Timeline

  • 1987
    January

    Branford hosts inaugural show of VH1’s “New Visions” series

  • 1986
    December

    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.

  • 1986
    June

    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.

  • 1985
    July

    Branford performs at the original Live Aid concert

  • 1984
    April

    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.

  • 1980
    December

    Branford lands a job with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra.

  • 1979
    September

    1979-1981

    Branford attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA

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