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Alan Broadbent

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”.

Shortly after, he became a member of Charlie Haden's Quartet West, touring the festivals of Europe, UK and the USA. It was while with this group that he won his second Grammy, an orchestral accompaniment written for Shirley Horn of Leonard Bernstein's “Lonely Town”. As a soloist and with his jazz trio, Broadbent has been nominated for Grammys twice for best instrumental performance, in the company of such artists as Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and Keith Jarrett. In 2007 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, an honor he holds in high regard.

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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.”
—-JazzTimes

“compelling...the New Zealand-born pianist sparks highly original conversations between his hands.”
—-Downbeat
Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

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As a professor of jazz studies at NYU I am also making myself available for teaching private students via Skype or Zoom. Lessons can be any combination of the following: 1. Jazz improvisation on any instrument, but mainly piano, with an emphasis on jazz time and note to note improvisation as revolutionized by Bud Powell and Charlie Parker. 2. Jazz harmony and its related scales; how to build chords and apply appropriate voice leading. 3. A study of standard songs, including jazz standards and their structures; composing in the style, so as to develop one’s own compositional voice. 4. Big band orchestration and composition. 5. Arranging for singers; small group, big band and orchestra. 6. Symphonic orchestration. 7. Informal study and discussion of the 10 symphonies of Gustav Mahler, their composition and orchestration. If you are interested, please write a message using the contact form on my website and I’ll let you know how we can proceed. Alan

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Quiet Is The Star

Roomspin Records
2021

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New York Notes

Savant Records
2019

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Songbook

Roomspin Records
2017

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Developing Story

Eden River Records
2017

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Songbook

Roomspin Records
2017

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Just One of those...

Edition Longplay
2014

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