Branford hosts inaugural show of VH1’s “New Visions” series
Royal Garden Blues is released
Royal Garden Blues is released. This album is produced by Branford's younger brother, Delfeayo, and features his father, pianist Ellis Marsalis, on one of the tracks.
Romances For Saxophone is released
Branford's successful Romances For Saxophone is issued. Recorded with producer Mowery and the English chamber Orchestra, featuring the music of Faure, Ravel, Debussy and others.
Branford performs at the original Live Aid concert
First album as bandleader is released
Branford releases Columbia debut, Scenes In The City. It's the first jazz production by renowned classical producer Thomas Mowrey. Title track (composed and recorded over 20 years before by Charles Mingus) turns into a nocturnal celebration of the jazzman's lifestyle.
Branford lands a job with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra.
Branford attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA