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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. The debut album from Broder’s American Roots Project, "Heritage" (ArtistShare®, 2018), earned him the title of Debut Artist of the Year from NPR’s Francis Davis and a 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. DownBeat Magazine called it a “transcendental work of art.” 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 orchestra for the German tour of "Grease," originated the woodwind chairs in the off-Broadway production "For the Last Time" and the U.S. Premier tour of "The Bodyguard the Musical,” and appeared with the band in David Bowie’s "Lazarus" and the Tony Award® winning musical “Tootsie.”

    • 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.

  • 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

    • Website | EPK

  • 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 

    • Website | EPK

  • Hodges & Duke

    • Owen Broder’s “Hodges & Duke” celebrates the 60th anniversary of two iconic recordings by jazz masters Johnny Hodges and Duke Ellington. The albums Back To Back and Side By Side are rare examples of Ellington’s lead alto saxophonist in a small-group setting; Broder brings these historic gems to life with an all-star ensemble.

    • “Hodges & Duke” is the newest addition to Broder’s performance projects as a leader. The New York City saxophonist / bandleader was named 2018 Debut Artist of the Year (Francis Davis, NPR) for his American Roots Project’s debut album, Heritage (ArtistShare, 2018). His quintet, Cowboys & Frenchmen, actively tours the country and received four stars from Downbeat Magazine for its sophomore album, Bluer Than You Think (Outside In Music, 2017). As a sideman, Broder performs with the Anat Cohen Tentet, the YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox, and Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project.

Press Quotes, Honors & Awards

  • Owen Broder

    • 2018 Debut Artist of the Year
      Francis Davis, Jerome Wilson, Fred Kaplan, NPR Critics Poll

    • "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"

  • 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

  • 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

    • Best Music of 2018 – Best New Releases, NPR Critics Poll
      #5, Francis Davis
      #7, Jerome Wilson
      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
Bern Jazz Festival
Umbria Jazz Spring Festival
   Monterey Jazz Festival
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
   NYC Winter Jazz Festival
   Newport Jazz Festival

Venues
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
SF Jazz Center: Miner Auditorium
Teatro Ristori
Volkshaus Basel
Chicago Symphony Center
Carnegie Hall – Zankel Hall
   Sanders Theater
   Valley Performing Arts Center
   Logan Center for the Arts
   National Sawdust
   Jazz Standard

American Roots Project
   Jazz Standard

Hodges & Duke
Dazzle
Andy’s Jazz Club
Cafe Stritch
Black Cat

Cowboys & Frenchmen
Festivals
M-Prize
   Umbria Jazz Festival
   DC Jazz Festival
   NASA Conference

Venues
City of Asylum: Alphabet City
BLU Jazz+
   Herb Alpert’s Vibrato
The Art Boutiki
The Sound Room
Black Cat
Rockwood Music Hall: Stage 3
   Sharp Nine Gallery
   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



Bern, Switzerland
Terni, Italy
Monterey, CA
NYC
NYC
Newport, RI


Santa Cruz, CA
San Francisco, CA
Verona, Italy
Basel, Switzerland
Chicago, IL
NYC
Boston, MA
Northridge, CA
Chicago, IL
NYC
NYC


NYC


Denver, CO
Chicago, IL
San Jose, CA
San Francisco, CA



Ann Arbor, MI
Lecce, Italy
Washington, D.C.
Lubbock, TX


Pittsburgh, PA
Akron, OH
Los Angeles, CA
San Jose, CA
Oakland, CA
San Francisco, CA
NYC
Durham, NC
Detroit, MI
Washington, D.C.
Baltimore, MD
NYC
Fort Worth, TX
NYC



Perugia, Italy
Rochester, NY
NYC


NYC
Urbana, IL
Toronto, CA



2019
2019
2018
2017
2017
2016


2019
2019, 2017
2019
2019
2019
2019
2018
2017
2017
2017
2016

2018


2019
2019
2019
2019



2018
2017
2017
2016


2018, 2017
2018
2018
2018
2018
2018
2018
2017
2017
2017
2017
2016
2016
2015



2012
2012
2011


2017, 2013
2015
2015

 

Clinician / Guest Director

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

Middle / High School
Orange County School of the Arts
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


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


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


2019
2018, 2016
2017
2017
2017
2016
2016
2016
2105
2015


2018
2017
2017
2017
2017
2011
2005

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