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.
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.
Delivers the commencement speech to graduating members of the Michigan State University community and receives honorary degree in acknowledgment of his achievements.
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
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.
Buckshot LeFonque's second CD, Music Evolution, is released worldwide.
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.