Timeline

  • 1996
    November

    Branford accepts a position as the first appointee to the Catherine Herrick Cobb Distinguished Lectureship at Michigan University. He extends his year-long agreement, becoming a part-time faculty member and advisor. He continued in this capacity through Spring, 2000.

  • 1996
    October

    Release of Dark Keys marks Marsalis' first recording in the jazz trio format since his acclaimed 1993 album, Bloomington. The album is described as a wonderment of texture, mood, and air-tight ensemble performance and receives critical acclaim from musicians and critics alike.

  • 1996
    March

    Showtime movie, "Mr. & Mrs. Loving," for which Branford wrote the score, is premiered. The movie stars Lela Rochon and Tim Robbins.

  • 1996
    January

    Loved Ones, Branford's collaborative duet with father/pianist Ellis Marsalis, is released.

  • 1995
    February

    Branford is nominated for yet another Grammy with Bruce Hornsby in the category of "Best Instrumental Performance" for their stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" which the duo performed for Ken Burns' memorable PBS series "Baseball."

  • 1995
    January

    Buckshot LeFonque launches worldwide tour in support of debut album, including a performance in Washington, DC as part of the 20th Annual Earth Day.

  • 1994
    August

    Branford releases the self-titled debut album from his newly formed Buckshot LeFonque (named after a pseudonym used by Cannonball Adderly in the 50's). An eclectic blend of rock, R&B, hip-hop and blues with a jazz sensibility, this project features artists such as DJ Premiere, poet Maya Angelou, the late blues guitarist Albert Collins and others.

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