Born in Harlem and raised on the Upper West Side of NYC, Bobby Broom took up guitar at 12 and five years later, in 1977, made his first appearance with Sonny Rollins and Donald Bryd at Carnegie Hall. He went on to tour and record with Rollins in 1981- 86 and again, more recently from 2005 – 2010. During his early years, Bobby also performed with trumpeters: Tome Browne and Hugh Masekela, pianists: Weldon Irvine and Dave Grusin and Charlie Parker pianists: Al Haig and Walter Bishop, Jr.
By 1981, Broom had recorded his debut as a leader, Clean Sweep for GRP Records. He relocated to Chicago later in that decade, while continuing to work with Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, Charles Earland, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett and Dr. John, among others over the next 20 years.
Throughout his career, Bobby has also been active as a jazz educator. He holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University. His first teaching experience was under the auspices of Jackie Mclean at the University of Hartford’s, Hartt school of Music. Prior to his current position at North Park University, Broom was a jazz faculty member at DePaul University for six years. He conducts clinics, master classes and lectures nationwide and abroad, is an artist/instructor with the Thelonious Monk Institute and for eighteen years has been a Ravinia Jazz Mentor to Chicago Public School students.
Heralded as “one of the most musical guitarists of our times,” by author and jazz critic Ted Gioia, Bobby has spent the new millennium focusing on his musical output as a leader. He has recorded with both his Bobby Broom Trio and the disbanded, Deep Blue Organ Trio for the Premonition, Delmark and Origin labels (his Plays for Monk was released in spring 2009, The Way I Play in April 2008, and Deep Blue’s Wonderfu1! in 2011 and Folk Music in 2007). He was recognized as
one of the top guitarists in Down Beat magazine’s annual Critics Poll for 3 years, from
2012–2014. His Deep Blue CD, Wonderfu1!, reached number one on both US national jazz radio charts. 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.
Broom’s latest recording is with his new organ group, the Bobby Broom Organi-Sation, which was the opening act for Steely Dan’s fifty city, North American tour of 2014. The new recording, “Soul Fingers,” is Broom’s most ambitious to date. Produced by Steve Jordan, Bobby once again revisits the music of his youth, employing palpable group interplay, a wide range of instrumental palates and his own singularly personal sound and style.