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Sibling Revelry

The Marsalis brothers -- How to tell musicians Wynton and Branford Marsalis apart

Having trouble telling the high-profile Marsalis brothers — Wynton, 31, and Branford, 32 — apart? Use this quick checklist to make sure you're watching who you think you are. But be careful: There are four more brothers (Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya, and Jason) and their father, Ellis, 58, who's a jazz pianist and — what else? — a music teacher.

INSTRUMENT
Wynton: Trumpet. Branford: Sax.

PERSONALITY
Wynton: The serious one. Branford: The loose one.

NUMBER OF GRAMMYS WON
Wynton: Eight. Branford: Zero.

CONTROVERSY
Wynton: ''Pure jazz'' advocate, often criticized as stuffy. Branford: Scandalized the jazz world in 1985 by playing with Sting.

RAP STANCE
Wynton: ''Someone cursing over a beat.'' Branford: Played on Public Enemy's ''Fight the Power.''

MOST VISIBLE GIG
Wynton: Artistic director of classical jazz at Lincoln Center. Branford: Musical director of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

DRESS STYLE
Wynton: Dapper Armani. Branford: Natty, but recently wore a bikini on Leno's show.

Originally posted Feb 19, 1993 Published in issue #158 Feb 19, 1993 Order article reprints