transcripts from Wynton’s interview for Ken Burns’ series: JAZZ

    Posted on August 28th, 2005 in Profiles & Interviews

    The transcript of Wynton’s interview for the series entitled: JAZZ, a film by Ken Burns, is available on PBS web site.

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  • Unforgivable Blackness is now available on DVD

    Posted on January 14th, 2005 in Music | 1

    Unforgivable Blackness, the Ken Burns’ documentary about iconic black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson is now available on DVD.
    Combining photographs and film footage with music provided by Wynton Marsalis, Burns’ portrait of Johnson clicks on at least three levels: as a biography, as a piece of sports history, and, most important, as a lesson on race relations in the early 20th century.

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