Bobby Broom

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

18 January 1961, New York City, New York, USA. Broom began playing guitar at the age of 13 but was not interested in jazz until he heard Grover Washington Jnr. and George Benson. Broom’s studies broadened his interests and he also learned to play bass, but it was the lineage of jazz guitar that most attracted his attention. Moving away from the rock and fusion influences of the 70s, he concentrated upon the guitar heritage of musicians such as Wes Montgomery and Grant Green. Broom studied for a year at Berklee College Of Music, then returned to New York where he was offered the chance to work with jazz funk trumpet player Tom Browne and also with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He chose Browne but in the early 80s was with Sonny Rollins. He resumed studying in the mid-80s, then played with Kenny Burrell and Miles Davis.

Into the 90s and new millennium, Broom continued to be much sought after, his eclectic style and tastes allowing...

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