Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1966, at the age of 19, received a Downbeat Magazine scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1969 he was asked to join Woody Herman's band as his pianist and arranger for 3 years. In 1972 he settled in Los Angeles, beginning a musical relationship with the legendary singer Irene Kral (no relation to Diana Krall). Soon he was also invited into the studio scene as a pianist for the great Nelson Riddle, David Rose and Johnny Mandel. In the early 90s he was asked to be a part of Natalie Cole's famous Unforgettable cd, at which time he toured as her pianist and, a little while later, as her conductor. At this time he wrote an orchestral arrangement for her second video with her dad, When I Fall In Love, which won him his first Grammy for best orchestral arrangement accompanying a vocal.
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Alan Broadbent in Brooklyn: A Close Encounter with a Jazz Titan
—-Gig review, Allen Morrison, DownBeat Magazine, 8. April 2014
The gossamer orchestrations by two heavyweights - Johnny Mandel and Alan Broadbent - float like milkweed behind Mr. McCartney's voice.
—-Review for Sir Paul McCartney's new CD, -Kisses on the Bottom-, Stephen Holden, The New York Times, 6. February 2012
He makes damn fine piano trio records, one after the other, but they only hint at his live persona.
—-Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes, January/February 2009
one of the major keyboard figures of the day.
compelling...the New Zealand-born pianist sparks highly original conversations between his hands.