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Tommy Flanagan: Pure Artistry

Tommy Flanagan
Tommy Flanagan

A few days after Tommy Flanagan’s two-week engagement at the Village Vanguard last fall with his trio, I stopped by his Upper West Side apartment. From his reserved but amiable manner, one would never suspect this man is one of finest master piano craftsmen jazz has produced. Perhaps the most melodic pianist leading the best working trio today, Tommy Flanagan makes memorable statements every time he puts his graceful fingers to piano keys.

Long respected as one of the consummate pianists of Detroit’s post-World War II jazz scene, alongside Barry Harris and Hank Jones, Flanagan’s career has taken him from gifted sideman to critically acclaimed solo artist. His resume includes recordings with the most important musicians of the second half of the 20th century.

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