One of the most innovative and individual jazz guitarists to come out of the U.S. in recent years. His superb technical prowess and ability to improvise over chord changes and progressions never ceases to amaze & delight audiencies all over the world. His guitar of choice is the Hofner Jazzica in violin finish.
Born in Harlem and raised on the Upper West Side of NYC, Bobby Broom took up guitar at 12 and four years later, in 1977, made his first appearance with Sonny Rollins and Donald Byrd at Carnegie Hall. He went on to tour and record with Rollins in 1981 – 1986 and again, recently, from 2005 – 2010.
By 1981, Broom had recorded his debut as a leader, Clean Sweep (GRP Records). He relocated to Chicago later in the decade, working with Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, Charles Earland, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett and Dr. John, among others.
Throughout his career, Broom has also been active as a jazz educator. He holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University. Currently teaching at North Park University, Broom is a former jazz faculty member of the American Conservatory of Music and DePaul, Roosevelt and Hartford Universities. He conducts clinics, master classes and lectures nationwide and abroad and is also an instructor with the Thelonious Monk Institute, Ravinia Festival Organization and Music Institute of Chicago.
As a jazz artist and guitarist, Bobby has spent the new millennium refocusing on his own music, especially with his Bobby Broom Trio and the Deep Blue Organ Trio. Heralded as “one of the most musical guitarists of our times”