Review: Bobby Broom has ‘Shining Hour’ at Jazz Showcase

By Howard Reich
Chicago Tribune

Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom chose well in naming his most recent album “My Shining Hour,” for this year has amounted to a glowing passage in his career.

The recording has won richly deserved critical praise and listener popularity, but that’s just part of what has been happening with Broom. He reached a wide audience over the summer opening for Steely Dan across the country, and he headlined on the main stage of the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Pritzker Pavilion.

As if to reach for one more triumph before 2014…

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Last night at the Jazz Showcase! #3 Album in America, starting GRAMMY® consideration: “My Shining Hour” See why the Chicago Tribune raves about the Windy City’s top charting group, The Bobby Broom Trio as they finish off a GREAT weekend with shows at 4, 8 and 10p at the classic Jazz Showcase downtown. Sun or snow, you must go!

JOIN the event, and let him know you’ll be there!



After a summer on the North American tour opening Steely Dan,  his third DownBeat Critics Poll nod (in a row),  and a smash hit album, “My Shining Hour,” (#3 & #5 two weeks each, 8 of 12 in the Top 10, 9 of 12 in the top 20), Jazz guitarist Bobby Broom and The Bobby Broom Trio come into sweet home Chicago for 9 shows at the Jazz Showcase beginning TOMORROW, Thursday November 13th through Sunday November 16th  at 8 & 10 p.m. with a special SUNDAY only show at 4p.

Broom is joined by long-time bassist Dennis Carroll, and the great Makaya McCraven on the drums.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.  Find the date, click on the link, and secure your seats today!

The JazzTimes Readers Poll is taking voting NOW for your favorite artist. Amazingly, they have OMITTED Bobby Broom from several categories. Show some love for your favorite guitarist!

Write him in for:

  • Artist of the Year – OTHER – Bobby Broom;
  • Best New ReleaseOTHER – “My Shining Hour”;
  • Best Small Acoustic Group – OTHER – The Bobby Broom Trio – ;
  • Best Label – Origin Records;
    Best Guitarist – OTHER – Bobby Broom;

HURRY! Voting ends at 5 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 24. Thanks for your participation.



Jazz guitarist Bobby Broom is deeply honored that his album, “#MyShiningHour,” has been included in the first round of consideration of the 2015 GRAMMY® Awards by the members of  the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).  The album features The Bobby Broom Trio, with Dennis Carroll on bass and Makaya McCraven on drums.

Members can listen to the album on Spotify: