Phil is a leading New Zealand jazz artist. In 2001 he became the first jazz musician to be awarded the MNZM for services to jazz.
One of New Zealand’s foremost pianists and composers, he recently recorded a new album on Rattle “Panacea”, a finalist in the Tui Awards for Jazz Album of the Year 2015 and the third in a trilogy following his quartet’s “Flaubert’s Dance” (2013 Rattle Records) and “Delayed Reaction” (2011), also both finalists in the Tui Awards, an award which Phil has won three times.
In 2016 Phil was a finalist in the inaugural APRA award for Best Jazz Composition for his tune Flaubert’s Dance
Phil is also a well-known broadcaster, presenting his own weekly programme “The Art Of Jazz” on Radio New Zealand Concert. He has performed at major festivals in both New Zealand and Australia and his numerous credits include work in the U.S., U.K. and France, and collaborating with many jazz greats visiting N.Z., including Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Scott, and Scott Hamilton.
As a writer Broadhurst avoids cliches, but at the same time he manages to avoid the obtuse. At the heart of his writing is a real warmth. The tunes take you to a familiar place even though you’ve never been there before; carried by rich harmonies and well crafted heads.
John Fenton – Jazzlocal32
Prolific and sensitive, hard-working and curious, Broadhurst is a model of the jazz musician in full bloom. Flaubert's Dance is an abundant work bursting with beauty and tenderness, with just the right notes throughout. – all.about.jazz
…there’s a tenderness and clarity of thought throughout that’s lovingly celebratory. The soloing is exceptional, the compositions robust and full of possibility – “Panacea” review, Mike Alexander, Sunday Star Times
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