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Tommy Flanagan

Known for his perfect and tasteful taking part in, Tommy Flanagan received lengthy overdue acknowledgement for his skills within the 1980s. He performed clarinet when he was six and turned to piano five years later on. Flanagan was a significant area of the fertile Detroit jazz picture (apart from 1951-1953 when he is at the Military) until he relocated to NY in 1956. He was useful for many recordings after his introduction during that period; cut sessions like a innovator for New Jazz, Prestige, Savoy, and Moodsville; and worked well frequently with Oscar Pettiford, J.J. Johnson (1956-1958), Harry “Sweets” Edison (1959-1960), and Coleman Hawkins (1961). Flanagan was Ella Fitzgerald’s regular accompanist during 1963-1965 and 1968-1978, which led to him becoming underrated like a soloist. Nevertheless, beginning in 1975, he started leading some superior record periods and since departing Fitzgerald, Flanagan has been around demand because the mind of his very own trio, consistently respected for his swinging and innovative bop-based style. At labels he provides documented for since 1975 are Pablo, Enja, Denon, Galaxy, Intensifying, Uptown, Timeless, and many Western european and Japanese businesses. For Blue Be aware, he trim Sunset and Mockingbird in 1998, implemented a year afterwards by Samba for Felix. Despite a center condition, Flanagan continuing performing before end of his lifestyle, executing two-week stints on the Community Vanguard twice per year, documenting and touring. He passed away on November 16, 2001, in Manhattan from an arterial aneurysm.

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