Bob Brozman

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Bob Brozman (March 8, 1954 – April 23, 2013) was an American guitarist and ethnomusicologist.

Brozman was born to a Jewish family living on Long Island, New York. He began playing the guitar when he was 6.

He performed in a number of styles such as gypsy jazz, calypso, blues, ragtime, Hawaiian music, and Caribbean music. Brozman also collaborated with musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds such as India, Africa, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Réunion. He has been called "an instrumental wizard" and "a walking archive of 20th Century American music". Brozman maintained a steady schedule throughout the year, touring constantly throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. He recorded numerous albums and has won the Guitar Player Readers' Poll three times in the best blues, best world and best slide guitarist categories. In 1999, Brozman and Woody Mann founded International Guitar Seminars, which hosts over 120 students annually at sites in California, New York, and Canada. From 2000 to 2005 his collaborations landed in the European Top 10 for World Music five times.

He was formerly an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Brozman was well known for his use of National resonator instruments from the 1920s and 1930s, as well as National Resophonic resonator instruments. He also used Weissenborn style hollow neck acoustic steel guitars. Among his National instruments were a baritone version of the tricone guitar, which was designed in conjunction with him in the mid to late 1990s. This instrument is now part of National's range of products.

Brozman committed suicide on April 23, 2013.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Devil's Slide Bob Brozman 2
1989 Ho'Omana'o I Na Mele o Ka Wa U'i Bob Brozman & The Tau Moe Family 1
1992 A Truckload of Blues Bob Brozman 2
1996 Blue Hula Stomp Bob Brozman 1
1997 Kīkā Kila Meets Kī Hōʻalu Bob Brozman & Ledward Kaapana 1
1999 Four Hands Sweet and Hot Cyril Pahinui and Bob Brozman 1
2000 Tone Poems III Mike Auldridge, Bob Brozman, David Grisman 1
2002 Digdig René Lacaille & Bob Brozman 1
2002 Rolling Through This World Bob Brozman & Jeff Lang with Angus Diggs 1
2004 Blues Reflex Bob Brozman 2
2005 Papua New Guinea Stringbands with Bob Brozman: Songs of the Volcano Bob Brozman 1
2007 Post-Industrial Blues Bob Brozman 1
2010 Six Days In Down Bob Brozman, John McSherry and Dónal O'Connor 1
2012 Fire in the Mind Bob Brozman 1
Devil's Slide Bob Brozman 1
Jin Jin / Firefly Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman 1
Mahima Debashish Bhattacharya & Bob Brozman 1
Metric Time Bob Brozman 1
Slide a Go Go Bob Brozman 1
Snapping the Strings Bob Brozman 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Live Now Bob Brozman 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Get Together Woody Mann & Bob Brozman 1
Ocean Blues Djeli Moussa Diawara & Bob Brozman 1

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