Tony Janflone. Jr. knew what he wanted to do with his life at the early age of 13. He wanted to be a guitarist. He had been playing since the age of 9 and having been influenced from his earliest days by his father, also a guitarist, and his exposure to all facets of music, Blues, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, and Classical, his love of music was inherent and not to be denied.
Beginning with the proverbial garage band he progressed through his high school years garnering the Louis Armstrong Award and the National Association of Jazz Educators Award for outstanding musicianship. Secondary school years behind him, he decided to accept the opportunity to tour the country with a band playing dates in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City. After a year on the road, he linked up with a band with his father and brother. It was during this time while performing in New York, that Tony met famed guitarist Pat Metheny, who after listening to the band commented, “Tony is one burning guitar player… who I am confident will go on to greater fame”.
Following a few years with the band, Tony lived in San Antonio, Texas, where he continued his schooling while teaching and playing in the San Antonio and Austin areas. He worked with several groups in Texas including the famed drummer Louis Bellson, demonstrating his diversity by playing anything from jazz to mariachi to Texas swing. It was during this time too that he studied with Pat Martino, Jackie King and classical guitarist Terry Muska.
Upon returning to Pittsburgh, Tony has found success in many areas of music being one of the most sought after guitarists in the area.
Tony enjoys success with his group, "The Tony Janflone Jr Band", capturing the nomination for five years for Pittsburgh’s Best Jazz/Blues Guitarist for the Stroh’s/In Pittsburgh Music Awards. He has also captured the 1995 award for the Best album for his CD Pieces, best vocalist and best band. Tony’s performing credits include opening for or performing with, B.B.King, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, Hiram Bullock, Reb Beach, Tommy Castro, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Toninho Horta, Janis Siegel, Steely Dan, The Yellowjackets, David Sanborn, Joe Williams, Diane Reeves, The Manhattan Transfer, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana,Ted Nugent, Jimmy Thackery, Richard Elliot, Brian Simpson, Rick Braun, Peabo Bryson, Gladys Knight, Sandi Patty, Chris Duarte, and Chicago.
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