Guitarist Bobby Broom’s love of jazz has never blocked out his affection for the pop music which he grew up with. It’s been a frequent wellspring throughout his career.
“It’s a lot of what I do,” he acknowledges. “Material is material, and I’m just trying to do things that are interesting to me and that I feel might be interesting to people.”
Soul Fingers, his joyful 2018 release with his organ trio The Organi-Sation, produced by legendary drummer Steve Jordan, presents a whole album’s worth of such interesting things.
Drawn from Broom’s favorite songs of his childhood in the 1960s and ’70s, the album runs the gamut from The Beatles and Procul Harum to Bobbie Gentry and Motown.
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“Broom is the full monty: Ultra-refined timing and tone,
continuous flow of ideas, a touch of grease,
a treat for the connoisseur - John Corbett, DownBeat, 2014
... one of the most musical guitarists of our times
- Ted Gioia, Jazz.com (Jun 16, 2009)
Bobby Broom's trio can be compared with Sonny Rollins' and the
- Owen Cordle, JazzTimes
The mighty fire of Broom’s playing…seems to have grown hotter and
- Joe Woodard, Jazziz
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
DePaul University - 2002 to 2008
Chicago Musical College, Roosevelt University (formerly the
Conservatory of Music) - 1987 to 1992
Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford - 1982 to 1984
Ravinia Music In the Schools, Jazz Mentor 2000 to present
The Thelonious Monk Institute in 1989 and presently