Nice post from Getty Images from the Chicago Jazz Festival 2014:

Jazz guitarist Bobby Broom‘s 11th album, “My Shining Hour,” is now the #5 Jazz album in America, according to JazzWeek.

The album, which features Broom and The Bobby Broom Trio, which includes Dennis Carroll on bass and Makaya McCraven on drums, debuted three weeks ago on the JazzWeek Chart at #41, moved up to #22 last week, and is now at #5 in the September 1st release of the JazzWeek Rankings.

“Seeing this kind of chart activity is thrilling for me because it means my music is reaching the people,” said Broom.  “Thanks so much to all the Program Directors, DJs and listeners.”



By: Carol Banks Weber  AXS Contributor Aug 26, 2014

It’s important to note that virtuoso Chicago jazz guitarist Bobby Broom did not want to make a typical standard cover album in the August 19th release from Origin Records, My Shining Hour.

His previous release, the broad-reaching 2012 Upper West Side Story contains all original, deeply personalized musical accounts of life growing up in New York City. On the strength of that album and a sterling history of recognizably original music, DownBeat editors picked Broom out of thousands recently as a top guitarist in the Critics Poll, his third time.

For My Shining Hour, Broom brought in…

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Heather Bambrick and Bobby Broom with Dani

“Versatility … a sign of broad strokes of musical understanding, a quiver full of many stylistic arrows. That’s exactly what my guest this morning has. Bobby Broom has carved out a career that’s firmly placed him in several musical worlds, with Jazz as his home. He’s worked with Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Dr. John, Ron Carter, Ramsey Lewis and many more. He reinvented pop and soul music of the 60s and 70s; transformed the hits of Stevie Wonder; he reinterpreted the music of Thelonious Monk; and established himself as an accomplished song writer. It’s his versatility and mainstream appeal that brought him together with Steely Dan on several tours, including the one that brings them to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts this Saturday and Sunday. I’m delighted to welcome to the show, Bobby Broom.”

Listen to the interview:

A snippet from our sound check in Madison, WI. prior to opening for Steely Dan’s Jamalot Ever After Tour date at Overture Hall…