Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Broom, Bobby (Robert Broom, Jr.)
Broom, Bobby [Robert Broom, Jr.], guitarist; b. New York City, 18 January 1961. His parents are Robert Broom, bn. 1919, Alachua, FL, and Rubye Broom, bn. 1921, Peerless, West VA. He took private guitar studies with Jimmy Carter (1974-1976), at the High School of Music and Art, NYC (1975-1978) and at Berklee College of Music (1978-1979). By the age of sixteen he had performed with Sonny Rollins and Donald Byrd at Carnegie Hall and was playing clubs with Charlie Parker pianists, Al Haig and Walter Bishop, Jr. After attending Boston's Berklee College of Music, he returned to NYC eager to gain even more experience.
Before long he became one of the "young lions" of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers of 1980. Broom made the decision to tour and record with jazz-funk trumpeter and GRP artist, Tom Browne, foregoing his connection with the Blakey band. He was soon in Japan however, touring and recording with GRP Records co-founder Dave Grusin. Later he signed a recording contract with GRP which yielded two records.
Opportunities continued which allowed for Bobby's musical growth. Beginning in 1982 he worked with his mentor Sonny Rollins again, touring for four years and recording two albums. Then in 1987 he was hand-picked by jazz guitar icon, Kenny Burrell to be featured as a member of "The Jazz Guitar Band." That group toured and released two live recordings of performances at the Village Vanguard for Blue Note Records.
Since his departure from New York Broom has continued to tour, record and teach. He has recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, organist Charles Earland, and saxophonists Stanley Turrentine, Ronnie Cuber, Eric Alexander, and David Murray. Broom's other notable concert performances include stints with Miles Davis, Max Roach, Jimmy Smith, Courtney Pine, E. S. P. and Kenny Garrett. Most recently he toured, recorded and co-produced the Blue Note recording, Duke Elligant, with New Orleans legend, Dr. John.
In addition to his live performances, Bobby has also garnered years of experience as a jazz educator and faculty member at Chicago's American Conservatory of Music, Roosevelt University, the University of Hartford (under the direction of Jackie McLean), as well as for the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz. He is currently a professor of jazz guitar at DePaul University. He has also conducted workshops and master classes for the Yamaha Music Corporation of America, Hofner Guitars and as a clinician at various schools and universities including Duke University, the University of South Florida, Northern Illinios University and Bellarmine University and a "jazz mentor" to Chicago inner-city high school students for the Ravinia Festival Organization's Music In The Schools community outreach program.
His spouse is Maureen and his daughter is Nicole.
Clean Sweep (1981); Livin For The Beat (1984); No Hype Blues (1996); Waiting And Waiting (1997); Modern Man (2001); Stand! (2001)
Bernard Wright: Nard (1980): Dave Grusin & The GRP Allstars: Live In Japan (1980); Dave Valentine: Pied Piper (1981); Sadao Watanabe: Orange Express (1981), Good Time for Love (1982); Tom Browne: Love Approach (1982), Magic (1982); Sonny Rollins: No Problem (1982), Reel Life (1982); Stanley Turrentine: Blow (1983); Kenny Burrell and The Jazz Guitar Band: Generation (1986), Pieces of Blue (1986), The Blues (1986); Charles Earland: Front Burner (1988), Third Degree Burn (1988); Dizzy Gillespie: Endlessly (1991); Ronnie Cuber: Cubism (1992); R. Kelly: My Bodys Calling from the album 12 Play (1993); Charles Fambrough: Blues at Bradleys (1993); David Murray: Jug-A-Lug and The Tip (1994); Eric Alexander: In Europe (1995); Impromp 2: You're Gonna Love It (1996); Dr. John: Duke Elligant (1999)
Flirting With Disaster; The Little Rascals; A Brother's Kiss
Videos and television:
The 19th Hole Michelob Beer commercial; Dr. John (somewhere in Europe) European TV; Charles Fambrough: Live at Bradley's; Dave Grusin & Thr GRP Allstars Live in Japan (Japanese release); Impromptu: "Summer Nights" Mojazz Records video single/ BET TV USA; Sonny Rollins in Montreal BET TV; E.S.P. (concert footage from Germany) European TV; Bobby Broom Trio: Live in Indianapolis PBSTV "Circle City Jazz" series
NPR Chicago/WBEZ: 848 Show: feature interview
WDCB (IL, USA): On The Scene Show: feature interview
NPR New York/WBGO: feature interview
NPR: 'Toast of The Nation 2001': Bobby Broom Trio live performance national broadcast
Magazine and Newspapers:
Jazziz Magazine: Traditions Column, "Yesterday and More", by Neil Tesser January, 2002
Indianapolis Star: Arts Section "Ensemble shows variety, skill during strong show", by Jay Harvey, January 26, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Variety section, 'Brand New Broom', by Tom Surowicz January 11, 2002
Chicago Tribune: Tempo Section, "Guitarist Broom sweeps holiday crowd off its feet", by Howard Reich, January 2, 2002
Chicago Tribune: Tempo section 'Guitars no longer play second string in Chicago scene', by Howard Reich, October 7, 2001
20th Century Guitar Jazz Guitar Profiles, "Bobby Broom: A talent deserving world wide attention", by Jude Hibler, January, 2002
Jazz Times Magazine: Hearsay section feature, by John Murph, August, 2001
Jazz Journal International: Cover and feature article, 1993
Chicago Reader: "Finding a Groove", by Peter Margasak, November 16, 2001