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Branford Marsalis

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The oldest from the four musical Marsalis brothers, Branford Marsalis has already established an extraordinary career. After their studies at Southern School and Berklee, Branford toured European countries with the Artwork Blakey big music group in the summertime of 1980 (playing baritone), performed 90 days with Clark Terry, and spent five a few months playing alto with Artwork Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1981). He mainly performed tenor and soprano while with Wynton Marsalis’ important group (1982-1985), initially sounding most inspired by Wayne Shorter but leaning even more toward John Coltrane by the end. The musical telepathy between your two brothers (who helped revive the sound from the middle-’60s Kilometers Davis Quintet) was occasionally incredible. Branford toured with Herbie Hancock’s V.S.O.P. II. in 1983 and documented with Kilometers Davis (1984’s Decoy). In 1985, when he remaining Wynton to become listed on Sting’s pop/rock and roll group, it triggered a significant (if short-term) rift along with his sibling that produced headlines. Marsalis loved using Sting but didn’t allow association trigger him to neglect his musical priorities. By 1986, he was leading his personal group which ultimately contains pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Bob Hurst, and drummer Jeff “Tain” W; sometimes the music group was a piano-less trio that basically allowed Marsalis to loosen up. After a handful of film looks (in College Daze and Toss Mama from your Teach), Branford Marsalis became a lot more of a superstar when he became a member of Jay Leno’s Tonight Display because the musical movie director in 1992. Nevertheless, being cast within the function of Leno’s sidekick rubbed against Marsalis’ character and after 2 yrs he had acquired more than enough. Branford Marsalis, who attemptedto mix jointly hip-hop and jazz in his erratic Buckshot LeFonque task, has recorded progressively for Columbia since 1983 (including a traditional established). In 2002, having still left Columbia, Marsalis produced his very own label Marsalis Music. Intended simply because a true indie label centered on supporting the introduction of music artists, Marsalis Music provides released albums by such different artists simply because guitarist/vocalist Doug Wamble, pianist/vocalist Harry Connick, Jr., saxophonist Miguel Zenón, among others. Marsalis himself also held busy releasing a small number of albums in the label including Footsteps in our Fathers, which highlighted his undertake the traditional John Coltrane structure “A Appreciate Supreme” in 2002, Romare Bearden Uncovered in 2003, Eternal in 2004, Braggtown in 2006, and Metamorphosen in ’09 2009. In 2011, Marsalis shipped the duo record Music of Mirth and Melancholy offering pianist Joey Calderazzo. Within the springtime of 2012, the Marsalis quartet — Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, as well as the youthful drummer Jason Faulkner — released Four MF’s Playin Music. Marsalis also performed a single saxophone concert at San Francisco’s Sophistication Cathedral in Oct of that season. 2 yrs and three weeks afterwards, it had been released as IN MY OWN Solitude: Live at Sophistication Cathedral by Okeh. In 2016, Marsalis shipped the quartet record Upward Spiral, offering vocalist Kurt Elling.

Quick Facts


Full Name Branford Marsalis
Profession Actor, Film Score Composer, Bandleader, Saxophonist
Education Southern University and A&M College, Berklee College of Music
Nationality American
Spouse Teresa Reese, Nicole Marsalis
Parents Ellis Marsalis Jr., Dolores Marsalis
Siblings Wynton Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mboya Kenyatta Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis III
Awards Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play
Music Groups Branford Marsalis Quartet, Buckshot LeFonque, The Jazz Messengers
Albums In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral, Romances For Saxophone, I Heard You Twice the First Time, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy, Trio Jeepy, Eternal, Romare Bearden Revealed, Music Evolution, Requiem, Random Abstract, Creation, Loved Ones, Moanin', Music From Mo' Better Blues, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk, Africaine, New York Scene, Caravan, Buttercorn Lady, Mosaic, Buhaina's Delight, Ugetsu, Indestructible, A Jazz Celebration, The Dark Keys, Bloomington, Renaissance, A Night in Tunisia, Jazz Profile: Horace Silver (No.012), Braggtown, The Steep Anthology, Classic Branford Marsalis
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album, Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Album
Movies Mo' Better Blues, Throw Momma from the Train, Eve's Bayou, School Daze, Bring On the Night, A Duo Occasion, 3 A.M., Goosed, Brooklyn Boheme, Branford Marsalis: A Love Supreme Live, Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem, Without a Pass, Warren Haynes: The Benefit Concert: Vol. 8, Black to the Promised Land, Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton, Jazz Life: Vol. 2: Mike Mainieri Group & Art Blakey, Music Meets Business, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Modern Jazz at the Village Vanguard, M'sieurs Dames
TV Shows The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Friday Night Videos


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#Fact
1 Heads the Jazz/Hip-Hop band "Buckshot Le Fonque" [1997]
2 2007: TV commercial for LouisianaTravel.com.
3 Brother of Wynton Marsalis
4 Marsalis is an accomplishment saxaphonist, and has released several jazz albums
5 Attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Harry & Branford: A Duo Occasion 2005 Video documentary music mixer / music performer
She Hate Me 2004 musician: score
Osuofia in London 2003 Video composer: stock music - uncredited
A Huey P. Newton Story 2001 TV Movie documentary musician: soprano saxophone and tenor saxophone
Once in the Life 2000 conductor / music programmer / musician: soprano saxophone / orchestrator
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-1995 TV Series musical director - 291 episodes
Malcolm X 1992 musician
Sneakers 1992 musician
The Russia House 1990 featured musician: saxophone solo
Do the Right Thing 1989 musician: tenor and soprano saxophone, The Natural Spiritual Orchestra
School Daze 1988 musician

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bi no tsubo TV Series 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Great Buck Howard 2008 performer: "Tonite Show with Jay Leno" / writer: "Tonite Show with Jay Leno"
Idool 2007 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols! 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bewitched 2005 writer: "Tonite Tonight Show Theme" - uncredited
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Harry & Branford: A Duo Occasion 2005 Video documentary performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Brown Worlds", "Occasion", "Valentine's Day", "Good to be Home", "Virgoid", "I LIke Love More", "Spot", "Steve Lacy", "Light the Way", "Chanson du Vieux Carre" / writer: "Occasion", "Steve Lacy"
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Clockers 1995 writer: "Reality Check"
Baseball TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 1994 arranger - 1 episode, 1994
Black to the Promised Land 1992 Documentary performer: "Three Little Words"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992 TV Series writer: "Tonite" - uncredited
Without a Pass 1991 music: "MURDER IN METROPOLIS" / producer: "MURDER IN METROPOLIS"
Sea of Love 1989 performer: "Lament"
School Daze 1988 "We've Already Said Goodbye Before We Said Hello"
Throw Momma from the Train 1987 writer: "LARRY'S SONG", "THE HALLOWED TALES OF DELFBEAR"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2001 TV Mini-Series Host
Eve's Bayou 1997 Harry
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1995 TV Series Branford Frog
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1994 TV Series Duane
Without a Pass 1991 Buddy Warren
Sesame Street 1991 TV Series Forrest Wimbledon
Mo' Better Blues 1990 Party Guest
School Daze 1988 Jordan
Throw Momma from the Train 1987 Lester
Saturday Night Live 1987 TV Series
Horn of Plenty 1986 TV Short Cecil

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
3 A.M. 2001
Once in the Life 2000
Goosed 1999
M'sieurs dames 1997 Short
Mr. and Mrs. Loving 1996 TV Movie
To My Daughter with Love 1994 TV Movie
Tales from the Crypt 1993 TV Series 1 episode
Black to the Promised Land 1992 Documentary
Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You 1992 Documentary
Without a Pass 1991
The Color of Love 1991
Branford Marsalis Steep 1988

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Harry & Branford: A Duo Occasion 2005 Video documentary executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton 2015 TV Series Himself
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Brooklyn Boheme 2011 Documentary Himself
Angelique Kidjo & Friends: Spirit Rising 2011 TV Movie Himself
Sting: Live in Berlin 2010 TV Special Special Guest: Saxophone
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone 2010 Documentary Himself
Top Chef 2009 TV Series Himself
When Weather Changed History 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
This Old House 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Shake the Devil Off 2007 Documentary
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-2007 TV Series Himself - Musical Director / Himself
Before the Music Dies 2006 Documentary Himself - Musician
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Saxophonist
Harry & Branford: A Duo Occasion 2005 Video documentary Saxophone
Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
K Street 2003 TV Series Himself
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton 2003 Documentary Himself
The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration 2003 TV Movie Himself
Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Howard Stern 1996 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-1995 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1994 TV Series Himself
Living Single 1994 TV Series Himself
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1994 TV Series Himself
The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song - Part I 1993 TV Movie Himself
Vicki! 1992 TV Series Himself
Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You 1992 Documentary Himself
Baroque Duet 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jazz at the Smithsonian: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 1991 Documentary Himself
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1991 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1991 TV Series Himself - Guest
Victory & Valor: Special Olympics World Games 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 1990 TV Series Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986-1989 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Branford Marsalis Steep 1988 Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1985-1988 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Bring on the Night 1985 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Making a Mark 2005 Video documentary short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Themes
2005 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Themes
2004 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Themes
2003 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Themes
2002 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Theme
2001 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Theme
2000 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Theme


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