Branford Marsalis
Born: 1960

Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and
educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton,
Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then
the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in
local bands. A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave him the basic
tools to obtain his first major jobs, with trumpet legend Clark Terry and alongside… Continue

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