Timeline

  • 1999
    February

    Now in its eighth season, Branford Marsalis' popular syndicated National Public Radio (NPR) program, "JazzSet," wins annual Achievement in Radio Award (AIR) for "Best Syndicated Show."

  • 1999
    January

    Branford Marsalis' first project as producer and creative consultant for Columbia Jazz, David Sanchez's Obsesión, is nominated for a Grammy in "Best Latin Jazz Performance" category.

  • 1998
    April

    Branford makes a long awaited performance at the Blue Note in Japan with his quartet, performing at the venue for the first time in nearly a decade.

  • 1997
    December

    Delivers the commencement speech to graduating members of the Michigan State University community and receives honorary degree in acknowledgment of his achievements.

  • 1997
    November

    National release of director Kasi Lemmons' debut film, "Eve's Bayou," in which the multi-faceted saxophonist portrays a poignant cameo role. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Morgan, Lynn Whitfield, Lisa Nicole Carson, and others

  • 1997
    August

    In an historic decision, Columbia Records president Donnie Ienner names Branford Marsalis as the creative consultant to Columbia Jazz. Branford's new role makes him instrumental in shaping the creative direction of the label through the signing of new talent and providing creative input to current artist roster.

  • 1997
    April

    Buckshot LeFonque's second CD, Music Evolution, is released worldwide.

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