Jazz pianist Alan Broadbent will perform at the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.He also will present a free master class that day at 2 p.m. in the recital hall.
Broadbent played piano and was the arranger for Woody Herman’s band and was the studio key man for Nelson Riddle, David Rose and Johnny Mandel.
In addition to his successful solo career, Broadbent is known for collaborating with other artists, most notably Natalie Cole. He worked on her 1991 Unforgettable disc and toured with Cole as a pianist and conductor. He wrote an orchestral arrangement for “When I Fall in Love,” which featured her late father, Nat King Cole, and won a Grammy Award for best orchestral arrangement accompanying a vocal.
As a member of Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, Broadbent won another Grammy for the arrangement of “Lonely Town” from the 1999 disc The Art of the Song.
The composer from Auckland, New Zealand, also is the conductor for Diana Krall’s orchestral concerts, including her Live in Paris 2002 CD.
Most recently, Broadbent was the arranger for Glenn Frey’s 2012 disc, After Hours, and he also wrote six string arrangements for Paul McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom 2012 CD with the London Symphony. That same year, Broadbent released a solo disc, Heart to Heart.
At UT, Broadbent is expected to play some original songs and jazz standards, according to Gunnar Mossblad, UT professor of music and director of jazz studies.
“Alan Broadbent is an extraordinary and versatile jazz pianist, composer and arranger,” Mossblad said. “We are honored to welcome Alan to campus to perform and work with students, and the faculty members are looking forward to performing with him. It should be an outstanding concert with lots of memorable moments.”
Tickets for the concert are $10 and $5 for students and seniors 60 and older and can be purchased at the door or at utoledo.tix.com.
Proceeds from the concert support scholarships for UT students majoring in music, especially jazz, with preference given to African-American students. The scholarship was established in 1994 and endowed in 2002 by various donors, including the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society.