Owen Broder is a saxophonist based in New York City. He runs in a variety of musical circles, leading his own groups and participating in others. Broder’s American Roots Project’s album Heritage (ArtistShare®, 2018) earned him a 2018 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. The album was praised by DownBeat Magazine as a “transcendental work of art,” and listed as #5 among the Best Music of 2018 [Francis Davis, NPR]. His quintet, Cowboys & Frenchmen, has enjoyed multiple US tours, and seen success in international competitions including the DC JazzPRIX, Umbria Jazz Festival’s Conad Competition, and M-Prize. The group has received critical acclaim for its recordings, including a four-star review from DownBeat Magazine for their 2017 release, Bluer Than You Think.
Broder is a member of the Anat Cohen Tentet and the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, and has performed with internationally respected artists such as Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, Trio Globo, and YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox. In musical theater, he was a member of the pit orchestras for the German tour of Grease and off-Broadway production For the Last Time, appeared with the band in David Bowie’s Lazarus and the Tony Award® winning musical Tootsie, and originated the woodwind chair in the U.S. Premier tour of The Bodyguard the Musical.
As an educator, Broder visits collegiate music programs and performing arts high schools across the country, hosting masterclasses based in performance as well as music entrepreneurship, preparing students for successful careers in various avenues of the music industry. Programs he has visited include the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Southern Methodist University, Lawrence University, University of Denver, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Baltimore School of the Arts, Contra Costa School for the Performing Arts, and Orange Country School of the Arts.
Broder grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and also has hometown ties to Detroit, MI, and Washington, D.C. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master’s from the Manhattan School of Music.
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