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.
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.
Showtime movie, "Mr. & Mrs. Loving," for which Branford wrote the score, is premiered. The movie stars Lela Rochon and Tim Robbins.
Loved Ones, Branford's collaborative duet with father/pianist Ellis Marsalis, is released.
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."
Buckshot LeFonque launches worldwide tour in support of debut album, including a performance in Washington, DC as part of the 20th Annual Earth Day.
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.