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Jazz Pianist Broadbent Performs at Unitarian Church Oct. 26

Credits: Juan Carlos Hernandez

SUMMIT, NJ - Internationally recognized jazz pianist Alan Broadbent and his trio will play at Afternoon Music on October 26, at The Unitarian Church.  Performing with the two-time Grammy winner will be Harvie S on bass and Mark McLean on drums.  The concert begins at 4 p.m., and the audience is invited to meet the artists at a reception following the performance.

Alan Broadbent is praised for his mellow yet driving piano style and for his talent as an arranger, composer, and conductor.  A New Zealand native who came to the U.S. at the age of 19, he worked as a pianist on the studio scene in Los Angeles for many years, accompanying and arranging for such artists as Natalie Cole, Shirley Horn, and Diana Krall.

He has won two Grammy Awards for arranging, and has been nominated five additional times for improvisation and performance.  Moving to the New York area in 2011, he began working with a trio, recording and touring widely in Britain, Poland, and Germany.

“Broadbent has a wonderful lyrical touch, also the subtle understanding of groove and knowledge of the importance of breaks, which is woefully neglected by some musicians,” wrote German jazz critic Angela Ballhorn in Jazzthetic.  “The trio had the audience always in listening mode.”

Broadbent will be performing in Germany in the weeks before and after the Summit concert.

Bassist Harvie S is widely known for his work with such artists as Tony Bennett, Sheila Jordan, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, and Chet Baker.  His 2013 album Witchcraft, with Kenny Barron, reached the top of Jazz Week’s national radio charts.  A professor of jazz bass and jazz ensemble at Manhattan School of Music, Harvie S has also toured Europe and Southeast Asia as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador.

Drummer Mark McLean studied classical piano as a boy in his native Canada, but transitioned to the drums in his teens.  At age 22, he was playing with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, a fellow Canadian.  In 1999, he moved to New York, where he has worked with such jazz masters and pop singers as Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, George Michael, and Billy Joel

Tickets to Afternoon Music performances are $25 ($20 for seniors), Season subscriptions priced at $65 ($50 for seniors). Students attend free.  To buy tickets in advance, please send a check made out to Afternoon Music to the church at 4 Waldron Ave., Summit, NJ, 07901.  The tickets will be mailed or (if too late to mail) will be held at the door.

Afternoon Music is dedicated to providing a series of high-quality music performances in the acoustically excellent sanctuary of The Unitarian Church in Summit.  Each year, it presents three programs, one usually devoted to jazz, and draws an audience from the congregation and the larger community.

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For further information on Afternoon music, its 2015 sceduled performances, or directions, call Afternoon Music at 908 / 273-2899.


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