Downbeat Magazine released its 62nd Annual Critics Poll and, for the third year in a row, jazz guitarist Bobby Broom was on it, a recognition of a career spanning more than three decades in Jazz where his soaring guitar has graced so many ensembles and recordings, both as a solo act and with some of the greatest names in the music.
“Wow! Three years in a row on the critics’ poll (and every year I still kinda don’t believe it),” he posted to his Facebook fans early this morning. “My sincere thanks to the critics at DownBeat Magazine!”
Broom will not rest though. This summer he will be touring North America opening for Steely Dan with his trio, the Bobby Broom Organi-Sation, and in August, will release his 11th album, “My Shining Hour” for the Origin Records label.
Bobby will also take a break from the tour on August 31st to make an appearance with the Bobby Broom Trio at the Chicago Jazz Festival.
What is new for an artist admired by icons of the Jazz world like Sonny Rollins, and the only guitarist ever to play with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers? Bobby is bringing his passion for Jazz to a new generation of listeners and engaging with the popular music audience. It is happening through his new website, his engagement with social media, the summer tour, and the new album which puts a bold, fresh face on the American Songbook for audiences who may be unfamiliar with some of America’s greatest music.
Look for him in a city near you this summer, and make sure to get a copy of his album from Origin, or your favorite online music source!