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Phil Broadhurst

Composer, Performer

Biography

Phil is one of New Zealand’s leading jazz artists. A pianist, composer and educator, he became the first jazz musician to be awarded the MNZM for services to jazz in 2001.

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.

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 where he has served as Head of Jazz Studies, it features the saxophone of Colin Hemmingsen alongside works by Mike Nock and John Rae.

Since 2002 Phil has presented, or been a major soloist, in concerts at the Tauranga Jazz Festival. These include tributes to Chick Corea, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, a celebration of Kiwi jazz composing, a jazz/classical crossover concert and the Jazz Divas. He has also performed at the inaugural Samoa Jazz and Blues Festival, and 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 80s and 90s 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 (Phil Broadhurst Trio: Iris, Broadhurst/Hopkins/Haines: Live at the London Bar and George Chisholm Quintet: Perfect Strangers), he is also a well-known broadcaster, presenting his own programme “The Art Of Jazz” weekly on Concert FM.

In 2003 Phil released 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 NZ. 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 (55)

Absent Friends

for jazz ensemble


Auckland 1

for jazz septet


Auckland 2

for jazz septet


Black Suede Boots

for jazz quintet


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


I'm Busy

for jazz quintet


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


Just Enough for Two

for jazz quintet


K.B.

for jazz quintet


Knee Lever

for jazz ensemble


Ludo

for jazz ensemble


Matai Bay

for cello and piano


Palmerston North

for jazz septet


Panacea

for jazz ensemble


Positif

for jazz quintet


Precious Metal

for jazz ensemble


Pukeko

for jazz ensemble


Queenstown

for jazz quintet


Santa Margherita

for jazz septet


Sorrento Sunset

for jazz quintet


Sunside

for jazz quintet


The Road Ahead

for jazz septet


Wellington

for jazz septet


Wheeler of Fortune

for jazz ensemble