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Owen Broder


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


Hodges: Front and Center: Vol. Two

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2024
Track listing: Used To Be Duke; Wabash Blues; Back Beat; Big Smack; St. Louis Blues; Shady Side; Stompy Jones; The Star-Crossed Lovers.

Song of the Day

Used to Be Duke

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2024
Duration: 3:40


Article: Album Review

Owen Broder: Hodges: Front and Center: Vol. Two

Read "Hodges: Front and Center: Vol. Two" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Owen Broder's Hodges : Front and Center Vol.Two is a respectful yet refreshing tribute to Johnny Hodges, a saxophonist with an iconic sound while injecting a contemporary vitality into the mix. Hodges' influence looms large throughout the album, guiding Broder's approach to the music. In this quintet's musical journey, Broder, on both alto and baritone saxophone, ...


Article: Album Review

Owen Broder: Hodges: Front and Center: Vol. Two

Read "Hodges: Front and Center: Vol. Two" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

At times, while listening to random classics in the collection, one can have the idea that everything in jazz evolved from the late '40s to early '50s bebop. But before bop was swing. Duke Ellington stayed with swing through bop, funk, and fusion. And so did alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges (1906-1970), who played in Ellington's band ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Respect the Rabbit! (Owen Broder Interview)

Read "Respect the Rabbit! (Owen Broder Interview)" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

For some fans, the story of jazz saxophone begins with John Coltrane. This episode, the boys interview Owen Broder, who gives propers to Coltrane's old boss, Johnny Hodges. Mainstay of the Duke Ellington band and lover of lettuce and tomato sandwiches, the Rabbit (as he was known) possessed the most sumptuous sound ever heard from an ...


Article: Live Review

Anat Cohen Tentet at Jazz Alley

Read "Anat Cohen Tentet at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Anat Cohen Tentet Jazz Alley Seattle, Washington February 27, 2024 The wonderfully diverse and swinging ten-piece ensemble led by clarinetist Anat Cohen doesn't have the opportunity to tour very often. Since the release of Happy Song (Anzic, 2017), the band's first release on the label that Cohen founded with ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ethan Philion, Doug Wamble and More

Read "Ethan Philion, Doug Wamble and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is a very eclectic show that includes tributes to Charles Mingus and Johnny Hodges by Ethan Philion and Owen Broder respectively as well as topical blues from Doug Wamble and South African jazz from Nduduzo Makhathini plus much more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

More Jazz From 2022

Read "More Jazz From 2022" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The year 2022 produced a bumper crop of worthwhile jazz recordings, so many it was impossible to give all of them their due in a timely fashion. Here are belated appreciations of six titles that deserve praise. Doug Wamble Blues In The Present Tense Halcyonic Records 2022 ...


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