Bob Brozman In-depth Biography
Multi-intrumentalist, historian and educator Bob Brozman} was born in New York on March 8, 1954. His uncle, Barney Josephson}, was a prominent clubowner who ran Cafe Society in Greenwich Village, one of the first places in New York, or anywhere, where Black and White musicians played on stage together.
Brozman} studied music and ethnomusicology at Washington University in St. Louis. Brozman} is not only a master of classic blues from the '20s and '30s, but also a competent performer of early jazz and ragtime. In the mid-'70s while still in college, he would make trips down south to find, interview and play with the older blues artists from the 1920s and '30s whom he admired.
Brozman} recorded several fine albums in the early and mid-'80s for the Kicking Mule and Rounder labels, and for students of early, vintage blues and vintage guitar afficianados, they're well worth looking for. In 1985, he recorded Hello Central, Give Me Dr. Jazz} for the Massachusetts-based Rounder label and followed up in 1988 with Devil's Slide}. For die-hard blues fans who seek an album devoid of any of the other genres Brozman} so easily interprets (like ragtime and calypso), the album to get is Truckload of Blues}, a 1992 Rounder release. He has also collaborated with a number of musicians from around the world, including Hawaiian music legends the Tau Moe Family}, with whom Brozman recorded Remembering the Songs of Our Youth}.
He has his own website at: www.bobbrozman.com}. ~ Richard Skelly, All Music Guide