Bearing Standards – The Current Significance of Jazz Standard Repertoire

written for Jazziz magazine’s Coda section, fall 2012 Recently, I had an exchange with a jazz impresario about a fan’s preference for jazz standards over original material —…

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Farewell to Hiram Bullock (1955-2008)

written by Bobby Broom for Jazz Voicings, his bimonthly Chicago Jazz Magazine column Hiram Bullock probably became best known as the barefoot guitarist in Paul Schaefer’s band for…

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Sonny Rollins: Living the Grace and Mystery of Jazz

written by Bobby Broom for Jazz Voicings, his bimonthly Chicago Jazz Magazine column People often ask me what it’s like to work with Sonny Rollins: what he’s like,…

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Audience Participation – Gimme Some Mo’

written by Bobby Broom for Jazz Voicings, his bimonthly Chicago Jazz Magazine column I sometimes wonder if jazz needs a competition akin to the Olympics in order to…

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Jazz Fun In the Summer Time

written by Bobby Broom for Jazz Voicings, his bimonthly Chicago Jazz Magazine column Ahhh, those summer days… They make me think of freedom and fun and an escape…

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Northwestern University’s Jazz Blues – Postscript

I am actually happy to eat crow after having erroneously accused Northwestern University’s School of Music of altogether disregarding America’s, or more accurately, African-Americans’ great contribution to world…

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The Joy of Jazz In Education

written by Bobby Broom for Jazz Voicings, his bimonthly Chicago Jazz Magazine column College Jazz Studies programs have placed so much emphasis on the academics of jazz that…

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Bobby Broom Picks Five Instrumental Jazz guitar CDs

written by Bobby Broom for Jazz Voicings, his bimonthly Chicago Jazz Magazine column After hearing George Benson play Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” on his Bad Benson record, I…

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Northwestern University’s Jazz Blues

written by Bobby Broom for Jazz Voicings, his bimonthly Chicago Jazz Magazine column The case of the wilting of Northwestern University’s Jazz Studies program is a particularly sad…

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I’ve Got Rhythm – Keeping Time and the Metronome

written for his Chicago Jazz Magazine column Jazz Voicings by Bobby Broom I stopped practicing with a metronome very early on in my study of the guitar. Shortly…

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