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Phil Broadhurst

Composer

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Biography

Phil is one of New Zealand’s leading jazz artists. Pianist, composer and educator, he became the first jazz musician to be awarded the MNZM for services to jazz in 2001. He is currently Head of Jazz Studies at the New Zealand School of Music, Massey University, Albany, Auckland.

In 2015 Phil released “Panacea” the third album of his “Dedication” trilogy on Rattle Records featuring new compositions for his quintet. This follows 2013’s “Flaubert’s Dance and 2011’s album “Delayed Reaction” dedicated to French pianist Michel Petrucciani, the subject of his Masters thesis. Both albums were finalists in the Tui Jazz Album of the Year Awards

…there's a tenderness and clarity of thought throughout that's lovingly celebratory. The soloing is exceptional, the compositions robust and full of possibility, particularly Precious Metal, where saxophonist Roger Manins takes flight. One day his peers will be writing dedications to Broadhurst. Mike Alexander, Sunday Star Times ★★★★

Broadhurst is a gifted composer, with a particular skill for interpreting and integrating a broad range of musical styles… Prolific and sensitive, hard-working and curious, Broadhurst is a model of the jazz musician in full bloom. Flaubert's Dance is an abundant work bursting with beauty and tenderness, with just the right notes throughout. Florence Wetzel. Allaboutjazz.com ★★★★ 1/2

“Phil’s Delayed Reaction is the deepest, most sincere, most meaningful form of tribute that one musician can pay another. Petrucciani’s life-affirming spirit is unmistakably present here. But most of all what is here is Phil’s personal understanding of Petrucciani’s music and new directions derived from it” Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

January 2012 saw the release on Ode Records of a jazz/classical crossover release, “Sketches”, featuring a composition by Phil for jazz quartet and chamber ensemble called Byways. Commissioned by the NZ School of Music, it features the saxophone of Colin Hemmingsen alongside works by Mike Nock and John Rae. Phil says: I wrote this lyrical piece in ¾ time for soprano saxophone, bass, drums, and piano, with a string quartet and oboe, flute and clarinet. Included is an improvised solo for myself on piano. It was a unique opportunity for me to expand the instrumentation I typically work with and to employ different colours and textures.

Since 2002 Phil has presented, or been a major soloist, in a concert each year at the Tauranga Jazz Festival. These include a set of pieces from his latest album in 2011; tributes to Chick Corea, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington; a celebration of Kiwi jazz composing; a jazz/classical crossover concert; the Jazz Divas. He has also performed at the inaugural Samoa Jazz and Blues festival &the Wellington International jazz festival with John Bell’s Immaculate Trio.

Phil has played regularly in Auckland, notably at premiere jazz venue, the London Bar, where he was resident for many years. Through the eighties and nineties he both organised and performed frequently at the annual Winter Jazz Series at the Auckland Art Gallery

Three times winner of the “Jazz Record Of The Year” award (Iris- Phil Broadhurst Trio; Live at the London Bar – Broadhurst/ Hopkins/Haines; Perfect Strangers -George Chisholm Quintet), he is also a well-known broadcaster, presenting his own programme “The Art Of Jazz” weekly on Concert FM, currently in its twenty-first year. In 2003 Phil released a new CD The Road Ahead, featuring his trio and septet in live recordings, including a jazz suite commissioned by Massey University. Later, he appeared as sideman and composer on Colin Hemmingsen’s album The Rite of Swing.

He has frequently performed and taught at the Magnetic Island Jazz Festival, Queensland, Australia, and more recently played with his own group in Paris and London.

Other concert appearances include the Wellington International Jazz Festival with John Bell’s Immaculate Trio, the Tauranga Jazz festival with the Jazz Divas and Mojave, the Queenstown Jazz festival with Rodger Fox’s All-Stars, and the Nelson Jazz Festival with the Jazz Divas and Frank Gibson’s Rainbow Bridge. His numerous credits include work in the U.S., U.K. and other foreign parts, and collaborations with many jazz greats visiting N.Z. He has played in concert with several saxophone greats including Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Scott, and Scott Hamilton.

Phil has a Masters Degree with Distinction for his work on the life and music of French pianist Michel Petrucciani.

"His music is a testament to the global language of jazz which crosses international boundaries with enviable ease" - Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz


Composed (48)

Absent Friends

for jazz ensemble


Auckland 1

for jazz septet


Auckland 2

for jazz septet


Byways

for jazz quartet and chamber ensemble


Cadeau

for jazz septet


Cricket In Brazil

for jazz septet


Drive

for jazz ensemble


Higgins

for jazz septet


Interlude 1

for jazz septet


Interlude 2

for jazz septet


Interlude 3

for jazz septet


Inverted

for jazz ensemble


Japanese Shadows

for jazz ensemble


JPJ


Knee Lover

for jazz ensemble


Ludo

for jazz ensemble


Matai Bay

for cello and piano


Palmerston North

for jazz septet


Panacea

for jazz ensemble


Precious Metal

for jazz ensemble


Pukeko

for jazz ensemble


Santa Margherita

for jazz septet


The Road Ahead

for jazz septet


Wellington

for jazz septet


Wheeler of Fortune

for jazz ensemble



Recordings (3)