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Classical Musicians of African Descent

Branford Marsalis, saxophone/composer

Branford Marsalis

Three-time Grammy Award® winning saxophonist, composer, bandleader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet and head of Marsalis Music (the label he founded in 2002), Branford Marsalis frequently performs as a soloist with classical ensembles including the Chicago, Detroit, Düsseldorf and North Carolina Symphonies and the Boston Pops, with a growing repertoire that includes compositions by Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem and Vaughn Williams.

Making his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic in the summer of 2010, Marsalis was again invited to join them as soloist in their 2010‐2011 concert series. In 2020, Marsalis composed score and released soundtrack for Netflix Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and the following year, he composed the score for the History Channel’s documentary, "Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre."