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.
Branford wins Grammy in "Best Pop Instrumental Performance" with Bruce Hornsby for his single "Barcelona Mona." He also performs on hip-hop star Guru's Jazzmatazz and participates on A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield, collaborating with the Impressions.
Branford composes and performs new music for NBC-TV/Disney original movie of the week, "To My Daughter With Love," directed by Kevin Hooks
Hit GRP Records sampler, Red, Hot & Cool, features Branford's rendition of the John Coltrane classic, "A Love Supreme"
Proceeds benefit the Red Hot Organization and their mission to promote awareness of AIDS through popular culture.
Bloomington is released, Buckshot LeFonque project begins
Release of Bloomington, a spectacular live album recorded at Indiana University in Bloomington(the same concert is featured in the film "The Music Tells You"). The album is hailed by brother Delfeayo as Branford's "most important jazz record". On the album, Branford is joined only by the rhythm section of Hurst and Watts in a truly elctrifying performance.
The first sessions for the debut Buckshot LeFonque project get underway.
Branford wins Grammy for I Heard You Twice The First Time
Branford's CD, I Heard You Twice The First Time, wins a Grammy in "Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group."