Bobby Broom was born in Harlem on January 18, 1961 and grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He didn’t begin playing guitar until age 12 and his first lessons focused on folk music. A year later, Broom began studying with a jazz guitar teacher named, Jimmy Carter. Though Carter encouraged his student to listen to jazz, Broom was more interested in the pop hits of the day from Earth Wind and Fire and Kool and The Gang. Hearing Herbie Hancock’s rock-inflected record Headhunters convinced Broom to give jazz a second chance. After delving into the music of George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino, Broom was hooked.