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Ramsey Lewis and Middle C Jazz present The Bobby Broom Trio

Fri Jul 10 @ 9:15 PM

“An object lesson in what an inventive jazz musician can do with a familiar song.” -Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich

Bobby Broom

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The Bobby Broom Trio was formed in 1991 when Bobby was seeking to establish a musical identity. 20 plus years and six recordings later, this ensemble has been recognized for a telepathic chemistry that’s been made evident via their interplay on those records, while its leader has been called “one of the most musical guitarists of our times” by jazz journalist and historian, Ted Gioia.

The Trio has performed at some of the most respected jazz venues throughout the US – Birdland, the Jazz Standard, the Jazz Showcase, Jazz Alley, etc. – and in Europe – Porgy & Bess (AU), Ronnie Scott’s (EU), Birdland Neuburg (DE), etc. Their recordings have been lauded in the press – “among the most satisfying jazz guitar albums likely to emerge this year,” (Nate Chinen, New York Times 2014) – and embraced by jazz radio listeners, winning top 2 to top 10 airplay positions on national jazz radio charts for multiple releases. This year they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut recording, “Stand!” (2001, Premonition Records/EMI).

“I feel that I accomplished some of the things that I set out to do when forming this group,” says Broom. “I was looking for my musical voice at the time and knew that I wasn’t going to realize it as readily by being a sideman, or doing ‘one-off,’ pick-up gigs as a leader. So, I decided to enlist consistent group members, began composing for the group and eventually recording. As time went on, I began to realize and exploit my instrumental voice via the recordings and even more importantly, to make my listeners and the jazz public aware of that voice through my work with this trio.”

Guitarist Bobby Broom’s love of jazz has never blocked out his affection for the pop music which he grew up with. It’s been a frequent wellspring throughout his career.

“It’s a lot of what I do,” he acknowledges. “Material is material, and I’m just trying to do things that are interesting to me and that I feel might be interesting to people.”

Soul Fingers, his joyful 2018 release with his organ trio The Organi-Sation, produced by legendary drummer Steve Jordan, presents a whole album’s worth of such interesting things.

Drawn from Broom’s favorite songs of his childhood in the 1960s and ’70s, the album runs the gamut from The Beatles and Procul Harum to Bobbie Gentry and Motown.

It’s a path that has won Broom an impressive following, and significant acclaim, both within and outside his home base of Chicago.

Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich hails the guitarist as “offer an object lesson in what an inventive jazz musician can do with a familiar song.”

Indeed, Soul Fingers is not Broom’s first album-length assay of the music of his youth. 2001’s Stand! took on pop hits of the 1960s. The new record leans toward the ’70s—with renewed perspective.

“The difference between Stand! and Soul Fingers is, frankly, nearly twenty years of life,” Broom says. “Hopefully that means that much more depth for me as an artist. I would hope that all of my experiences play a part in my ability to bring my new music to the table, and present it to the public in a way that’s even more convincing, heartfelt, and nuanced.”

Not to be overlooked is Broom’s exploration of these tunes with a new ensemble, featuring the deft, soulful organist Ben Paterson and shrewd drummer Kobie Watkins. The Organi-Sation, brought together as an opening act for Steely Dan’s 2014 summer tour, quickly developed a chemistry that Broom describes as “a wonderful surprise. It was incredible how much this new group jelled, and the level of music that we were able to make.”


1. Final sale. No refunds, no exchanges, not transferable.

2. We are located at 300 South Brevard Street, at the corner of South Brevard and East M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard.

3. Enter on South Brevard Street.

4. Paid parking is available in the 300 South Brevard deck, accessible via East M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard. Space is not guaranteed.

5. If traveling via public transportation, the nearest LYNX stop is the 3rd/Convention Center Station.

6. Seating is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for early seating.

7. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance for General Admission ticket-holders. Doors open one hour prior to the performance for Baby Grand Members for the first show of the night. If time permits, members will be allowed early access to the second show but only the first show of the night will have guaranteed 30-minute early entry for Baby Grand Members.

8. Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited. Smartphones are permitted.

• Tickets can be redeemed using a smartphone, no printing is required.

• All shows all ages unless otherwise posted, but please consider this is an adult setting.

• A full bar and light food menu are available throughout the show.

• At Middle C Jazz, we believe in taking care of each other and of ourselves. Please approach your concert experience with consideration for the enjoyment and safety of others, and please travel to and from your show responsibly.


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