Grateful Dead Welcomes Branford Marsalis In 1990

One of the most memorable and successful collaborations the Grateful Dead facilitated during their storied career was the welcoming of saxophonist Branford Marsalis to share the stage with the iconic band. The former The Tonight Show bandleader made his debut with the Dead at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on this date 26 years ago.

Holding the second show of three-night stand at the arena, Marsalis emerged for the penultimate song of the first set, augmenting a take on “Bird Song.” He then returned to sit-in for the entire second set, including the exquisite opening “Eyes Of The World” which was later issued on the 1990 live LP Without A Net and an exploratory performance of “Dark Star.” The entire performance was recently officially released by Rhino Records as Wake Up to Find Out.

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