Bob Brozman

Born: March 8, 1954
New York, NY, USA

Musician, Entertainer, Author, Ethnomusicologist

Bob was born in New York in 1954 and has been involved in music since early child-hood. A guitarist since age 6, Bob discovered the National guitars at age 14. In their unique sound, the young Bob found his musical calling. He studied music and ethnomusicology at Washington University with an emphasis on the earliest roots of Delta blues. He has since also become a respected authority on historical Hawaiian music, publishing articles and amassing a large collection of 78rpm records. He has produced five re-issue albums from this collection. documenting the best of Hawaiian music from 1915 to 1935, on the Rounder and Folklyric labels.

In 1988, Bob rediscovered the legendary 1929 Hawaiian recording artists. the Tau Moe Family. Together they recorded a landmark album, an historic re-creation of the family's genuine Hawaiian music from 60 years ago. The album was released in 1989 to rave international reviews, including the Library of Congress Select List Award. With N.E.A. funding, Bob is now completing production of a feature-length documentary film about the Moe family and their amazing 54-year-long world tour.

Over the years Bob's passion for National guitars led him to build a large collection of these fascinating art-deco era instruments. After receiving a letter from the then-88-year-old inventor John Dopyera, Bob visited and became good friends with John and his family. This led to further research, and in 1993 Bob's massive work The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments was published internationally. He has also written for several music magazines concerning historical and instructional subjects.

Bob's deep knowledge of musical history and arranging has enabled him to create large band arrangements and direct music for stage, radio programs, film soundtracks and nine albums.

Live performance tours have been Bob's main activity for the last 20 years. He has toured constantly through the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has been most active in Europe the last three years. and now records for Virgin records in Europe. Audiences everywhere have come away surprised and happy at concert halls, festivals, theatres. universities, and on radio and television.

Bob describes his work this way, "I use metal objects to disturb air molecules in an organized manner. These molecules strike against the listener's eardrums, generating a small electrical signal to the brain. The brain responds by squeezing out a few chemicals. The listener feels this as pleasure, IT'S A GOOD JOB!"

This biography was taken from Bob Brozman's Official Website.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Steel Guitar Ukulele Vocals

Folk Folk Resurgence

Bands That Bob Brozman Has Played For:
Cheap Suit Serenaders

Bob Brozman Has Worked With:
Robert Crumb Allan Dodge Robert Armstrong Terry Zwigoff Takashi Hirayasu
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