Alan Broadbent & Harvie S

Pianist Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and in 1966, at 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 for 3 years.

In 1972 he settled in Los Angeles, beginning a musical relationship with the legendary singer Irene Kral (no relation to Diana Krall). Soon he was also invited into the studio scene as a pianist for Nelson Riddle, David Rose, and Johnny Mandel.

In the early 90s he was asked to be a part of Natalie Cole’s famous “Unforgettable” cd, and toured as her pianist and conductor. His orchestral arrangement for her video, “When I Fall In Love”, won him his first Grammy Award.

Shortly after, he became a member of Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, touring the festivals of Europe, UK and the USA. While with this group 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.

Broadbent is Diana Krall’s conductor for her occasional orchestra concerts, and her “Live in Paris” DVD. Recently he was the arranger on Glenn Frey’s cd with strings, “After Hours”, and wrote six string arrangements for Paul McCartney’s “Kisses On The Bottom” with the London Symphony.

He has just returned from solo piano concerts in the UK, Poland, and France.

His latest recording, "New York Notes", features Harvie S and Billy Mintz.

Bassist Harvie S is a veteran of the jazz and Latin music scenes. Known for his long standing duo project with jazz vocal legend Sheila Jordan, he has recorded and toured with the cream of the crop: Kenny Baron, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, John Scofield, Steve Kuhn, James Weidman, Pat Martino, Mike Stern, and Paul Motian.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with "Plucky Strum", and the Roni Ben-Hur/Harvie S Trio.