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Born: August 26, 1960, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, USA.
Branford Marsalis is an American jazz and classical saxophonist. He was born the oldest of six sons to Delores Ferdinand Marsalis and famed pianist Ellis Marsalis, Jr..
He is the oldest of the six Marsalis brothers: Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis III, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mboya Kinyatta, and Jason Marsalis. Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason are also jazz musicians. Ellis is a poet, photographer, & network engineer based in Baltimore. Mboya is autistic.
Branford is most prominently known in jazz as a tenor and soprano saxophonist and a most talented brilliant musical innovator among his brothers. Branford is a Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
He began his professional career in the early 1980s playing with Art Blakey's big band, Clark Terry, and Blakey's Jazz Messengers. From 1982 to 1985 he played with his brother Wynton's group, then left to play in Sting's backup band. In 1985, he appeared at Live Aid as Sting's only accompaniment (later joined by Phil Collins). In 1986 he set up his own group. From 1992 to 1995 he was musical director of the Tonight Show Band. He then set up the Buckshot LeFonque project which intended to combine jazz with rhythm and blues, hip hop, and rock. Throughout the early 1990s, Branford had a series of guest appearances with the Grateful Dead, which are among the most popular performances in that band's history. He also collaborated with Bruce Hornsby, who played piano with the Dead during the early 1990's, on several of Hornsby's solo albums. Marsalis and Hornsby won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental for their composition "Barcelona Mona" (created for the Barcelona Olympics). He also toured with Miles Davis in one of Davis' last bands.
He is the creator of the record company Marsalis Music and the founder of the Branford Marsalis Quartet.