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Bobby Broom

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Bobby Broom was born in Harlem, New York, on January 18, 1961, and raised on Manhattan’s

Upper West Side. He began studying the guitar at age 12, concentrating on jazz under the aegis of

Harlem-based guitar instructor Jimmy Carter. A 16-year-old prodigy at the High School of Music and Art (now known as the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts), he played in the jazz ensemble and was awarded for Outstanding Jazz Improvisation during his senior year.

Chaperoned by Weldon Irvine (an early mentor of his, composer for Freddie Hubbard and Horace Silver, bandleader for Nina Simone, and lyricist of “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”), the 16-year-old Broom found himself in an East Side NYC jazz club for the purpose of being taught to sit in. That lesson became a reality for Broom when Al Haig, pianist for Charlie Parker, invited him to join in for a couple of tunes. Impressed by the youngster’s playing, Haig offered him the chance to play with him at Gregory’s on the Upper East Side whenever he wanted. Broom ended up playing two or three times a week there, and also got to play, with great awe, with another notable Bird keyboardist, Walter Bishop, Jr.

Album

Jamalot Live

Label: Steele Records
Released: 2024

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News: Recording

Guitarist Bobby Broom Serves Up A Platter Of Spicy Organ Jazz With 'Jamalot,' Set For May 24 Release By Steele Records

Guitarist Bobby Broom Serves Up A Platter Of Spicy Organ Jazz With 'Jamalot,' Set For May 24 Release By Steele Records

Acclaimed guitarist Bobby Broom makes a welcome return to one of his longtime favorite formats—the jazz organ trio—with Jamalot,a live albumand the second by his Organi-Sation,to be released May 24 on Steele Records. While the trio (which also features organist Ben Paterson and drummer Kobie Watkins) debuted on record with 2018’s Soul Fingers, they have been ...

Album

Mistaken Identity

Label: 7tēn33 Productions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Is That So?, Allison, When We Were One, No Hype Blues, Beyond Yesterday's Tomorrows, Grace Ann, Stablemates, To Be, Mistaken Identity

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Article: Album Review

Ron Blake: Mistaken Identity

Read "Mistaken Identity" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Once hailed as a promising young lion, Puerto Rico-born saxophonist Ron Blake is more a crafty old fox these days, bringing his wealth of experience and undeniable talent to bear on Mistaken Identity, his first album as leader in fifteen years. To assure a broad comfort zone, Blake invited guitarist Bobby Broom, a ...

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Article: Album Review

Christopher McBride: Ramon

Read "Ramon" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Jazz is a conversation that has been going on for over a century. Each musician adds their own statement to the discourse, and one of the most exciting aspects of engaging with jazz is the opportunity to witness and appreciate the various voices that emerge and contribute to this ongoing dialogue. Here is one such profound ...

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Article: Profile

Jazz Honors The Beatles

Read "Jazz Honors The Beatles" reviewed by AAJ Staff


All About Jazz is honoring The Fab Four in the year of the 60th anniversary of the release of their first album (Please Please Me). This collective tribute was originally published in September 2009--as a living document, we'll add more quotes & stories over time (see how-to in comments section). We also compiled a companion playlist ...

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News: Education

The New Standard in Jazz Backing Tracks

The New Standard in Jazz Backing Tracks

A New Generation of Jazz Backing Tracks Backing tracks are a valuable practice tool for musicians of all levels. Let’s face it, we don’t all live in a major city where we can play with top players every night and sometimes we need some inspiration to keep us motivated during those long hours in the shed. ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Broom

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Broom

All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby Broom's birthday today! Bobby Broom was born in Harlem, New York, on January 18, 1961, and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He began studying the guitar at age 12, concentrating on jazz under the aegis of Harlem-based guitar instructor Jimmy Carter. A 16-year-old prodigy at the High School of ...

Album

Keyed Up

Label: Steele Records
Released: 2022


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