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A musical Marsalis was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, on this day in 1960. His parents — Dolores and Ellis Marsalis — named him Branford, and he would grow up to play saxophone alongside Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and many other greats. A member of that many call “first family of jazz” with his dad Ellis and brothers Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason, here he talks about playing with a jazzy, improvisational combo called the Grateful Dead.