Meet Cole Broderick
Composer-pianist Cole Broderick has been passionate about the piano from the moment he began studying the instrument at age seven. Weekly lessons continued through high school with heavy emphasis on jazz and popular music. The Albany native subsequently studied arranging and composition with Jerry Coker and Clifton Williams at the University of Miami and made campus history when he incorporated jazz with his classical performance in the senior recital.
After forming the Cole Broderick Quartet in 1992, Broderick recorded a demo tape of some of his original compositions and sent it to Festival Productions. The following year, his jazz ensemble was booked to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Energized by the experience, Broderick recorded what would be the first in a collection of CDs celebrating the four glorious "Seasons of Saratoga." The 4-CD box set subsequently received a coveted Critic’s Choice citation from Billboard Magazine.
The flurry of publicity that surrounded the award led to the playing of the maestro’s music on radio stations across the USA, Canada and parts of Europe. In addition, Broderick and his sizzling jazz ensemble were featured nationally on Bobby Flay’s Food Network TV program. Another high note came when Broderick received a personal accolade from FRASIER co-star David Hyde Pierce who wrote: "The jazz is as cool as it is hot" ...obviously Saratoga has a good influence on all aspects of the arts, from dance to theater, from Balanchine to Broderick."
Broderick has since electrified fans at The Tulip Festival and The Egg Performing Arts Center in Albany -- as well as opening for Esperanza Spalding when she performed live in Schenectady’s Central Park before being named Artist of the Year. Broderick has also performed at private parties and corporate events, including fundraisers for regional sand national not-for-profits, in settings such as The Glen Sanders Mansion in Schenectady and The Gideon Putnam and Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs.
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