About Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis, the acclaimed NEA Jazz Master saxophonist, triple Grammy laureate and a Tony Award nominee, is one of the most respected musicians of our time. He is constantly developing his skills as an instrumentalist, composer and head of the Marsalis Music label, which he founded in 2002. In 1986 the artist created his own quartet and has always (despite a few small breaks in the early years of the band’s activity) treated it as his main means of expression. Branford Marsalis gained recognition by working with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Wynton Marsalis' quintet in the early 1980s. He then performed and recorded with jazz giants: Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Hancock and Sonny Rollins. He has also collaborated with artists representing other musical styles, including Sting, Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby. His broad interests are reflected in his explorations in film, radio and television. In the early 1990s, for two years Branford Marsalis was music director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The artist has also played in popular films: Throw Momma from the Train and School Daze, wrote the music for Mo' Better Blues and other productions and hosted the consortium program Jazz Set National Public Radio.