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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, U.S.
DiedApril 23, 2013(2013-04-23) (aged 59)
Ben Lomond, California
GenresBlues, country blues, folk, gypsy jazz, calypso, ragtime, Hawaiian, Caribbean
Occupation(s)Musician, educator, ethnomusicologist
InstrumentsGuitar, slide guitar

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


Brozman was born to a Jewish family in Long Island, New York, and began playing the guitar when he was six.[1]

He performed gypsy jazz, calypso, blues, ragtime, Hawaiian music, and Caribbean music and collaborated with musicians 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".[citation needed] Brozman toured often in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. He recorded numerous albums and won the Guitar Player Readers' Poll three times for Best Blues, Best World, and Best Slide Guitarist. In 1999, Brozman and Woody Mann founded International Guitar Seminars, which hosted over 100 students annually at sites in California, New York, Washington and Canada. From 2000 to 2005 his collaborations landed in the European Top 10 for World Music five times.[citation needed]

He was an adjunct professor in the Department of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia.

Brozman played National resonator instruments from the 1920s and 1930s. 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 part of National's range of products. Brozman's book The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments, a guide to National Guitars from 1927 to 1941, includes a list serial numbers and production dates.[2]

Brozman was a member of R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders from 1978 until his death in 2013.[3]

Brozman committed suicide on April 23, 2013,[4][5][6] amid allegations of child molestation.[7] He was survived by a wife and a daughter from a previous marriage.[6]


  • 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 3, with David Grisman and Mike Auldridge (2000)
  • Get Together with Woody Mann (2000)
  • Jin Jin/Firefly, with Takashi Hirayasu (2000)
  • Ocean Blues, with Djeli Moussa Diawara (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)
  • 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 (8 May 2013). "Bob Brozman: National steel guitar virtuoso". The Independent. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. ^ Bob "Brozman Books: The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments," Accessed Nov. 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Lynch, Megan. "The Cheap Suit Serenaders," Accessed Nov. 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Denselow, Robin (28 April 2013). "Bob Brozman obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Bob Brozman dies at 59; guitarist and ethnomusicologist". Los Angeles Times. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (1 May 2013). "Bob Brozman, Guitarist, Is Dead at 59". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  7. ^ Palopoli, Steve. "The Dark Side of Genius," (June 4, 2013).


  • 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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