KSDS-FM Jazz 88’s host Dave Drexler sits down with jazz guitarist Bobby Broom for this radio interview:
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September 16, 2016
By Howard Reich
Listeners long have savored the music of Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom, but his work never has sounded more intimate than it did Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase.
Leading a trio that reveled in understatement, Broom performed as if leading a session in his living room, the rest of us invited to eavesdrop. Even Broom’s spoken introductions were delivered at something just above a whisper, the musician in every way encouraging his audience to lean in a bit to fully perceive what was happening.
Like many jazz musicians of boomer vintage, Broom has nurtured a love of pop hits from the 1960s and ’70s, and he indulged it on this occasion, in most appealing ways.
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Legendary Jazz Guitarist Bobby Broom returns to the Windy for four nights of amazing #hotchill music with his group, The Bobby Broom Trio with the amazing Dennis Carroll on the bass and the epic Makaya McCraven on drums. This is truly one of the best trios that you will see in North America today, and Broom’s soaring guitar can take even the most well tread musical ground and breathe magic into it. At Chicago’s home of legends, the Jazz Showcase. Tickets
With Louis Heriveaux, piano and Jeffrey Anderson, bass… Yessir!!! I am seriously looking forward to playing with both of these gentlemen again as soon as possible!
Bobby Broom is no stranger to the Chicago Jazz Festival. He’s performed there with numerous groups, including his own The Bobby Broom Organisation, for which he took time to come off the road from opening on the North American Tour of Steely Dan.
This year, Broom will appear with old friends, top players all, from The Deal Quartet. They have reunited for a few concerts at Andy’s Jazz Club over the summer, and the festival will be their big stage debut since they reunited.
They will be at the Jay Pritzker Stage on Sunday, September 4th, at 2:20p.
In addition, Broom has been asked to serve as Emcee of the stage on Sunday!
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For years, listeners identified Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom with the Deep Blue Organ Trio, a soulful organization featuring him with organist Chris Foreman and drummer Greg Rockingham.
Their appearances at the Green Mill Jazz Club and elsewhere built a large and loyal following in Chicago and beyond, the three having achieved a degree of synchronicity and mutual intuitiveness not routinely encountered.
But like many long-running ensembles, Deep Blue eventually disbanded, leaving Broom to put together another band when Steely Dan invited him to serve as opening act for a 2014 tour. Ever since, Broom has been championing his new Organi-Sation, which played the Green Mill Jazz Club successfully last summer and opened a still more impressive four-night engagement Thursday evening at the Jazz Showcase.
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In a career spanning three decades, guitarist Bobby Broom has embodied the truism that it’s the player not the tune that makes for a memorable performance in jazz. Performing as a sideman with legendary artists such as Sonny Rollin’s, Miles Davis, Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine and Dr. John, just to name a few, while also constantly touring and recording with his own groups, Broom is always pushing his playing and his concepts to new heights.
Starting tonight (December 3rd) through Sunday (December 6th), he will be performing with his trio at Joe & Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase in Chicago. We caught up with him ahead of this weekend’s performances to talk about his life in music, his concepts on playing and what he has in store for the listeners this weekend…
#MagicMondays with The Bobby Broom Trio have been extended through December! Sets at 5p & 7p. at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago!