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      Branford Marsalis

      Branford Marsalis

      Highest Rated: 97% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)

      Lowest Rated: 28% Once in the Life (2000)

      Birthday: Aug 26, 1960

      Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

      The son of a jazz singer and a music professor born into a family of noted jazz musicians, Branford Marsalis grew up always around instruments, leading him to the Berklee College of Music in his late teens. Before he was done with school, he started touring with Art Blakey playing saxophone. That experience led to more work in the early 1980s with a legion of acclaimed jazz musicians including Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie. In this time, he put out his first solo album, Scenes in the City, and was a part of a variety of other projects, with his high-profile work on Sting's debut solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles making him nearly as well-known as his elder brother Wynton Marsalis. 1986 saw Marsalis' first Grammy nomination for his third album Royal Garden Blues. In 1990, Marsalis played live with the Grateful Dead in what became a legendary improvised performance. He was the bandleader for the first three years of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC 1992-2014) before ceding the bandleader chair to guitarist Kevin Eubanks; the same year, he won his first Grammy award for I Heard You Twice the First Time. For a few years, he headed up the band Buckshot LeFonque, which combined jazz and rock for a unique sound. However, by the late '90s, Marsalis focused more on classically inspired works, eschewing rock accents for large symphonic orchestras. He was a regular nominee at the Grammys, earning two more wins over a span of two decades. In 2010, his work on the music for the revival of the play Fences earned him a Tony nomination.

      Highest rated movies

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      Mo' Better Blues
      Throw Momma From the Train poster
      Throw Momma From the Train
      School Daze poster
      School Daze

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      Movies

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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellis Self - 2022
      97% 72% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Original Music - 2020
      67% No Score Yet Oscar Peterson: Black + White Self - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Branford Marsalis: The Sound Illusionist Self - 2016
      No Score Yet 56% Brooklyn Boheme Unknown (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton Unknown (Character) - 2003
      28% 56% Once in the Life Original Music $53.5K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You Unknown (Character) - 1992
      72% 75% Mo' Better Blues Party Guest (Character) $15.9M 1990
      57% 79% School Daze Jordam (Character) $11.7M 1988
      64% 54% Throw Momma From the Train Lester (Character) $54.4M 1987
      No Score Yet 78% Bring on the Night Unknown (Character) $1.9M 1985

      TV

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      No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Ghost: Coast to Coast Guest 1994
      No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Guest 1994
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1994