Guitarist Bobby Broom turns a page in life and music

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Bobby Broom plays with the Deep Blue Organ Trio at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2011. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune / January 24, 2013)

"What those years (with Rollins) mean to me is that I'm a legitimate jazz musician," Broom says, characteristically understating the case. "This is not an experience that everyone gets … to be connected to jazz via this major figure.

"Those kinds of experiences have helped define me as a musician."

And have helped make Broom one of the most respected guitarists in jazz.

Also worth hearing

Patricia Barber: A singular singer-pianist-songwriter, Barber celebrates the release of her first major-label recording in five years, "Smash" (Concord Jazz). Built entirely on original works, "Smash" spotlights the poetry of Barber's lyrics, the mystery of her harmonies and the ingenuity of her pianism. Add to this the sensuousness of her vocals, and Barber has few peers in jazz today. 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $15; 773-878-5552 or

Spider Saloff: The seasoned singer eradicates boundaries of jazz, cabaret, musicals and what-not. She also can scat with the best of them. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Road; $10; 773-348-7592 or

Conjunto: Violinist James Sanders' ensemble explores various facets of Afro-Caribbean jazz, combining the seriousness of concert listening with the exuberance of music for dancing. 10 p.m. Saturday at Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Road; $10; 773-348-7592 or

Corey Wilkes: The virtuosic Chicago trumpeter puts a sharp edge on mainstream repertoire, bringing to bear his adventures in the avant-garde. He'll lead a quintet. 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $15; 312-642-6805 or

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Bobby Broom
: Through Sunday
Where: Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court
Tickets: Price varies; 312-360-0234 or

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