Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis

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Name: Branford Marsalis
Occupation: Saxophonist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: August 26, 1960
Age: 62
Birth Place: Breaux Bridge, United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis was born on August 26, 1960 in Breaux Bridge, United States (62 years old). Branford Marsalis is a Saxophonist, zodiac sign: Virgo. Find out Branford Marsalisnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He worked on The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Sting's first solo project.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$5 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

He toured Europe with Art Blakey during his time at the Berklee College of Music.

Biography Timeline


In 1985, he joined Sting, singer and bassist of rock band the Police, he played at Live Aid on the 13th of July. on his first solo project, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, alongside jazz and session musicians Omar Hakim on drums, Darryl Jones on the bass and Kenny Kirkland on keyboards. He became a regular in Sting's line-up both in the studio and live up until the release of Brand New Day in 1999.


In 1986, Marsalis formed the Branford Marsalis Quartet with pianist Kirkland, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts and bass player Robert Hurst. That year, they released their first album, Royal Garden Blues. That lineup of the quartet would go on to release four more albums, the last of which, I Heard You Twice the First Time (1992), won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group.


In 1988, 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. In 1989, Marsalis played a 30 second cover of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" over the opening logos of Lee's film Do the Right Thing.


Between 1990 and 1994, Branford played with the Grateful Dead numerous times, and appeared on their 1990 live album Without a Net.


In 1992, Marsalis became the leader of the Tonight Show Band on the newly-launched The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, after Jay Leno replaced Johnny Carson. Initially, Marsalis turned down the offer, but later reconsidered and accepted the position. He brought with him the three other members of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, who became the Tonight Show Band's pianist, drummer and bass player, respectively.


In 1994, Marsalis formed the group Buckshot LeFonque (named after a pseudonym once used by Cannonball Adderley), a jazz group with elements of rock and hip-hop. That year, they released their first album, Buckshot LeFonque, which was mostly produced by DJ Premier.

In 1994, Marsalis appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The album, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic in African American society, was named Album of the Year by Time.


In 1995, Marsalis left The Tonight Show, having become unhappy in the role: he disliked that he was supposed to always show enthusiasm, even for jokes he thought were unfunny. He was succeeded as bandleader by guitarist Kevin Eubanks. In a well-publicized interview soon after leaving, Marsalis said, "The job of musical director I found out later was just to kiss the ass of the host, and I ain't no ass kisser." He also complained that when he did not laugh or smile, some viewers' perception was, "Oh, he’s surly. He hates his boss." When the interviewer asked if Marsalis did hate Leno, Marsalis responded, "Oh, I despised him." He later stated that he did not hate Leno, and that this was a sarcastic response to what he considered "a ridiculous question".


In 1997, bassist Eric Revis replaced Hurst in the Branford Marsalis Quartet. Kirkland died the following year, and was replaced by pianist Joey Calderazzo. The Branford Marsalis Quartet has since toured and recorded extensively. For two decades Marsalis was associated with Columbia, where he served as creative consultant and producer for jazz recordings between 1997 and 2001, including signing saxophonist David S. Ware for two albums.


In 2002, Marsalis founded his own label, Marsalis Music. Its catalogue includes Claudia Acuña, Harry Connick Jr., Doug Wamble, Miguel Zenón, in addition to albums by members of the Marsalis family.


Marsalis has also become involved in college education, with appointments at Michigan State University (1996–2000), San Francisco State University (2000–2002), and North Carolina Central University (2005–present). After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., working with the local Habitat for Humanity, created Musicians Village in New Orleans, with the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music the centerpiece.


Marsalis and the members of his quartet joined the North Carolina Symphony for American Spectrum, released in February 2009 by Sweden's BIS Records. The album showcases Marsalis and the orchestra performing a range of American music by Michael Daugherty, John Williams, Ned Rorem and Christopher Rouse, while being conducted by Grant Llewellyn.


On July 14, 2010, Marsalis made his debut with the New York Philharmonic on Central Park's Great Lawn. Led by conductor Andrey Boreyko, Marsalis and the New York Philharmonic performed Glazunov's "Concerto for Alto Saxophone" and Schuloff's "Hot-Sonate for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra." Boreyko, Marsalis and the Philharmonic performed the same program again in Vail, CO later that month and four more times at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, NY the following February.


In June 2011, after working together for over 10 years in a band setting, Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo released their first duo album titled Songs of Mirth and Melancholy, on Branford's label, Marsalis Music. Their first public performance was at the 2011 TD Toronto Jazz Festival.


In 2012, Branford Marsalis released Four MFs Playin' Tunes on deluxe 180-gram high definition vinyl, prior to Record Store Day 2012 on April 21, 2012. This is the first recording of the Branford Marsalis Quartet with drummer Justin Faulkner, who joined the band in 2009, and was the first vinyl release from Marsalis Music. The album was named Apple iTunes Best of 2012 Instrumental Jazz Album of the Year.


In 2019 Marsalis released The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul, which he recorded in Australia with his quartet. Marsalis, commenting on the longevity of his band and their approach said, ahead of the album's release: '“Staying together allows us to play adventurous, sophisticated music and sound good. Lack of familiarity leads to defensive playing, playing not to make a mistake. I like playing sophisticated music, and I couldn’t create this music with people I don’t know.”

Family Life

Branford was born into a musical family: his mother, Dolores, was a pianist and his father, Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr., was a music professor and jazz musician. Branford's brothers, Jason, Wynton, Ellis III, and Delfeayo, were also well-known jazz musicians.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Branford Marsalis is 62 years, 3 months and 10 days old. Branford Marsalis will celebrate 63rd birthday on a Saturday 26th of August 2023. Below we countdown to Branford Marsalis upcoming birthday.


Recent Birthday Highlights

59th birthday - Monday, August 26, 2019

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HAPPY 59th BIRTHDAY Branford Marsalis, saxophonist, composer and bandleader. From 1992 to 1995, Branford was the leader of the Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.He has been cited as...

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58th birthday - Sunday, August 26, 2018

Dead & Company Closes LOCKN' With Branford Marsalis For Final Performance Of 2018 [Full Video]

Dead & Company closed out LOCKN's 2018 schedule—and their own 2018 touring schedule—by welcoming Branford Marsalis for a thrilling collaborative set.

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57th birthday - Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dizzy Gillespie

Happy 57th birthday to Branford Marsalis, who played on the album 'Closer to the Source' with Dizzy Gillespie

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55th birthday - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

For Branford Marsalis’ 55th Birthday, A DownBeat Feature From 2008

For Branford Marsalis’ 55th birthday, here’s the final cut of a DownBeat feature that I wrote about him in 2008, and a link to an uncut Blindfold Test that we did in 2002. _ _ _ _ _ _ _…

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51st birthday - Friday, August 26, 2011

Blindfold Test (Uncut) From 2002 With Branford Marsalis, Who Turned 51 Yesterday

Anyone who knows Branford Marsalis, even a little bit, knows that he is never loath to speak his mind. That being said, Marsalis—who celebrated his 51st birthday a day early at the unveiling …

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