Alan Broadbent Trio
Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and by 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, an association that lasted for three years. In 1972 he settled in Los Angeles and was soon invited into the studio scene as a pianist for the great Nelson Riddle, and also worked with David Rose and Johnny Mandel. Later, Broadbent became a member of Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, touring the festivals of Europe, the 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 2007 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, an honor he holds in high regard. 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.