Branford Marsalis Quartet


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As a leading light of the contemporary American jazz scene, Branford Marsalis has performed alongside Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Herbie Hancock and led his quartet to three Grammy Awards. Born into a family of jazz musicians, Marsalis studied music at Berkeley College before beginning his career by touring Europe with Art Blakey's big band and playing tenor sax in his brother Wynton's quintet. After working with Sting, he formed the Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kenny Kirkland (piano), Bob Hurst (bass) and Tain Watts (drums) and released debut album Scenes In The City (1984), but Marsalis really came to mainstream recognition when he became bandleader for TV's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They teamed up with B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Rip Tip Johnson for the album I Heard You Twice The First Time (1992) and won great acclaim for Contemporary Jazz (2000). Later records Eternal (2003) and Braggtown (2004) experimented with bebop, modern and high tempo dance styles.

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