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Bob Brozman, May 2007
March 8, 1954|
New York City, U.S.
|Died||April 23, 2013
Ben Lomond, California
|Genres||Blues, country blues, folk, gypsy jazz, calypso, ragtime, Hawaiian, Caribbean|
|Musician, educator, ethnomusicologist|
|Instruments||Guitar, slide guitar|
|R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders|
Bob Brozman (March 8, 1954 - April 23, 2013) was an American guitarist and ethnomusicologist.
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". 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.
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.