Alan Broadbent

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Alan Broadbent
Birth name Alan Leonard Broadbent
Born (1947-04-23) 23 April 1947 (age 70)
Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, arranger, composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1974–present
Labels Granite, Trend, Concord Jazz
Associated acts Charlie Haden, Natalie Cole, Lennie Kesl

Alan Leonard Broadbent MNZM (born 23 April 1947) is a New Zealand jazz pianist, arranger, and composer known for his work with artists such as Charlie Haden, Woody Herman, Chet Baker, Irene Kral, Sheila Jordan, Natalie Cole, Warne Marsh, Bud Shank, and many others.

Early life

Born in Auckland in 1947, Broadbent studied piano and music theory in his own country, but in 1966 went to the United States to study at the Berklee College of Music.[1]

Later life and career

Broadbent's first professional job was in a jazz trio with bassist Kevin Haines and drummer Tony Hopkins at Club 81 in Auckland, New Zealand, in the mid-1960s.

Broadbent's first two albums, Song of Home and Further Down the Road, were recorded in 1985 in New Zealand on the Tartar label. He is joined on those recordings by Andy Brown (bass) and Frank Gibson, Jr. (drums). Those early albums show a fascination with reinterpreting standards. He covers material such as as "What is this Thing Called Love?" by Cole Porter and "Oleo" by Sonny Rollins. Everything I Love (Discovery, 1986), his first U.S. album, was recorded in Hollywood with Putter Smith on bass. He covered the standards "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" by Oscar Hammerstein II and "Lazy Bird" by John Coltrane, in addition to two of his own compositions, "Continuity" and "Mendocino Nights".

During the 1990s, he recorded on Natalie Cole's album Unforgettable... with Love, then became her pianist and conductor for the tour. His arrangement for her video "When I Fall in Love" won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal.[2] Also during the 1990s, he recorded on the album Quartet West by Charlie Haden.[3] Around this time he won a Grammy Award for his arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "Lonely Town" that was recorded by Shirley Horn. He wrote arrangements for Glenn Frey's album After Hours and for Paul McCartney's album Kisses on the Bottom. He has worked as conductor for Diana Krall.[2]

In the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours Broadbent was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to jazz.[4]

In the November 2013 issue of Down Beat magazine, his trio album Heart to Heart received a five-star rating.


As a trio, duo or solo artist

  • 1979 Alan Broadbent Palette (Granite)
  • 1984 Alan Broadbent Trio Song of Home (Kiwi Pacific)
  • 1985 Alan Broadbent Trio Song of Home (Tartar)
  • 1985 Alan Broadbent Trio (Broadbent / Brown / Gibson) Further Down the Road (Tartar)
  • 1986 Alan Broadbent Trio Everything I Love (Discovery)
  • 1987 Alan Broadbent Trio Another Time (Trend)
  • 1989 Alan Broadbent Trio Away From You (Trend)
  • 1991 Alan Broadbent Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Vol. 14 (Concord Jazz)
  • 1993 Alan Broadbent / Gary Foster Live at Maybeck Recital Hall
  • 1993 Alan Broadbent / Gary Foster Concord Duo Series, Vol. 4 (Concord Jazz)
  • 1994 Alan Broadbent Trio Over the Fence (Ode)
  • 1995 Alan Broadbent Pacific Standard Time (Concord)
  • 1997 Alan Broadbent Trio Personal Standards (Concord Jazz) (Grammy Nomination (Best Composition "Every Time I Think Of You")
  • 2000 Alan Broadbent Continuity (Revelation) (third album as a leader)
  • 2003 Alan Broadbent You And the Night and The Music (A440 Music Group) (Grammy Nomination (Best Improv. Solo "What's New")
  • 2003 Alan Broadbent Fine and Dandy (Manu) (as a quartet with George Chisholm (trumpet, flugelhorn), Andy Brown (bass), Frank Gibson (drums))
  • 2004 Lee Konitz with Alan Broadbent More Live-Lee (Milestone) (recorded live at the Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, oct. 2000)
  • 2005 Alan Broadbent 'Round Midnight (Artistry Music) (Grammy Nomination (Best Improv. Solo "Round Midnight")
  • 2005 Alan Broadbent With Strings (King Japan)
  • 2006 Alan Broadbent (with strings) Every Time I Think of You (Artistry Music)
  • 2007 Alan Broadbent Trio Over The Fence
  • 2009 Broadbent / Gibson / Smith Together Again
  • 2009 Alan Broadbent Trio Moment's Notice (Chilly Bin)
  • 2010 Alan Broadbent Trio Live at Giannelli Square, Vol. 1 (Chilly Bin) (Grammy Nomination (Best Improv. Solo "Solar")
  • 2012 Alan Broadbent Heart to Heart - recorded live on 28 August at Classic Pianos, Portland, OR
  • 2014 Alan Broadbent with the NDR Bigband America the Beautiful (Jan Matthies Records)
  • 2017 Alan Broadbent and Georgia Mancio Songbook (Roomspin Records)
  • 2017 Alan Broadbent with the London Metropolitan Orchestra at Abbey Road Developing Story (Eden River Records)

As sideman or arranger

With Natalie Cole

  • Unforgettable (1991)
  • Take a Look (1993)
  • Holly and Ivy (1994)
  • Stardust (1996)
  • Ask a Woman Who Knows (2002)
  • Still Unforgettable (2008)

With Michael Feinstein

  • Isn't It Romantic (1988)
  • The M.G.M. Album (1989)
  • Such Sweet Sorrow (1995)

With Charlie Haden

With Scott Hamilton

  • 1993 Scott Hamilton with Strings
  • 1997 Christmas Love Song
  • 1997 Late Night Christmas Eve

With Woody Herman

  • 1961 Hits of Woody Herman
  • 1971 Brand New
  • 1971 Woody
  • 1973 Giant Steps
  • 1974 Thundering Herd
  • 1975 Herd at Montreux
  • 1979 Woody and Friends at the Monterey Jazz Festival

With Irene Kral

With others

See also


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Alan Broadbent: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Alan Broadbent". Alan Broadbent. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Haunted Heart". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2008". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Alan Broadbent | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 

External links

  • New England Jazz History Database - Audio Interviews
  • Official website
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