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Alan Broadbent

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Broadbent in 2008
Background information
Birth name Alan Leonard Broadbent
Born (1947-04-23) 23 April 1947 (age 76)
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

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 Sue Raney, 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.

Later life and career

During the 1990s, Broadbent 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. Also during the 1990s, he recorded on the album Quartet West by Charlie Haden. 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.

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

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


As leader/co-leader

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
1979? Palette Granite With big band
1981 Continuity Revelation Duo, with Putter Smith (bass)
1984? Song of Home Kiwi Pacific Trio
1985? Further Down the Road Tartar Trio
1986? Everything I Love Discovery Trio, with Putter Smith (bass), Frank Gibson Jr. (drums)
1987? Another Time Trend Trio, with Putter Smith (bass), Frank Gibson Jr. (drums)
1989? Away from You Trend Trio
1991 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Fourteen Concord Jazz Solo piano; in concert
1993 Concord Duo Series, Volume Four Concord Jazz Duo, with Gary Foster (tenor sax, alto sax)
1994? Over the Fence Ode Trio, with Putter Smith (bass), Frank Gibson Jr. (drums)
1995 Pacific Standard Time Concord Trio, with Putter Smith (bass), Frank Gibson Jr. (drums)
1996 Personal Standards Concord Jazz Trio, with Putter Smith (bass), Frank Gibson Jr. (drums); Grammy Nomination for Best Composition "Every Time I Think of You"
2002 You and the Night and the Music A440 Music Trio, with Brian Bromberg (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums); Grammy Nomination for Best Improvised Solo "What's New"
2003? Fine and Dandy Manu Quartet, with George Chisholm (trumpet, flugelhorn), Andy Brown (bass), Frank Gibson Jr. (drums)
2005 'Round Midnight Artistry Music Trio, with Brian Bromberg (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums); Grammy Nomination for Best Improvised Solo "Round Midnight"
2005? With Strings King
2006 Every Time I Think of You Artistry Music With Brian Bromberg (bass), Kendall Kay (drums), Tokyo Strings
2009? Together Again
2009? Moment's Notice Chilly Bin Trio, with Putter Smith (bass), Kendall Kay (drums)
2010 Live at Giannelli Square, Vol. 1 Chilly Bin Trio, with Putter Smith (bass), Kendall Kay (drums); Grammy Nomination for Best Improvised Solo "Solar"
2012? Live at Giannelli Square 2 Chilly Bin Trio, with Putter Smith (bass), Kendall Kay (drums)
2012 Heart to Heart Chilly Bin Solo piano; in concert
2013 Just One of Those Things Edition Longplay Solo piano; in concert; limited edition LP
2014? America the Beautiful Jan Matthies with the NDR Bigband
2015 Developing Story Eden River With Harvie S (bass), Peter Erskine (drums), London Metropolitan Orchestra; released 2017
2015–16 Songbook Roomspin With Georgia Mancio (vocals), Oli Hayhurst (bass), Dave Ohm (drums, percussion)

As sideman or arranger

With Natalie Cole

  • Unforgettable... with Love (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

  • Quartet West (Verve, 1987)
  • The Private Collection (Naim, 1987–88 [2000])
  • In Angel City (Verve, 1988)
  • Haunted Heart (Verve, 1991)
  • Always Say Goodbye (Verve, 1993)
  • Now Is the Hour (Verve, 1995)
  • The Art of the Song (Verve, 1999)
  • American Dreams (Verve, 2002)
  • Sophisticated Ladies (EmArcy, 2010)

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 Children of Lima
  • 1975 Herd at Montreux
  • 1979 Woody and Friends at the Monterey Jazz Festival

With Irene Kral

  • Where Is Love? (Choice, 1974)
  • Kral Space (Catalyst, 1977)
  • Gentle Rain (Choice, 1978)

With others

  • 1976 Summer Place '76, Percy Faith
  • 1977 First Flight, Don Menza
  • 1978 Shortcake, Bill Berry
  • 1978 Wallflower, Don Rader
  • 1979 Wet, Barbra Streisand
  • 1980 Crystal Comments, Bud Shank
  • 1980 Double Jazz Quartet at Carmelo's Vols. .....
  • 1990 In Good Company, Sue Raney
  • 1990 Stolen Moments, Lee Ritenour
  • 1991 The Forest, David Byrne
  • 1992 Follow the Bouncing Ball, Charles McPherson
  • 1992 Here's to Life, Shirley Horn
  • 1992 Wes Bound, Lee Ritenour
  • 1993 Heart Strings, Sheila Jordan
  • 1994 East Coast West Coast, Toots Thielemans
  • 1994 Professional Dreamer, Kenny Rankin
  • 1994 Sweet Home Cookin', Karrin Allyson
  • 1995 The Five Seasons, Eddie Daniels
  • 1997 Silent Pool, Marian McPartland
  • 1998 This Christmas, Ann Hampton Callaway
  • 1999 Music Is My Life, Diane Schuur
  • 1999 Why Should I Care, Diana Krall
  • 2000 From the Heart, Sheila Jordan
  • 2000 More Live-Lee, Lee Konitz
  • 2002 In the Sun, Jane Monheit
  • 2003 Live at the Rainbow Room, Jane Monheit
  • 2004 Hummin' to Myself, Linda Ronstadt
  • 2004 Reneé Olstead, Renee Olstead
  • 2005 The Great American Songbook, Rod Stewart
  • 2005 The Songs of Sinatra, Steve Tyrell
  • 2009 Legendary, Bob Florence
  • 2010 You Are There: Duets, Hilary Kole
  • 2011 Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane
  • 2016 The Art of Elegance, Kristin Chenoweth
  • 2017 Turn Up the Quiet, Diana Krall
  • 2020 From This Place, Pat Metheny
  • 2020 This Dream of You, Diana Krall

See also

  • List of music arrangers
National Hispanic Heritage Month on Kiddle
Distinguished Hispanic diplomats
Raymond Telles
Esteban Torres
Romualdo Pacheco
Raúl Héctor Castro
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