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Bob Brozman

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Bob Brozman
Bob Brozman (May 2007)
Bob Brozman (May 2007)
Background information
Born (1954-03-08)March 8, 1954
New York City, New York, United States
Died April 23, 2013(2013-04-23) (aged 59)
Ben Lomond, California, United States
Genres Blues, country blues, folk, gypsy jazz, calypso, ragtime, Hawaiian, Caribbean
Occupation(s) Musician, guitarist, ethnomusicologist, anthropologist
Instruments Guitar, slide guitar
Associated acts R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders
Notable instruments
guitar, ukulele, charango

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, United States. He began playing the guitar when he was 6.[1]

He performed in a number of styles, including gypsy jazz, calypso, blues, ragtime, Hawaiian music, and Caribbean music. He also collaborated with musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds, from 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 categories Best Blues, Best World and Best Slide Guitarist. 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 in the Department of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia.

Brozman was well known for his use of National resonator instruments from the 1920s and 1930s and 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.[2]


  • Your Pal (1977)
  • Blue Hula Stomp (1981)
  • Snapping the Strings (1983)
  • Hello Central...Give Me Dr. Jazz (1985)
  • Devil's Slide (1988)
  • A Truckload of Blues (1992)
  • Slide a Go-Go (1994)
  • Blues 'Round the Bend (1995)
  • Golden Slide (1997)
  • Kika Kila Meets Ki Ho'Alu, with Ledward Kaapana (1997)
  • Kosmik Blues & Groove (1998)
  • The Running Man (1999)
  • Four Hands Sweet & Hot, with Cyril Pahinui (1999)
  • Tone Poems III, with David Grisman and Mike Auldridge (2000)
  • Get Together (2000)
  • Jin Jin/Firefly, with Takashi Hirayasu (2000)
  • Live Now (2001)
  • Nankuru Naisa, with Takashi Hirayasu (2001)
  • In the Saddle, with Ledward Kaapana (2001)
  • Digdig" , with René Lacaille (2002)
  • Rolling Through This World, with Jeff Lang (2002)
  • Mahima, with Debashish Bhattacharya (2003)
  • Metric Time (2003)
  • Songs of the Volcano (2005)
  • Blues Reflex (2006)
  • Ocean Blues, with Djeli Moussa Diawara (2006)
  • Lumiere (2007)
  • Post-Industrial Blues (2007)
  • Kani Wai, with George Kahumoku, Jr. (2009)
  • Six Days in Down, with Dónal O'Connor and John McSherry (2010)
  • Fire in the Mind (2012)


  1. ^ Leigh, Spencer (May 8, 2013). "Bob Brozman: National steel guitar virtuoso". The Independent. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Robin Denselow. "Bob Brozman obituary | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 


  • Douse, Cliff. The Guitarist Book of Guitar Players, Music Maker Books, 1994, ISBN 978-1870951227
  • Gregory, Hugh. 1000 Great Guitarists. Rock, Jazz, Country, Funk ..., Balafon Books, 1994.
  • Larkin, Colin. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Third edition, Macmillan, 1998, ISBN 9780195313734

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