Born: September 4 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Jack Broad was raised in a musical family in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Miami University on a music scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor Of Music degree. Jack has been fortunate to have studied music with Charlie Banacos, Mike Longo, Ben Monder, and Brad Shepik and has attended masterclasses by John Abercrombie, Frank Gambale, Andy LaVerne, Kenny Garrett, Billy Hart and Tim Hagans. Jack recently moved to the New York City area and has performed at the Knitting Factory, Kavehaz, The Supper Club, Pianos, CBGB, Sin-E, and Blues Alley (Washington D.C.), has performed with Don Braden, Bruce Arnold, Eivind Opsvik, Jon Irabagon, Jason Smart, Peter Evans, Rene Marie, Tim Kuhl, Pete Brendler, Andrew Neff, Jim Orso, Christian Fabian, Jeff Davis, Josiah Wolf, Stacey Dillard, Jason Gillenwater, rock band Aerovox and members of Alicia Keys' band and has opened shows for George Benson, Dave Mason, Kirk Whalum, Ray Obeido, and Rachelle Ferrell, as well as touring throughout the U.S., Asia, and Canada. Jack teaches guitar privately and can be heard playing in many jazz groups around the NYC area. He also just released his first CD called “Current” in September of 2008. The material was written, programmed, recorded, mixed, and produced by Jack and is currently being played on jazz and fusion radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
-Scott Albin (Jazz.com)
With a fusion-for-today mindset, savvy tech work and some imagination, New York guitarist Jack Broad amps up the cool factor on Current.This debut goes beyond the usual fretboard pyrotechnics as Broad putson a one-man show, not only laying down heated guitar licks but alsowriting, programming and delivering everything into the final product.
While the music lies in the same vein as works by well-known guitarists Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale, Current'slittle touches—such as the atmospheric electronic effects onRealm—add a psychedelic touch. That track discreetly sets up thetitle track, a composition with a sci-fi attitude, keyboards, apulsating rhythm and Broad's sharped edged guitar playing.
Broad's performance matches the music's intelligent design, from cleanor distorted riffs to intricate soloing (Emanations) to a nastymoog-synth bass and hypno-club beat on the killer Cold Cut. Tuneslike Swamp Witch have multiple-personalities—the Texas rock/bluesswagger of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a slow cooked jazz swing tempo and evena little grind-house horror movie to match.
The remainingtracks don't wane. Rise And Shine has a rock-anthem quality, whereasNever Coming Back contains shadowy contours reminiscent of PinkFloydian dreamscapes. The lighter popping themes in World Line andNu Sounds are equally hip; the former donned with odd dancesyncopation and the latter spinning a Nuevo-suave beat, a scorchingguitar solo and a closing with sampled R&B voice.
High quality composition combined with Broad's creative DIY skills, make Current a totally fun release.
-Mark F. Turner (All About Jazz)
JERSEY CITY, NJ
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.