Thomas Lee Flanagan ( Detroit (Michigan) , March 16th 1930 - New York City , November 16 2001 ) was an American jazz pianist. He is best known for his long association with jazz singerElla Fitzgerald . He also played on some legendary records like John Coltrane's Giant Steps and Saxophone Colussus of Sonny Rollins .


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The Tommy Flanagan Trio edit ]Edit

The Tommy Flanagan Trio consisted of self Flanagan, bassist Wilbur Little and legendary drummer Elvin Jones . In 1957 their first album was released: Tommy Flanagan Trio Overseas . Later Flanagan Trio Ella Fitzgerald often accompanied by her performances. They also went into the studio together. From 1975, Flanagan was mainly out albums as leader. He formed a new trio with Tal Farlow and Red Mitchell .

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Although Flanagan has never become so well known and was not known as an innovator, he is still seen as a major pianist who has influenced many others. His style is often described as very musical and contained all the ingredients of jazz: swing, blues, harmonic sophistication.

Flanagan was nominated four times for Grammy 's, twice for best jazz act as a group and twice as a soloist. Flanagan died of an aneurysm on November 16, 2001 in New York .

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As a coach:

As a leader:

  • Overseas (1957)
  • Confirmation (1977)
  • Speak Low (1981)
  • Sunset and The Mocking Bird (1997)