How the Pianola Played a Part in Hedy Lamarr’s Invention

 How the Pianola Played a Part in Hedy Lamarr’s Invention

George Antheil was an American composer, avant-garde and inventive, best known for his film score to Ballet méchanique. WNET’s Sue Sinclair wrote about Antheil for a recent post on the new blog Soundwaves, exploring Antheil’s life driven by music as a concert pianist and a composer. Sinclair delves into how Antheil’s musical background and creative […]

“The Jazz Ambassadors” Premieres Friday, May 4

 “The Jazz Ambassadors” Premieres Friday, May 4

Discover how the Cold War and Civil Rights movement collided when America asked Dizzy Gillespie and American Masters Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially-charged Soviet propaganda through their music. Narrated by Leslie Odom, Jr., the new PBS documentary The Jazz Ambassadors features a new interview with American Master Quincy Jones, striking archival film footage, photos, radio […]

Screenings & Showings: May 2018

Screenings & Showings: May 2018

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or a gallery show, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. From Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story to Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta be Me to Itzhak, here are a few upcoming opportunities to join […]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Hollywood Star and Inventor Hedy Lamarr

 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Hollywood Star and Inventor Hedy Lamarr

by Elisa Lichtenbaum Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was –for a time– known as the most beautiful woman in the world. She graced the cover of every magazine, and inspired women everywhere to part their hair down the middle and darken their makeup to achieve her iconic look. But the Austrian-born starlet was also an inventor […]

American Masters Wins Peabody Award for Maya Angelou Documentary

<em>American Masters</em> Wins Peabody Award for Maya Angelou Documentary

American Masters is honored to receive a 2017 Peabody Award for Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise for excellence in documentary filmmaking. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is the first feature documentary on the singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries and gave people […]

Screenings & Showings: April 2018

Screenings & Showings: April 2018

Go beyond the broadcast and join the American Masters community in person! Whether it’s a theatrical screening or a gallery show, your favorite documentaries can come to life right in your neighborhood. From Itzhak to Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story to Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta be Me, here are a few upcoming opportunities to […]

Happy Birthday, Sarah Vaughan!

 Happy Birthday, Sarah Vaughan!

Happy Birthday, Sarah Vaughan! Singer Sarah Vaughan would have been 94 years old tomorrow. Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was a four-time Grammy Award winner, a “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner and recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award, the National Endowment for the Arts’ highest honor in jazz. It’s no wonder she […]

Happy Birthday, Aretha Franklin!

 Happy Birthday, Aretha Franklin!

Happy Birthday, Aretha Franklin! The Queen of Soul turns 76 years old on March 25th, so in honor of her birthday, we’ve rounded up some of her greatest hits in a playlist below. Everything from “Respect” to “You’re All I Need to Get By” back to “Chain of Fools”. Her legendary music still moves crowds […]

Itzhak in theaters March 9 in New York City

<em>Itzhak</em> in theaters March 9 in New York City

Itzhak, a film centered on the life of musician Itzhak Perlman, opens in theaters this Friday, March 9 in New York City. See dates of screenings and showings across the country here. From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real […]

7 Women Who Made History Despite the Odds

7 Women Who Made History Despite the Odds

Happy Women’s History Month! According to the National Women’s History Project this year’s theme is “NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” In honor of this theme, we are highlighting some of the incredible women we’ve spotlighted over the years. From the way they live(d) their lives to the […]