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Dead Person Of The Day November 16 – Tommy Flanagan

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I know folks. Believe me, I know. People say Wednesday is humpday, which technically it is. BUT you’ve still got 2+ days in front of you until the weekend. Sorry for being a downer. At least you can chill out to the smooth sounds of Tommy Flanagan! Or perhaps you relax by throwing up in the bathroom at your place of employment? Either option is good.

Todays DPD comes from those all-stars at the NYT

TOMMY FLANAGAN (16 March 1930 – 16 November 2001)

Tommy Flanagan, a jazz pianist who with a classic trio set a high standard for elegance in mainstream postwar jazz, died Friday night at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 71 and lived in Manhattan.

The cause was an arterial aneurysm, said his wife, Diane Flanagan.

Mr. Flanagan, a distinguished accompanist who came into his own as a leader late in his career, stood in the stylistic tradition of Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson. All were technical wizards who played sustained single-note lines and who integrated rhythmic and melodic ideas with both left hand and right hand. Also like those predecessors, Mr. Flanagan was a connoisseur of American-song obscurities, and he spent relatively little time in the medium of the blues. His touch at the keyboard was clear and illuminating; his art was urbane and refined. Continue


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