Bob Brozman

Bob Brozman

born on 8/3/1954 in New York City, NY, United States

died on 23/4/2013 in Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Bob Brozman

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Bob Brozman

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.[1]

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 took his own life on April 23, 2013.[2] After his death, allegations emerged that he had been accused of sexual abuse of minors, including the daughter of one of his managers.[3]


  • 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 & John McSherry) (2010)
  • Fire in the Mind (2012)


  1. Leigh, Spencer, Bob Brozman: National steel guitar virtuoso, The Independent, May 8, 2013. URL accessed on November 5, 2013.
  2. Obituary, The Guardian
  3. Palopoli, Steve, The Dark Side of Genius, 4 June 2013. URL accessed on 15 November 2013.
  • Douse, Cliff. The Guitarist Book of Guitar Players, Music Maker Books, 1994.
  • Gregory, Hugh. 1000 Great Guitarists. Rock, Jazz, Country, Funk ..., Balafon Books, 1994.
  • Larkin, Colin. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Third edition, Macmillan, 1998.

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