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Wasn't Branford Marsalis also a sideman for the Grateful Dead? _Eyes of the World_ from the live album _Without a Net_? Awesome job, too.
The album The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration was not published under Branford's name and is therefore not part of his discography.
Grammar and POV:
This sentence needs some work:
"He is the oldest of the six Marsalis brothers, four of whom are jazz musicians, as is their father Ellis Marsalis. He is most prominently known in jazz as a tenor and soprano saxophonist and a most talented brilliant musical innovator among his brothers."
I'm anything but a Wynton Marsalis partisan, but it's hard to say categorically that Branford is more talented than Wynton, or even more innovative. They both have a lot of accomplishments under their belts. Branford is obviously less polarizing than Wynton, and comes accross as a likeable, regular guy in a way that Wynton doesn't. For many serious jazz fans, Wynton was long seen as a reactionary and somewhat undeserving of his role as jazz's ambassador to the non-jazz-loving masses. But Wynton once upon a time had the good taste and leadship ability to hire a killer post-bop band (Kirkland, Watts, Hurst, Branford) that really did deserve to make recordings and get national press, despite being in their early twenties. And Wynton has tried to reinvigorate some of the pre-bop jazz language (New Orleans sounds in particular) that isn't touched much by his contemporaries, whether they are "Young Lions" or "Downtowner". To sum up, neither Wynton nor Branford have really concerned themselves with musical innovation at the expense of all else; they both mix up their own compositions and language with jazz traditions.
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The Tonight Show
No explanation of why he left the Tonight Show? I thought there had been some controversy surrounding his departure, which would certainly be notable enough to include here. --ScreaminEagle 20:26, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
I agree. Wasn't that Marsalis felt like he had to clap and laugh at Jay's jokes and play buddy sidekick to the host, like a trained seal, and felt that he was too good for this? I recall an arrogance factor (But, that's an opinion; not suitable for a Wikipedia) entry and vaguely remember that being mentioned by otehrs. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Macshill (talk • contribs) 06:29, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
An interview Marsalis gave to Jet magazine as a reliable source: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-17639277.html
I understand not applying Category: Tonight SHow to this article. But I feel a succession box should be added to maintain the continuity between Doc Severinsen and Kevin Eubanks. Any objections? --Manway (talk) 05:02, 31 May 2009 (UTC)
Have deleted the following:
Among other endorsees such as Gerald Albright and Pete Christlib, Cannonball has found it's way into the hands of many high profile sax artists, taking the place of vintage Selmer, Yamaha and Yanagisawa horns. Branford plays a Cannonball Big-Bell Stone Series "Raven" Alto (Model A5B-ICE-B) in frosted black-nickel featuring a new "Fat-Neck" design which is a silver plated lightweight, large-bore neck with an underslung octave mechanism and an octave pip located on the bottom of the neck.
- I don't think we need to specify he is an endorsee, but there is a parameter in infoboxes for notable instruments the musician is known to use. I think it is okay to include specific models in the biography he is known to use, see . (Mind meal (talk) 17:22, 6 May 2008 (UTC))
- The Cannonball Raven has had a few revisions. The current model that Branford plays is the A5. The infobox should reflect specifically the A5B-ICE-B as the BICEB refers to a series of horns. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 14:34, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
- Why is everything italicized?
- What's the thought on having ablums chronologically as opposed to reverse chronological?
Live Aid 85
I think this guy was playing saxophone with Sting and Phil Collins at several songs at Live Aid 85, maybe with other artists as well. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 07:17, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
Association with Sting
During 1985, Branford (along with Omar Hakim, and Kenny Kirkland) joined Sting after the Police broke up & Sting started his solo career. This was documented in Stings video 'Bring on the Night'