“…Alan Broadbent….wrote the sumptuously beautiful large-format orchestrations…”(Sir Paul McCartney’s “Kisses on the Bottom”) – The Wall Street Journal
Native New Zealander, Alan Broadbent, was invited into the studio scene as a pianist for the great Nelson Riddle, David Rose and Johnny Mandel, then asked to be a part of Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” CD, touring as her pianist and, later, as her conductor. Alan wrote the orchestral arrangement for Cole’s video with her Father, “When I Fall In Love”, winning Alan him his first Grammy.
He became a member of Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, touring Europe, the UK and the US, and won his second Grammy, for the orchestral accompaniment behind Shirley Horn, of Leonard Bernstein’s “Lonely Town”.
As a soloist and with his jazz trio, Broadbent has been twice nominated for the Grammys’ Best Instrumental Performance. In 2007 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, an honor he holds in high regard.
Broadbent is currently Diana Krall’s conductor for her orchestra concerts and on her “Live in Paris” DVD. He was the arranger on the late Glenn Frey’s CD, “After Hours”, and wrote six string arrangements for Sir Paul McCartney’s “Kisses On The Bottom” with the London Symphony. Through his orchestral arrangements and jazz improvisations, in popular music and standard songs, Broadbent is discovering deeper feelings of communication and love.
Sheila Jordan (Vocals)
“…her casual between-song banter, in which she shared anecdotes about her amazing journey from small-town poverty to the heights of bebop to her current status as a grand dame of jazz…. both entertaining and revealing.” – Bill Milkowski/Jazz Times
sheilajordanjazz.com NEA Jazz Master Awardee, Sheila Jordan, is one of the most consistently creative jazz singers of all time – a superb scat singer, and an emotional interpreter of ballads. Jordan was one of the few singers to lead her own Blue Note album (1962). It would be a decade before she appeared on records again, working with Carla Bley, Roswell Rudd, and co-leading a group with Steve Kuhn in the late ’70s. Jordan recorded a memorable duet album with bassist Arild Andersen for SteepleChase in 1977, and has since teamed up with bassist Harvie Swartz. By the 1980s, Jordan was performing jazz again full-time and gaining long deserved recognition. As a leader, she recorded for East Wind, Grapevine, SteepleChase, Palo Alto, Blackhawk, and Muse, resurfacing in 1999 with Jazz Child.
Although Jordan has only 21 albums as a leader to her credit in her 68 years as a vocalist, she has made countless appearances in nightclubs and at festivals all over the world. And every time she hits the stage, she continues to pay tribute to her idol and main inspiration, Charlie Parker.
Sheila Jordan with Alan Broadbent :
2012 NEA Jazz Master Award: