By R.J. DELUKE
Published: April 23, 2012
Guitarist Bobby Broom had a feel for music at a very young age. He was exposed first to clarinet and violin as a child, but they didn’t have an impact on him. Eventually, an old guitar came through the household. It had four strings across an instrument with a small neck.
“I didn’t know it was a descendent of the banjo,” Broom recalls. “I found out later it was a tenor guitar. I still have it. I didn’t do anything with it. I was about 8. About four years after that I decided I wanted to play guitar. There was no clear reason why I made that decision. I just woke up one morning and decided that was it. I wanted a guitar. I was 12.”
Now 51, Broom has been playing that instrument ever since, and rose at a remarkable level, playing with pianist Al Haig at the ripe age of 12 and with Sonny Rollins for the first time at 16, years before touring with the Saxophone Colossus.