• 1992

    Branford becomes The Tonight Show’s music director

    Branford premieres as the music director and arranger of the band for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Branford is joined by Kenny Kirkland, Robert Hurst, Jeff "Tain" Watts, guitarist Kevin Eubanks, trombonist Matt Finders, trumpeter Sal Marquez and percussionist Vicki Randle.

  • 1992

    Branford becomes host of NPR series “JazzSet”

    Branford becomes the host of "JazzSet," a weekly NPR series produced by WBGO (88.3 FM) which features live performances by renowned jazz artists, from Nancy Wilson and Lou Rawls to Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard, throughout the world in esteemed venues and festivals

  • 1991

    The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born is released

     Produced by Delfeayo Marsalis, the CD highlights Branford in a trio setting for the first time since Trio Jeepy. Joined by Hurst and Watts, Branford has special guest performances by saxophonist Courtney Pine and Wynton Marsalis. 

  • 1991

    Two Grammy nominations

    Branford earns two Grammy nominations: "Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist" for Crazy People Music and "Best Instrumental Performance, Group" for music from Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues," featuring the Branford Marsalis Quartet with Terence Blanchard. Both albums were released in the summer of '90.

  • 1990

    Gangstarr collaboration

    "Jazz Thing," a rap performed by Gangstarr over the closing credits of Spike Lee's movie "Mo' Better Blues," is issued as a single. Co-written by Branford Marsalis and co-produced with DJ Premiere, "Jazz Thing" merges rap and jazz for the first time in a successful synergy introducing a new approach to music.

  • 1990

    Crazy People Music is released

  • 1990

    The Russia House soundtrack

    Branford is the featured performer on the score and the soundtrack album of Australian movie director Fred Schepsi's film, "The Russia House," featuring Sean Connery.