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Tommy Flanagan

p, 1930-2001 US, Detroit
Singer / Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Thomas Lee Flanagan

American jazz pianist (born March 16, 1930, Detroit, Michigan, USA –– died November 16, 2001, New York City, New York, USA). Particularly remembered as an accompanist of Ella Fitzgerald and player on Giant Steps by John Coltrane. He played on a number of critically acclaimed recordings, such as Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery , and Art Pepper's Straight Life . Flanagan's style was both modest and exceptionally musical. He embodied many of the most important qualities associated with jazz: swing, harmonic sophistication, melodic invention, bluesy feel and humour. Interestingly, he appeared on a number of highly innovative albums. (His awkward solo, recorded on the extremely fast and harmonically complex title-track of Giant Steps, is an infamously rare instance of the usually unflappable pianist being caught off-guard.) During his career, Flanagan was nominated for four Grammy Awards — two for Best Jazz Performance (Group) and two for Best Jazz Performance (Soloist).

        
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Electric piano
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Willow Weep for Me on The Smart Attitude of Tommy Flanagan by Tommy Flanagan
Angel Eyes - Studio on Master Trio by Tommy Flanagan
Naima on Giant Steps by Tommy Flanagan
Sunshine of Your Love on Sunshine of Your Love by Ella Fitzgerald, Ernie Heckscher Big Band & Tommy Flanagan
Denzil's Best on Eclypso by Tommy Flanagan
Central Park West on Giant Steps by Tommy Flanagan
How Long Has This Been Going On? on The Smart Attitude of Tommy Flanagan by Tommy Flanagan
A Blue Time on Eclypso by Tommy Flanagan
Montono Blues on Bluesy Burrell by Kenny Burrell
Giant Steps on Giant Steps by Tommy Flanagan

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Weaver Of Dreams + Introducing Kenny BurrellThe Kenny Burrell Quintet Featuring Tommy Flanagan2013Compil.
Four Classic AlbumsTommy Flanagan2013Compil.
The Magic of 2Tommy Flanagan, Jaki Byard2013Album
Coleman Hawkins & Tommy FlanaganColeman Hawkins, Tommy Flanagan2011Compil.
Milt Jackson & The Jazz Giants, Bean Bags plus Bag´s OpusMilt Jackson, Coleman Hawkins, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Art Farmer, Paul Chambers2009Compil.
Blues-etteCurtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Garrison, Al Harewood2009Album
Live in Marciac 1993Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones2009Album
Live At Kerrytown Concert HouseMarcus Belgrave With Tommy Flanagan, Geri Allen, Gary Schunk2008Album
QuartetsBenny Golson, Wynton Kelly / Tommy Flanagan2006Compil.
The TrioTommy Flanagan2005Album
Solo PianoTommy Flanagan2005Album
Motor City Scene (Complete Recordings)Paul Chambers & Tommy Flanagan2004Compil.
MisteriosoTommy Flanagan2001Compil.
Sunset And The Mockingbird The Birthday ConcertTommy Flanagan1998Album
ElusiveTommy Flanagan1998Compil.
For Bird, Monk, Trane And ThadTommy Flanagan1997Album
Lady Be Good ... For EllaTommy Flanagan1994Album
Let's Play The Music Of Thad JonesTommy Flanagan1993Album
Blues Ette Part IICurtis Fuller's Quintet With Benny Golson, Tommy Flanagan, Ray Drummond, Al Harewood1993Album
HomageGary Smulyan Quartet Featuring Tommy Flanagan1993Album
The Legendary Years, Vol. 3Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Tommy Flanagan1992Compil.
Lucky Meets Tommy And FriendsLucky Thompson & Tommy Flanagan1992Compil.
Master TrioTommy Flanagan1992Album
The Piano MastersRay Bryant & Tommy Flanagan1989Album
Here's To My LadyPhil Woods With Tommy Flanagan, George Mraz, Kenny Washington1989Album
Jazz PoetTommy Flanagan With George Mraz and Kenny Washington1989Album
Evening StarJoshua Breakstone Featuring Tommy Flanagan And Jimmy Knepper1988Album
ThelonicaTommy Flanagan1987Album
Nights At The VanguardTommy Flanagan1987Album
WistariaJimmy Raney Trio With Tommy Flanagan And George Mraz1986Album
The Art Ellefson Quartet Featuring Tommy FlanaganThe Art Ellefson Quartet Featuring Tommy Flanagan1985Album
More DelightsTommy Flanagan And Hank Jones1985Album
SlowlySandi Shoemake, Charlie Shoemake, Clare Fischer, Terry Trotter, Tommy Flanagan1984Album
I'm All SmilesHank Jones + Tommy Flanagan1984Album
Blues In The ClosetThe Master Trio Featuring Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, Anthony Williams1984Album
ThelonicaTommy Flanagan1983Album
The Master TrioThe Master Trio Featuring Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, Anthony Williams1983Album
A Dream Comes TrueLilian Terry Meets Tommy Flanagan1982Album
ConfirmationTommy Flanagan1982Album
Giant Steps (In Memory Of John Coltrane)Tommy Flanagan1982Album
Three For AllPhil Woods / Tommy Flanagan / Red Mitchell1981Album
...And A Little PleasureJ.R. Monterose Duo With Tommy Flanagan1981Album
The MagnificentTommy Flanagan1981Album
Alone Too LongTommy Flanagan1981Album
The Free WillBennie Wallace / Tommy Flanagan / Eddie Gomez / Dannie Richmond1980Album
Super-SessionTommy Flanagan, Red Mitchell, Elvin Jones1980Album
You're MeTommy Flanagan, Red Mitchell1980Album
The Best OfTommy Flanagan1980Compil.
Lonely TownTommy Flanagan1979Album
Plays The Music Of Harold ArlenTommy Flanagan1979Album
Our DelightsTommy Flanagan And Hank Jones1979Album
TogetherTommy Flanagan & Kenny Barron1979Album
Something Borrowed, Something BlueTommy Flanagan1978Album
Ballads & BluesTommy Flanagan1978Album
Dignified AppearanceTommy Flanagan1978Album
Jivin' With The Refugees From Hastings StreetEddie Locke, Tommy Flanagan, Major Holley, Oliver Jackson, Dan Morgenstern1977Album
Positive IntensityTommy Flanagan1977Album
Trio And SextetTommy Flanagan1973Album
Lover Come Back To MeArnett Cobb, Tommy Flanagan1960Single
The CatsTommy Flanagan, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Idrees Sulieman1959Album
Motor City SceneThad Jones, Billy Mitchell, Al Grey, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Elvin Jones1959Album
Jazz...It's Magic!Curtis Fuller, Sonny Red, Tommy Flanagan, George Tucker, Louis Hayes1958Album
Mainstream 1958Wilbur Harden, John Coltrane, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Louis Hayes1958Album
OverseasTommy Flanagan1958Album
All Day LongFrank Foster, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Art Taylor1958Single
Paul Chambers QuintetPaul Chambers Quintet With Donald Byrd, Clifford Jordan, Tommy Flanagan, Elvin Jones1957Album
Jazzmen: DetroitKenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, Pepper Adams, Paul Chambers, Kenny Clarke1956Album
Saxophone ColossusSonny Rollins, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Max Roach1956Single
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