98 Strings Trio
"Broom is the full monty: ultra-refined timing and tone, continuous flow of ideas, a touch of grease, a treat for the connoisseur."
-- John Corbett, Downbeat Magazine
Bobby Broom - guitar
Reggie Thomas - piano
Ivan Taylor - bass
Born in Harlem and raised on the Upper West Side of NYC, Bobby Broom took up guitar at 12 and five years later, in 1977, made his first appearance with Sonny Rollins at Carnegie Hall. He went on to tour and record with Rollins in 1981 – 86 (and again, more recently from 2005 – 2010). During his early years Bobby also played with Hugh Masekela and Dave Grusin, as well as with Charlie Parker pianists Al Haig and Walter Bishop, Jr.
By 1981, Broom had recorded his debut as a leader, Clean Sweep (GRP Records). He relocated to Chicago later in the decade, working with Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, Charles Earland, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett and Dr. John, among others over the next 20 years.
Heralded as “one of the most musical guitarists of our times,” by author and jazz critic Ted Gioia, Bobby has spent the new millennium focusing on his musical output as a leader. He has recorded with both with his Bobby Broom Trio and the Deep Blue Organ Trio for the Origin label (hisPlays for Monk was released in spring 2009, The Way I Play in April 2008, and Deep Blue’s Wonderful! in 2011 and Folk Music in 2007).
He has been named as one of the top guitarists in Down Beat magazine’s annual Critics Poll for 3 years, from 2012–2014. His latest BBT release,My Shining Hour (Origin, 2014), received a New York Times review and placed at number three on the US national jazz radio chart. Bobby's latest recording with his new organ trio, the Bobby Broom Organi-Sation, is his most ambitious to date. Directed by producer Steve Jordan, Broom once again revisits the music of his youth, employing palpable, one of a kind group interplay, a wide range of instrumental palates and his own, singularly melodic voice on the guitar.