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March 16, 1930 - November 16, 2001


The "Tommy Flanagan Trio" perform live in Cologne, Germany in 1991.


Tommy Flanagan, piano
George Mraz, bass
Bobby Durham, drums

As a young pianist from Detroit during the 1940s Tommy Flanagan was influence by Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole who through frequent radio appearances.

These musicians played in an older style and the pianist and his frieds soon found an interest in the newly emerging bebop of artists such as Bud Powell.

In the '40s he played in Lucky Thompson's band with Pepper Adams and Kenny Burrell.

Shortly after moving to New York in 1956 he accompanied Ella Fitzgerald at the Newport Jazz Festival.

While on tour in Sweden the following year Tommy Flanagan recorded his first album as leader, "Overseas" featuring bassist Wilbur Little and drummer Elvin Jones.

Flanagan later toured with Ella Fitzgerald for nearly a decade beginning in 1968.

In May 1959 he was featured on John Coltrane's "Giant Steps."

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