Career Musical beginnings: Other big band experiences with Lionel Hampton and Clark Terry followed over the next year, and by the end of Marsalis, on alto saxophone , had joined his brother Wynton in Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Career Musical beginnings: Other big band experiences with Lionel Hampton and Clark Terry followed over the next year, and by the end of Marsalis, on alto saxophone , had joined his brother Wynton in Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Other performances with his brother, including a Japanese tour with Herbie Hancock , led to the formation of his brother Wynton's first quintet , where Marsalis shifted his emphasis to soprano and tenor saxophones.
He continued to work with Wynton until , a period that also saw the release of his own first recording, Scenes in the City, as well as guest appearances with other artists including Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie Expanded output: He became a regular in Sting's line-up both in the studio and live up until the release of Brand New Day in In , Marsalis co-starred in the Spike Lee film School Daze , also rendering several horn-blowing interludes for the music in the film.
His witty comments have pegged him to many memorable one-liners in the film. Initially, he turned down the offer, but later reconsidered and accepted the position. He was succeeded as bandleader by guitarist Kevin Eubanks.
Between and , Branford played with the Grateful Dead several times. His primary interest since has been on his quartet, classical performance, and education. The Branford Marsalis Quartet has toured and recorded extensively, receiving a Grammy in for the album Contemporary Jazz. For two decades Marsalis was associated with Columbia , where he served as creative consultant and producer for jazz recordings between and , including signing saxophonist David S.
Ware for two albums. In October and November , Marsalis toured the U. This project commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the composer's death.
In , Marsalis and Connick received the S. During his acceptance ceremony, he was honored with a tribute performance featuring music from throughout his career.
This project commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the revered Brazilian composer s death. This is the first recording of the Branford Marsalis Quartet with drummer Justin Faulkner, who joined the band in and was the first vinyl release from Marsalis Music.
Vinyl purchases came with a download card that enabled purchasers to receive a free digital copy when it was released. Instruments and setup Soprano: His most famous soprano has been a silver Selmer Mark VI with a modified bent neck.
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