Duke Jazz Ensemble with Bobby Broom, guitar
Born in Harlem and raised on the Upper West Side of NYC, Bobby Broom was seventeen when he made his first appearance with Sonny Rollins in Carnegie Hall. He went on to tour and record with Rollins in 1981- 86 (and again from 2005 - 2010). During his early years, he also performed with trumpeters Tome Browne and Hugh Masekela, pianists Weldon Irvine, Dave Grusin and Charlie Parker, and pianists Al Haig and Walter Bishop, Jr. By 1981, Broom had recorded his debut as a leader, "Clean Sweep" for GRP Records. After relocating to Chicago, he continued to work with Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, Charles Earland, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett and Dr. John, among others. An active jazz educator, Broom holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University and has taught at the Hartt School of Music, DePaul University, and currently at North Park University. Heralded as "one of the most musical guitarists of our times," by critic Ted Gioia, Broom has spent the new millennium focusing on his musical output as a leader, recording with the Bobby Broom Trio and Deep Blue Organ Trio for the Origin label. He was recognized as one of the top guitarists in Down Beat magazine's Critics Poll from 2012-2014, and his latest BBT release, "My Shining Hour" (Origin, 2014), received a New York Times review and placed at number three on the US national jazz radio chart. His latest recording, "Soul Fingers," with the Bobby Broom Organi-Sation, is his most ambitious to date.