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Branford Marsalis opens UAFS Season of Entertainment / Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Branford Marsalis grew up the oldest of six brothers in 1960s and '70s New Orleans. And music, he says, was last on his list of potential career choices. But the musician opening the UAFS Season of Entertainment on Thursday seems to be a very serious man -- not just about jazz music, for which he is considered "arguably the most respected living U.S. jazz instrumentalist," but about what he considers real. Growing up with a pianist and music professor father and jazz singer mother, "music was last on my list" of potential careers, Marsalis admits.

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