Seeing Wynton Marsalis on the Grammy's in the early 80's really kicked my dabbling interest in jazz into overdrive. Here was a young man, my age, playing jazz and classical music at a high level. I have seen Wynton and Branford Marsalis many times over the past 30 years, and have all their albums. For a long time, Branford was my favorite. More recently, I've been appreciating Wynton's composing and arranging for large groups. While both Wynton and Branford were outspoken early on, that has been tempered for some time. I do not reccall Wynton making a negative remark about "fusion" for at least 20 years. And during the 80's & 90's there was a lot of watered down "quiet storm" music parading around as "jazz" for folks who had not developed an ear for bebop and its iterations. Branford is still very outspoken, and right on target IMO. The hype for Wynton and Branford was good for jazz, IMO, in that it spawned a generation of players who focused on the basics, like their predecessors did. Learning standards, playing in groups, touring, and learning from the more experienced players. The hype also led to major label record interest in jazz in the late 80's through the 1990's, that had not been there for a long time. Columbia, Blue Note, RCA, Verve, and other big record company subsidiaries, had decent sized rosters of artists (some young, some old) and the budget for good recordings and larger ensembles. In addition to the Wynton and Branford's large Columbia catalogs, we now have large catalogs from (then) up and comers like Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Geri Allen, Terence Blanchard, James Carter, Greg Osby, Joshua Redman, Renee Rosnes, Bobby Watson, Cassandra Wilson. The major label interest in the up & comers coincided with major label support for significant runs of albums by veterans such as Charlie Haden, Randy Weston, Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln. Joe Henderson, Ahmad Jamal, J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, and this was quite a blessing. Which major music companies are supporting the jazz veterans of today? Meanwhile, Wynton's leadership led to Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and its home in NYC. Wynton has been a tireless educator, and earlier in his career, a road warrior. Branford took side gigs in Sting's band (which also piqued my interest in the 80's), and gave jazz some good exposure as the Tonight Show and leader in the earl 1990's. The Marsalis brothers have had interesting and long careers, with good contributions to jazz.