Owen Broder is a saxophonist based in New York City. He runs in a variety of musical circles, leading his own groups and participating in others. His American Roots Project’s debut album, Heritage, was praised by DownBeat Magazine as a “transcendent work of art,” and listed as #5 among the Best Music of 2018 [Francis Davis, NPR]. Broder’s quintet, Cowboys & Frenchmen, has enjoyed multiple US tours and seen success in international competitions including the DC JazzPRIX, Umbria Jazz Festival’s Conad Competition, and M-Prize. The group has received critical acclaim for its three full-length recordings, including a four-star review from DownBeat Magazine for their 2017 release, Bluer Than You Think, and singles from their recent 2021 release Our Highway premiered by WBGO and JazzTimes.
Broder is a member of the GRAMMY® nominated Anat Cohen Tentet and the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet and has performed with internationally respected artists such as Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, Trio Globo, and YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox.
An award-winning composer and arranger, Broder writes for his own ensembles and a variety of others. His composition Goin’ Up Home earned him a 2018 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, and in 2020 he received a commission grant from the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers. The projects Broder leads are marked by creativity and originative thinking. UNCSA’s 2021 Artpreneur of the Year Award and the 2018 Eastman/ArtistShare® New Artist program recognized his entrepreneurial ventures for their creative musical programming, innovative presentation, and meaningful impact on the community.
Broder grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and also has hometown ties to Detroit, MI, and Washington, D.C. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master’s from the Manhattan School of Music.
2021 UNCSA Alumni Artpreneur Grant Recipient
2020 International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers Grant Recipient
2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award
2017 Umbria Jazz Festival: Conad Competition Finalist (Cowboys & Frenchmen)
2017 Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist
2016 DC Jazz Festival: DC JazzPrix Competition Finalist (Cowboys & Frenchmen)
2015 DownBeat Student Music Award: Best Graduate Small Group Arrangement
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"Fans of large-ensemble music might notice the sturdy artistic thread that connects bandleaders Maria Schneider, Ryan Truesdell and Owen Broder."
Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine
"Broder employs a past-via-the-present compositional technique with ingenuity and skill, producing music of genuine warmth and majesty."
Brian Zimmerman, Jazziz Magazine
"Owen Broder plays with gospel-soaked gravitas."
Raul da Gama, World Music Report
New York City
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Intermediate to advanced
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