Jack Broza (b. 1996) is a New York City based artist trying to make music that matters. His work explores the potential of multimedia to tell stories that are personally affecting and socially pertinent. Trained as a jazz and classical guitarist, Jack studied contemporary composition as an Undergraduate at Yale University and Afro-Cuban music while living in Havana. His music ranges in form as much as in genre; recent endeavors include his first solo album, Gather, Together, an original dance-theater piece entitled Opera x Metamorphoses, and the score to the short film Freehand. For these projects and others Jack has been recognized with a number of accolades, including the Abraham Beekman Cox Prize in composition, a Best Shorts Competition film scoring award, the Lewis P. Curtis Fellowship, the Tristan Perlroth Prize, and the Charles P. Howland Fellowship.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Jack Broza comes from a family of musicians. His father, Jamie Lawrence, and grandfather, Elliot Lawrence, are both Emmy-Award winners with long lists of varied musical accomplishments. Before beginning as a music major at Yale in 2014, Jack focused on jazz performance, studying guitar in summer workshops at NYU and Berklee School of Music. Since then he has been coached in improvisation by Grammy-Award winning saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, and studied composition with Konrad Kaczmarek and Kathryn Alexander.
Much of Jack's work blends music with visual media or is composed in response to visual art. He has completed multiple video art projects alongside longtime collaborator Leonard Galmon. At Yale he was commissioned by the Yale University Art Gallery to curate, compose, and perform four concerts as part of their Gallery+ series; each performance was installed within the specific design of a YUAG special exhibition, the music responding to the art and architecture. The live performance of his debut album Gather, Together, which earned Jack a Creative Performing Arts award at Yale and was produced in the Spring of 2018, was accompanied by original set design, projection design, and short film by Jack, Galmon, and Rocky Bostick.
Beyond the spheres of composition and performance, Jack advocates for new educational opportunities for underrepresented music. As a leader of the Yale Jazz Collective, Jack organized free public concerts and masterclasses with artists such as Christian Scott and Arturo O'Farrill. The Collective was also successful in lobbying Yale to create a new Jazz initiative in 2016. Jack has also worked on jazz advocacy through the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. In the fall of 2018 he will be embarking on a year-long oral history project about Cuban music, a Yale-funded public service initiative to document stories from musicians in Cuba and the Cuba diaspora.
Jack has performed at Joe's Pub, Carnegie Hall, The Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, the Litchfield Jazz Festival, and more.