Category: Flanagan, Tommy

1994 Tommy Flanagan interview on WKCR

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Here is a long in-depth interview with Tommy Flanagan conducted by Ted Panken. The pianist talks about everything in what was originally a Sunday Jazz Profiles show on WKCR in November 1994. HEre is a quick excerpt:

TP: …so many great stylists of Jazz came up out of Detroit around the same time.  Milt Jackson, Lucky Thompson, Billy Mitchell, Barry Harris, you, and the list goes on.    

TF: Yes.  Well, as a young musician, Lucky left Detroit early.  So we didn’t know him until he came back to settle in Detroit for a while.  I think he’d even been to Europe, and he did the West Coast scene with those bands out there.  When he came to Detroit, I guess I was like 17 or so.  Lucky formed a band with Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell and myself — I can’t remember all the other players.  He was a wonderful writer.  It was a seven-piece band, a septet, and he wrote some beautiful arrangements, and really got me interested in how to voice music, and got me interested in trying to arrange — although I never did get that far into it.  But he was a big inspiration, and he helped us a lot in learning how to play music on a professional level.  He certainly was in a class with Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster and Don Byas, just a notch under them, and he certainly was cut from the same cloth.

Click here to read 1994 Tommy Flanagan interview on WKCR 

Two Interviews with Tommy Flanagan

The Canadian Jazz Archive Online, from JAZZ.FM91, Canada’s premier jazz radio station, has a fantastic collection of music, bands, bios, and audio interview snippets (all of which will eventually be linked here!) In these samples, from two separate interviews dated 1983 and 1985, the great pianist discusses a number of topics, including Ellington, Monk, and his early influences.

Click here to listen to Tommy Flanagan 1983 and here for Tommy Flanagan 1985