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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.

Broadbent is Diana Krall's conductor for her occasional orchestra concerts and is the conductor on her "Live in Paris" DVD. Recently he has been the arranger on Glenn Frey's cd with strings, "After Hours", and wrote six string arrangements for Sir Paul McCartney's "Kisses On The Bottom" with the London Symphony. He has just returned from solo piano concerts in the UK, Poland and France. It has been his lifelong goal, through his orchestral arrangements and jazz improvisations, to discover, in popular music and standard songs, deeper feelings of communication and love.


- 2010: Grammy Nomination, Best Improv. Solo “Solar”, CD “Live at Giannelli Square, Vol. 1″

- 2006: Grammy Nomination, Best Improv. Solo “What’s New”, CD “You And the Night and The Music”

- 2005: Grammy Nomination, Best Improv. Solo “Round Midnight”, CD “‘Round Midnight”

- 2002: Grammy Nomination, for “I’m Glad There Is You”, CD Natalie Cole “Ask A Woman Who Knows”

- 1999: Grammy Award, for “Lonely Town” arrangement, CD Charlie Haden Quartet West “The Art Of The Song”

- 1997: Grammy Nomination, Best Composition “Every Time I Think Of You”, CD “Personal Standards”

- 1996: Grammy Award, for “When I Fall In Love”, CD Natalie Cole “Stardust”


"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

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Intermediate to advanced


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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voice / vocals


Concert Schedule

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Live at Mezzrow

Cellar Records


Like Minds

Savant Records


Next Year's Song

Self Released


Quiet Is The Star

Roomspin Records


Broadbent Plays...

Eden River Records


Sing a Song of Bird

Skyline Records




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