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Branford Marsalis
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Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis (born August 26, 1960) is an American jazz saxophonist.

He began his professional career in the early 1980s playing with Art Blakey's big band, Clark Terry, and Blakey's Jazz Messengers. From 1982 to 1985 he played with his brother Wynton Marsalis's group, then left to play in Sting's backup band. He also toured with Miles Davis in one of the latter's last bands. In 1986 he set up his own group. From 1992 to 1995 he was musical director of the Tonight Show Band. He then set up the Buckshot LeFonque project which intended to combine jazz with rhythm and blues, hip hop, and rock.

He is the oldest of the four Marsalis brothers, who are all jazz musicians, as is their father Ellis Marsalis.