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Bobby Broom (Chicago)
The Jazz Estate
Milwaukee, WI
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Bobby Broom (Chicago)
The Estate welcomes world-class guitarist Bobby Broom to the Estate stage January 18th!

General Admission Tickets $15
Reserved Premium Table $22


In a career spanning three decades, preeminent guitarist Bobby Broom has embodied the truism that its the player not the tune that makes for a memorable performance in jazz. After years as an elite sideman with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, and Dr. John, Broom reintroduced himself to the jazz world with Stand! (2001), a brilliant foray into the pop music he grew up hearing in the 1960s and 70s. In his subsequent releases hes demonstrated a keen ear for rarely played material, a gift for composing evocative tunes, and impressive facility with the knotty rhythmic puzzles of Thelonious Monk, which is what makes his new album My Shining Hour such an unexpected revelation. The luxuriantly melodic session features Brooms working trio focusing on beloved American Songbook standards.

Born in Harlem on January 18, 1961 and raised on Manhattans Upper West Side, Bobby Broom was still in his mid-teens when he started attracting the attention of veteran masters. Performing with teenage peers in Young, Gifted, and Broke, a musical by To Be Young, Gifted, and Black lyricist Weldon Irvine, Broom was surprised when guitarist Aurell Ray approached him as a possible replacement in Sonny Rollinss band. He soon found himself in an hour-long rehearsal with bassist Bob Cranshaw, drummer Eddie Moore, and the tenor titan himself, who concluded the session by seeking to hire Broom for an upcoming tour.

Broom decided to finish high school instead, but Rollins was undaunted, promising to call when he returned to town, which is how the guitarist ended up making his Gotham debut at Carnegie Hall in 1977 with Rollins, Cranshaw, Moore, Ray, pianist Mike Nock, and trumpeter Donald Byrd.

Rollins called again in 1981 and took Broom on the road for six years. He rejoined Rollins in 2005 for another long stint, and can be heard on an array of his releases, from 1981s No Problem and 1983s Reel Life (both on Milestone) to 2006s Sonny, Please and 2008s and 2014s Road Shows, vols. 1 and 3 (all on Doxy), plus the 2008 Doxy DVD Sonny Rollins in Vienne.

Part of a precociously talented cadre at Manhattans Fame High School of Music and Art that included Omar Hakim, Marcus Miller, and Bernard Wright, Broom spent his senior year sitting in with legendary bebop pianist Al Haig at Gregorys. He was still a teenager when he sat in with Art Blakey at Mikells, and ended up declining the drummers offer to join the Jazz Messengers. Instead he joined up with trumpeter Tom Browne, with whom he started recording for GRP. Broom quickly became a staple at the label, recording with Dave Grusin, Dave Valentin, and Bernard Wright and cutting his first two albums as a leader, 1981s Clean Sweep (GRP/Arista) and 1984s Livin for the Beat (Arista).


The Jazz Estate (View)
2423 N Murray Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States


Music > Jazz

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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