Branford MarsalisJazz Musician
Born: 26 August 1960
Birthplace: Beaux Bridge, Louisiana
Best known as: Jazz saxophonist and brother of Wynton Marsalis
Branford is part of the musical Marsalis family, which includes his slightly-more-famous brother Wynton
and slightly-less-famous father Ellis. Branford is best known as a jazz saxophonist and bandleader, but has also made a splash in other genres: in 1985 he joined a backing band for rock star Sting
(recording the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles
) and in 1992 he signed on as bandleader for Jay Leno
's version of The Tonight Show
. Branford has sometimes been criticized in jazz circles for not being a purist in the vein of his brother Wynton. Branford won Grammy awards for best jazz instrumental (1993) and best pop instrumental (1994).
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