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

He has performed in a number of styles such as blues, Gypsy jazz, calypso, ragtime, Hawaiian and Caribbean music. Brozman has also collaborated with musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds such as India, Africa, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Reunion Island. He has been called “an instrumental wizard” and “a walking archive of 20th Century American music.” Bob maintained a steady schedule throughout the year, touring constantly throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. He has recorded numerous albums and has won the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll two years in a row in both the blues and slide guitar categories. From 1999-2006, he co-founded International Guitar Seminars, which hosted over 120 students annually at sites in California, New York, and Canada.” From 2000 to 2005 his collaborations have landed in the European Top 10 for World Music an unprecedented five times.

Brozman was also a linguist, anthropologist, and ethnomusicologist. He was formerly an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He started a foundation for the purpose of getting some of the western surplus of instruments and other musical supplies directly into the hands of musicians in third world countries in Africa and Oceania.

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, including original models and top of the range versions from Bear Creek in Hawaii www.


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  • garynotrashcoug

    I just now learned of his death over a year ago and had no idea. I am very saddened by this. Apparently, complications from a serious car crash in 1980 left him unable to play guitar during the last year or so of his life.

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • FolkertB

    Just discovered this guy. Absolutely amazed about him. And then, just as I was about to look if he was giving a show in my country, I discoverd he commited suicide just a couple of weeks a go. RIP.

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    Just found out he passed. Unbelievable. A true musical genius!

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • spidra

    Resquiescat in Pace, Bob. You gave so many the gift of your vision and genius.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
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  • harmolodicnet

    R.I.P. ...

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • tutts

    Bob pops up in mixes by selectors including DJ Lame, Dot.AY, USA Kings, Yair Yona and Anonymeye at the Micronations blog - - check it out!

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • skyvvoker

    классный чел

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • KleRoi

    sono stato ad un suo concerto l'altro ieri sera.. pazzesco!!! grande bob, torna presto in Toscana!

    10 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Bopvito

    I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone by Richard Brautigan I finally ended up describing you as a movie I saw when I was a child in Tacoma Washington. I guess I saw it in 1941 or 42, somewhere in there. I think I was seven, or eight, or six. The movie showed electricity like a young Greek god, coming to the farmer to take away forever the dark ways of his life. Suddenly, the farmer had electric lights to see by when he milked his cows in the early black winter mornings. The family got to listen to the radio & have a toaster and lots of bright lights to sew dresses and read the newspaper by. It was really a fantastic movie and excited me like listening to the Star Spangled Banner, or seeing photographs of Roosevelt, or hearing him on the radio "... the President of the United States... " I wanted electricity to go everywhere in the world. I wanted all the farmers in the world to be able to listen to Roosevelt on the radio.... And that's how you look to me.

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Olga_kth

    I've been to his concert 2 days ago - he's amazing!

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • PablolitaScobar

    I lost my CD , Ocean Blues (Djeli Moussa Diawara & Brozman from 2000), which is not available anymore for order , neither on Amazon nor on Brozman's site. Does anyone know where it's purchaseable? As a disc?

    8 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Oitopakis

    un fenómeno!!!

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    it seems that most people play all the really popular artists,yet more obscure artists have more tracks available but nobody listens to them.this is great music though.

    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MAX3007

    The man is just amazing. He is so understated, but plays that damn guitar like he's a ringing a bell!

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    the word genius gets thrown around too often, but this guy is it.

    12 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Flatbeats

    Bob is awesome, saw him play last year and was blown away. A true inspiration.

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    Hardly any plays? Um... okay then.

    9 Jul 2008 Reply
  • roundthewheel

    Ukulele Spaghetti is a freaking amazing song

    12 Apr 2008 Reply
  • PapaShura

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