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Ensemble Bio

Cowboys & Frenchmen is a new take on instrumentation, composition, and orchestration for the jazz quintet. “The band makes a glorious sound – more like a larger ensemble at times – providing intriguing, innovative and sublime music,” [Mike Gates, UK Vibe]. The front line of two alto saxophones is the vehicle for reimagining the role of horns in a small group setting, charting new territory by exploring individuality within the same timbre.

The New York City-based quintet released its debut album Rodeo in 2015 on Outside In Music, which garnered terrific reviews and enjoyed top placement on radio charts. Their 2017 release, Bluer Than You Think, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Truesdell, and received a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine.

Cowboys & Frenchmen was a featured presenter at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. They performed at the D.C. Jazz Festival in 2016 as finalists in the inaugural D.C. JazzPrix Competition, and again in 2017 as a featured artist. They were also selected to perform at Umbria Jazz Festival’s 2017 Conad Jazz Contest, and were semi-finalists in the 2018 M-Prize.

Owen Broder, alto and bari saxophones
Ethan Helm, alto saxophone
Addison Frei, piano
Ethan O'Reilly, bass
Matt Honor, drums

 

Press Quotes, Honors & Awards

+ Cowboys & Frenchmen

"The ensemble is smart, cohesive, and credible... using virtuosic skills and rhythmic power to walk the line between irony and earnestness, with listenability as high a priority as group creativity.”
★★★★
Howard Mandel, DownBeat Magazine

"Innovative as well as inspiring. Electric and emotional. The artistry of the quintet is exemplary.”
Travis Rogers, Jr., Jazz Times

“Together, the band make a glorious sound – more like a larger ensemble at times – providing intriguing, innovative and sublime music.”
Mike Gates, UK Vibe

2018 M-Prize, semi-finalists
2017 Umbria Jazz Festival's Conad Competition, finalists
2016 DC JazzPrix, finalists

+ Bluer Than You Think (2017)

“Bluer Than You Think proffers a carefully and cleverly integrated diversity of musical sources and methods. An intriguing disc from young musicians who are very much on the rise.”
Steve Feeney, ArtsFuse

“The disc is overflowing with unpredictable melodic turns, unusual voicings, and unorthodox rhythms... The common denominators are originality and innovative improvisation.”
Ron Netsky, Rochester CITY Newspaper

“This is a first class sonic getaway that offers respite and salvation.”
Chris Spector, Midwest Records

+ Rodeo (2015)

“Cowboys & Frenchmen have compiled an innovative album that has all the musicality and originality that any quintet on the scene today would respect and appreciate. Five big stars.”
Geannine Reid, All About Jazz

“The possibilities according to this truly inventive group are limitless, especially when the music is imbued with intensity and imagination. This is music that is triumphantly modern, as these five young musicians demonstrate.”
Raul da Gama, DaGama Jazz

“What Cowboys & Frenchmen haz done is present jazz that is fresh and defies easy categorizing, and offers rewarding listening; a rare combo these days.”
Robert D. Rusch, Cadence Magazine

Radio Charting
The debut album from Cowboys & Frenchmen enjoyed the #1 slot on the CMJ Jazz Chart, and continued to chart for 12 weeks, including place- ment on the JazzWeek Top 50, breaking into the top 12 on the RMR Jazz Chart, being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and PRI’s Jazz After Hours. Rodeo reached the #2 slot on the German iTunes chart, proving RODEO has global appeal.

 

Videos

 

Discography

(click album cover for Spotify link to listen)

 

Selected Performance History

Festivals & Competitions
   M-Prize
   Umbria Jazz Festival
   DC Jazz Festival
   NASA Conference

Venues
New York, NY
   Rockwood Music Hall: Stage 3
   Cornelia Street Cafe
   Bowerie Electric
   Silvana
   Joe's Pub
   ShapeShifter Lab
   Caffe Vivaldi
   Freddy's Bar & Backroom

Other   
   Scat Jazz Lounge
   Presbyterian Church

Bluer Than You Think Tour (Oct. 2017)    
   Sharp Nine Gallery
   High Rock Outfitters
   City of Asylum: Alphabet City
   Cliff Bell's
   Three Heads Brewing
   Radio Bean
   Blues Alley
   An Die Music


Detroit, MI
Lecce, Italy
Washington, D.C.
Lubbock, TX






 

 

 



Fort Worth, TX
Huntingdon Valley, PA


Durham, NC
Lexington, NC
Pittsburgh, PA
Detroit, MI
Rochester, NY
Burlington, VT
Washington, D.C.
Baltimore, MD


2018
2017
2017
2016




2018
2017, 2016
2017
2016, 2014
2015
2015
2014


2016
2014










 

 

Community Outreach

Baltimore School for the Arts
Slippery Rock University
Royal Oak High School
Oxford High School
Southern Methodist University
Tarrant County Community College

Baltimore, MD
Slippery Rock, PA
Royal Oak, MI
Oxford, MI
Dallas, TX
Tarrant County, TX

2017
2017
2017
2017
2016
2016

 

Press Photos

(click image for download link)

 

CONTACTS

Booking
Owen Broder
904.537.3141
obroder@owenbroder.com

Press & Radio
Braithwaite & Katz Communications
Ann Braithwaite
781.259.9600
ann@bkmusicpr.com

 

 

Social Media & Web Links

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