Bobby Broom Organ Trio - Live At Ronnie Scotts

Published 10 years ago on May 2, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist BobbyBroom and his Organ Trio will play two shows at the worldrenowned Ronnie Scotts venue. The two dates on 20-21 May, 2013 willfeature support from The Ronnie Scotts Allstars.


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Bobby began playing guitar and studying music at age twelve. Heattended New York 's famous High School of Music and Art and by thetime he was sixteen was playing with Sonny Rollins, and CharlieParker pianists, Al Haig and Walter Bishop, Jr. Mr. Broom holds aB.A. in music and currently teaches at DePaul University . BobbyBroom has played alongside some of jazz' most dominant figuresincluding Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Stanley Turrentine, KennyBurrell, Charles Earland, Kenny Garrett and Marcus Miller. He hasalso released several recordings as a leader.


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Chris Foreman is a masterful musician andheir to the throne occupied by the soulful, bluesy jazz organlegends who were once his influence. Blind at birth, Foremanstarted playing piano at age five and began formal training atseven. As a teenager he was attracted to the organ sounds of JackMcDuff, Groove Holmes, Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff. Thisattraction led Chris to pursue playing jazz on the organ, which heundertook through intensive study of recordings. Unlike manyAfrican-American musicians whose musical knowledge begins and isestablished through the church, Chris didn't start hisapprenticeship as a church organist until he was almost twentyyears old - well after his jazz roots were established. He hasarrived at a most exciting blend of blues-gospel and jazz and hasdeveloped a stunning command and range on the instrument. The blendof his sound is evident in his professional experience, which hasincluded work with Hank Crawford, Albert Collins, Bernard Purdieand The Mighty Blue Kings.



Drummer Greg Rockingham began playingwhen he was just three years old and debuted as a professionalmusician at age five in his father's jazz ensemble. An alumnus ofthe famed Interlochen Arts Academy and Northeastern University,Greg has performed or recorded with a wide range of famous names,including the orchestras of Glenn Miller and Guy Lombardo,vocalists Freddie Cole, Patty Page and Jerry Vale andinstrumentalists Nat Adderley, Kenny Burrell, Charles Earland andEllis Marsalis.





With his personal approach to the musical legacy that influencedhim, Bobby Broom has become one of the premiere guitarists in jazztoday. "Broom has one of the few truly recognizable styles amongmodern guitarists, and one of the most satisfying solo concepts inmainstream jazz," wrote critic Neil Tesser in the Chicago JazzMusic Examiner. The groundwork laid by his childhood jazz-guitarheroes, Wes Montgomery, early George Benson and Pat Martino andothers such as Kenny Burrell and Grant Green, influenced Broom topursue a career that has included work with Art Blakey, Max Roach,Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Garrett, Miles Davis, Dr. Lonnie Smith,Charles Earland, Dr. John, Kenny Burrell, Eric Alexander, RonCarter and Ramsey Lewis, among others.
Born in Harlem (1960s) and raised on New York City's Upper WestSide (1970s), in the mid 1980s Broom relocated to Chicago where hewent on to tour and record with many of the aforementionedmusicians. In Chicago, he also formed the Bobby Broom Trio in 1990and the Deep Blue Organ Trio in 1999.

Among Bobby Broom's recordings as a leader is his trio's 2001release, Stand!, a recording of unlikely interpretations of 60s and70s pop and soul classics which received praise for staying true tothe creative demands of authentic modern jazz. Jambands onlinemagazine writes: "Stand!"'s theme works well for Broom - it addsaccessibility to the set without getting in the way of documentinga skilled trio in its natural element. Further examples of Broom'sforay into the developing American Song Book can be found on hisother recent recordings as well as on recordings by The Deep BlueOrgan Trio (see discography).


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As an educator, Broom began his work in 1982 for Jackie McLean,Director of African American Music at Studies for the Hartt Schoolof Music at the University of Hartford. Over the years Broom hasalso been a lecturer/instructor at the American Conservatory ofMusic (1986-1990), Chicago Musical College - Roosevelt University(1990-1994), The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (1987), DePaulUniversity (2002-2008) and most recently at North Park University.He currently instructs and coaches Chicago area high schoolstudents for the Ravinia Festival Organization - Jazz MentorCommunity Outreach Program, as well as the Thelonious MonkInstitute.

In 2005, while developing his career as a leader, attendingNorthwestern University for his master's degree in jazz pedagogyand teaching at DePaul, Broom rejoined Sonny Rollins touring bandas a regular member for the second time in his career (his firsttenure with the jazz legend was from 1982-1987). He performed andrecorded with Rollins until the spring of 2010. During this tenureBroom continued to increase his visibility as a leader, producingthree recordings under his own name and another with the Deep BlueOrgan Trio (their third). His latest trio record and Broom's eighthlead album, released on June 16, 2009, Bobby Broom Plays for Monkexplores the music composed and performed by jazz icon, TheloniousMonk. The trio of Broom, bassist Dennis Carroll, and drummer KobieWatkins "...turns what could have easily been a pedestrian"tribute" record into an inspired, swinging affair", says Jon Reganin Billboard magazine. And Ted Gioia of writes: "Broomshows again that he is one of the most musical guitarists of ourtimes..."

Broom's latest trio release, "Upper West Side Story" (OriginRecords, May 2012), is his first of exclusively original material.Along with regular trio members Carroll and Watkins, the recordingintroduces the exciting young drummer, Makaya McCraven, as a BobbyBroom Trio member.


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