Branford co-hosts CBS-TV special, "The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy In Song," celebrating 50 years of classic Disney film music (airs Feb. '93)
New blues album by Branford is released, Branford is featured soloist on movie soundtrack
I Heard You Twice The First Time, highly-anticipated blues album released. It features the saxophonist's staunch and acclaimed rhythm section with pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Robert Hurst and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts." Also highlighted are B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Wynton Marsalis, Wes Anderson, Russell Malone and Linda Hopkins.
Branford is the featured soloist on the soundtrack of the movie "Sneakers," starring actor Robert Redford.
Documentary about Branford is released
"The Music Tells You," a documentary-style feature, is commercially released. The films follows the consummate artist in a variety of settings including in concert, recording, teaching and in interviews. Special appearances are made by Sting, Jerry Garcia and Bruce Hornsby.
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.
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
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.
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.