Bobby talks about how he prepared for my new album release, Keyed Up – including practice methods on the opening song (Bud Powell’s “Hallucinations”), and the use of technology as a way to aid and inspire practice. Keyed Up release date: September 23, 2022 Pre-order the new album here:https://a.co/d/ixjEcOX
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My heart is full today as I announce my appointment to Associate Professor with tenure at NIU. This milestone in my career as a jazz musician and educator reminds me of the blessing of having two parents that embodied the spirit of perseverance that is encoded in the DNA of the African American.
Dad, was from an immediate family of Florida “farmers” according to census records (which was probably a euphemism for sharecroppers), with grandparents who were slaves; and mom, was from Appalachian coal-country in West Virginia.
Not advancing past the 6th grade, in the early 1930s as a teen, Dad had the ‘opportunity’ to work for President Roosevelt’s “Civilian Conservation Corps” https://bit.ly/3u9Cd5P in Florida. Somewhere along the way, he had a mentor that imparted the knowledge that “no matter what, no one is better than you.” As a working family man and father, he imbued everything he did (including raising me) with that notion of dignity.
Mom came up through the grueling, 1930s McDowell County, WV system of coal-mining–with its dangerous work conditions, farcical company store, and nefarious “Cinder Bottom” red-light district https://bit.ly/3bFsIoA. Gifted with intellect, vision, and inclined toward education, she rose above seemingly hopeless conditions to wind up in NYC where she received a Master of Arts degree in Education and became a respected NYC junior high school English teacher.
These two stellar examples of fortitude and the inherent resilience of Black folk–in addition to being the ones responsible for giving birth to my Capricorn nature—were my very first models. They set the stage, and rehearsed and groomed me to play my part in life.
Thank you to Northern Illinois University for recognizing my worth in my field and allowing me to be of service. Thank you Maureen Broom for your undying love, faith and investment in me. Thank you to all of my mentors throughout my life and career–Weldon Irvine, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Paul Jeffrey, Kenny Burrell, Bernie Dobroski, Craig Bailey, and Reggie Thomas. All of your support, encouragement, and belief in me helped to foster my continued belief in myself.
(Pictured is my grandmother, Leila, with six of her nine kids in around 1925. Dad, Robert, Sr., was the youngest boy on the bottom left.
Comenzó a tocar la guitarra a la edad de 13 años, pero no le interesó el jazz hasta que escuchó a Grover Washington Jr. y George Benson. Los estudios de Broom ampliaron sus intereses y también aprendió a tocar el bajo, pero fue el linaje de la guitarra jazz aquello que llamó más su atención. Alejándose de las influencias del rock y la fusión de los años 70, se concentró en la herencia guitarrística de músicos como Wes Montgomery y Grant Green. Broom estudió durante un año en Berklee College Of Music, luego regresó a Nueva York donde se le ofreció la oportunidad de trabajar con el trompetista de jazz funk Tom Browne y también con Jazz Messengers de Art Blakey. A principios de los 80 estuvo con Sonny Rollins. Reanudó sus estudios a mediados de los 80, luego tocó con Kenny Burrell y Miles Davis. En los 90 y el nuevo milenio, Broom siguió siendo muy buscado, su estilo y gustos eclécticos le permitieron trabajar en muchos géneros ofreciendonos siempre una mezcla con muy buenos resultados.
Join us live on May 29th 2021 from 2:00PM-3:30PM EST (11:00AM-12:30PM PST) as we host a LIVE masterclass with world-renowned guitarist Bobby Broom. Not only will you be able to ask questions and interact with Bobby in this 90 minute webinar, but you will also receive the produced/edited version of this masterclass video for free!
Tonight (Apr. 29) I will be a doing my 7th spotlight feature on “Giants of Jazz Guitar!”
Tonight’s spotlight will showcase jazz guitar icon, Bobby Broom
7-10pm (Pacific Time), on the radio show “Jazz Tracks” with Michael Tanner on KSQD, Santa Cruz.
You can listen live and/or go to the archives at www.ksqd.org to check out the show anywhere in the world!
During these spotlights I will be discussing guitarists playing styles, technique, giving a bit of historical context, and providing 2 tunes to showcase the brilliance and artistry of each musician! I’m spotlighting guitarists from the 1920s up to the present.
AUDIO ARCHIVE: https://ksqd.org/two-week-archive/
Jazz returns to Sessions from Studio A this week with The Reggie Thomas Quartet, featuring acclaimed pianist and current head of Jazz Studios at Northern Illinois University, Reggie Thomas, along with guitarist Bobby Broom, drummer George Fludas, and bassist Dennis Carroll. The quartet gives us a passionate performance in Studio A, and we’ll also hear a conversation with band members about their jazz backgrounds and their thoughts on the social justice protests of the past year.
The accomplishments of these four players are far too many to list right here, so in the words of Bobby Broom on this week’s episode: “…let the playing do the talking.” Enjoy!
The Reggie Thomas Quartet performs “Soft Winds” live in WNIJ’s Studio A
The Reggie Thomas Quartet performs “Everything I Love” live in WNIJ’s Studio A
The Reggie Thomas Quartet performs “Mo'” live in WNIJ’s Studio A