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Bio & Project Descriptions

  • Owen Broder
    • 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 jazz quintet, Cowboys & Frenchmen, released its debut album Rodeo in 2015 on Outside In Music, which garnered terrific reviews and enjoyed top placement on radio charts. Their 2017 release, Bluer Than You Think, received a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine. They performed at the DC Jazz Festival in 2016 and 2017, and at the 2017 Umbria Jazz Festival, and were semi-finalists in the 2018 M-Prize. His American Roots Project’s album Heritage (2018) is a featured project on ArtistShare®, and earned him a 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award.

    • Broder is a member of the Anat Cohen Tentet, and has performed with internationally respected jazz artists such as Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project and Trio Globo. 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 originated the woodwind chair in the U.S. Premier tour of The Bodyguard the Musical.

    • 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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  • Cowboys & Frenchmen
    • Cowboys & Frenchmen is a new take on instrumentation, composition, and orchestration for the jazz quintet. “The band makes a glorious sound – more like a larger ensemble at times – providing intriguing, innovative and sublime music,” [Mike Gates, UK Vibe]. The front line of two alto saxophones is the vehicle for reimagining the role of horns in a small group setting, charting new territory by exploring individuality within the same timbre.

    • The New York City-based quintet released its debut album Rodeo in 2015 on Outside In Music, which garnered terrific reviews and enjoyed top placement on radio charts. Their 2017 release, Bluer Than You Think, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Truesdell, and received a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine.

    • Cowboys & Frenchmen was a featured presenter at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. They performed at the D.C. Jazz Festival in 2016 as finalists in the inaugural D.C. JazzPrix Competition, and again in 2017 as a featured artist. They were also selected to perform at Umbria Jazz Festival’s 2017 Conad Jazz Contest, and were semi-finalists in the 2018 M-Prize.

    • Owen Broder, alto and bari saxophones
      Ethan Helm, alto saxophone
      Addison Frei, piano
      Ethan O'Reilly, bass
      Matt Honor, drums

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  • American Roots Project

    • With his American Roots Project, saxophonist / composer Owen Broder explores the weft and weave of American roots music – from Appalachian folk to early blues, spirituals to bluegrass – through bold and inspired new interpretations envisioned through the perspective of another distinctly American musical tradition: jazz.

    • On the band’s debut album, Heritage, Broder combines several of modern jazz’s most acclaimed composers and arrangers with an outstanding ensemble of gifted musicians to create a striking blend of tradition and innovation. It is at once an inheritance and a new link in a continually growing chain. “Fans of large-ensemble music might notice the sturdy artistic thread that connects bandleaders Maria Schneider, Ryan Truesdell and Owen Broder,” [Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine]. A featured project on ArtistShare®, Heritage works in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum (NYC) in a multi-disciplinary collaboration, using selected related images from their permanent collection as visual companions.

    • Owen Broder, woodwinds • Sara Caswell, violin • Scott Wendholt, trumpet • Nick Finzer, trombone • James Shipp, vibes/percussion • Frank Kimbrough, piano • Jay Anderson, bass • Matt Wilson, drums
      Wendy Gilles, Kate McGarry, Vuyo Sotashe, voices

 

Press Quotes, Honors & Awards

  • Owen Broder
    • "Fans of large-ensemble music might notice the sturdy artistic thread that connects bandleaders Maria Schneider, Ryan Truesdell and Owen Broder."
      Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine
    • "Broder employs a past-via-the-present compositional technique with ingenuity and skill, producing music of genuine warmth and majesty."
      Brian Zimmerman, Jazziz Magazine
    • "Owen Broder plays with gospel-soaked gravitas."
      Raul da Gama, World Music Report
    • 2018 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award – "Goin' Up Home," Heritage
      2017 Eastman/ArtistShare® New Artist – Heritage
      2015 DownBeat Student Music Award: Best Graduate Small Group Arrangement – "Man of Constant Sorrow"
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  • Cowboys & Frenchmen
    • "The ensemble is smart, cohesive, and credible... using virtuosic skills and rhythmic power to walk the line between irony and earnestness, with listenability as high a priority as group creativity.”
      ★★★★
      Howard Mandel, DownBeat Magazine
    • "Innovative as well as inspiring. Electric and emotional. The artistry of the quintet is exemplary.”
      Travis Rogers, Jr., Jazz Times
    • “Together, the band make a glorious sound – more like a larger ensemble at times – providing intriguing, innovative and sublime music.”
      Mike Gates, UK Vibe
    • 2018 M-Prize, semi-finalists
      2017 Umbria Jazz Festival's Conad Competition, finalists
      2016 DC JazzPrix, finalists
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  • American Roots Project
    • "A transcendent work of art."
      Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine

    • "Highly enjoyable, as well as impressive."
      ★★★★
      Brian Priestly, Jazzwise Magazine

    • "Owen Broder has hit the musical jackpot with his exploration of American roots genres blending bluegrass, blues, folk, and spiritual idioms with a jazz swing feel."
      Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

    • "The ultimate representation of the marrow, majesty, and malleability of American roots music. In imbuing wide swaths of the country with a jazz sensibility, Broder puts the “heart” in “heartland.”
      Dan Bilawsky, Senior Contributor, JazzTimes

    • "Owen Broder and his crew examine the various sonic styles to emerge over the country’s history through a jazz lens — and the results are bracing."
      Michael Roberts, Jazziz Magazine

    • Editor's Pick, DownBeat Magazine
      10 New Albums You Need to Know About (March 2018), Jazziz Magazine

 

Videos

 

Audio 

Band leader, composer, baritone saxophone
Heritage

Co-leader, composer, baritone saxophone
Bluer Than You Think

Baritone saxophone
Happy Song

Arranger, tenor saxophone
The Song Is All

 

Discography

Leader
(click album cover for Spotify link)

 



Co-Leader
(click album cover for Spotify link)

Side-Man


Selected Performance History

Anat Cohen Tentet
Festivals
   Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
   NYC Winter Jazz Festival
   Newport Jazz Festival

Venues
   Sanders Theater
   SF Jazz Center: Miner Auditorium
   Valley Performing Arts Center
   Logan Center for the Arts
   National Sawdust
   Jazz Standard

American Roots Project
   Jazz Standard

Cowboys & Frenchmen
Festivals
   Umbria Jazz Festival
   DC Jazz Festival
   NASA Conference

Venues
   Rockwood Music Hall: Stage 3
   Sharp Nine Gallery
   City of Asylum: Alphabet City
   Cliff Bell's
   Blues Alley
   An Die Music
   Cornelia Street Cafe
   Scat Jazz Lounge
   Joe's Pub

Gil Evans Project
Festivals
   Umbria Jazz Festival
   Rochester Jazz Festival
   PrezFest, St. Peter's Church

Venues
   Jazz Standard
   Krannert CPA
   The Royal Conservatory: Koerner Hall



NYC
NYC
Newport, RI


Boston, MA
San Francisco, CA
Northridge, CA
Chicago, IL
NYC
NYC


NYC



Lecce, Italy
Washington, D.C.
Lubbock, TX


NYC
Durham, NC
Pittsburgh, PA
Detroit, MI
Washington, D.C.
Baltimore, MD
NYC
Fort Worth, TX
NYC



Perugia, Italy
Rochester, NY
NYC


NYC
Urbana, IL
Toronto, CA



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2018
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2018
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2012
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2017, 2013
2015
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Clinician / Guest Director

College / University
Slippery Rock University
University of NC School of the Arts
Lawrence University
Manhattan School of Music
Southern Methodist University
Tarrant County Community College
Eastman School of Music
Arkansas State University
New England Conservatory

Middle / High School
Baltimore School for the Arts
Oxford High School
Royal Oak High School
Fort Hayes Metropolitan
New Trier High School
La Villa School of the Arts


Slippery Rock, PA
Winston-Salem, NC
Appleton, WI
NYC
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Rochester, NY
Jonesboro, AK
Boston, MA


Baltimore, MD
Oxford, MI
Royal Oak, MI
Columbus, OH
Winnetka, IL
Jacksonville, FL


2017
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2016
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2017
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2011
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Press Photos

(click image for download link)

 

Social Network & Web Links

Owen Broder
www.owenbroder.com
Facebook | Instagram | BandsInTown



American Roots Project
www.americanrootsproject.com

 

Contact

Booking
Owen Broder
904.537.3141
obroder@owenbroder.com



Press & Radio
Braithwaite & Katz Communications
Ann Braithwaite
781.259.9600
ann@bkmusicpr.com