Santa Monica, CA.-based jazz pianist Alan Broadbent was among the New Zealand-born musicians awarded the Member of the Order of Merit in New Zealand's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The list of accolades, which recognizes 189 people, was unveiled today (June 2).

The 61-year old Broadbent, who arrived in the United States in 1966 to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, went on to work with Woody Herman as a writer, arranger and soloist in the late '60s and early '70s.

He later worked with Henry Mancini, Diane Schuur, Chet Baker, Irene Kral, Warne Marsh and Bud Shank. His arrangements won him two Grammys, in 1997 for Natalie Cole's "When I Fall in Love, and in 2000 for "Lonely Town" by Quartet West with Shirley Horn.

Releasing solo albums on Discovery, Concord and Artistry Music, Broadbent is a member of Charlie Haden's Quartet West. He is also orchestra music director for Diana Krall and has conducted orchestras in the U.S. and Japan for Elvis Costello when he toured in support of his 2006 "Live With The Metropole Orkest: My Flame Burns Blue" set.

Two other veteran musicians honored in the list were guitarist Peter Posa, whose instrumental "The White Rabbit" (Viking Records) topped the New Zealand and Australian charts in 1964, and pre-eminent alto saxophone player John McCormick, who leads the Manawatu Jazz Club Big Band.