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Tony Janflone Jr.


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Blues Rock Guitar Wizard and Recording Artist

Blues-rock guitarist and singer-song writer Tony Janflone Jr. has earned international recognition as a recording artist and live performer.  Tony has released 4 solo CDs and appeared on Kenny Blake’s jazz chart topping albums “Interior Design” (1991) and “Rumor Has It” (1992).  A Versailles Records artist Tony is featured along with other world class artists on three tribute albums: “Tribute to Vai/Satriani: Lords of Karma” (2002), “What's Love? a Tribute to Tina Turner” (2004), and “Always: A Millenium Tribute to Bon Jovi”  (2005).  A virtuoso guitarist, critics describe his sound as cross between the soul of Santana, the jazz of Robben Ford, and the blues of Stevie Ray.  Performing live at clubs and concerts around the country Tony has opened for 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, Chicago, Diane Reeves, The Manhattan Transfer, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana ,Ted Nugent , Jimmy Thackery, Chris Duarte and Joe Williams.  Tony is also a recording studio owner, a recording engineer, and guitar instructor.  An official endorser of Evans Guitar Products and Crillion Guitars Tony gives guitar clinics at colleges and music conferences. 

“This guy is not only a commanding blues and rock singer but his guitar chops could blow most of the big guitar giants of today off of the stage.” - Patrick Arena of The Southern Voice

 This guy is a guitar whiz, full of passion and expression”. Reviewer “Mr. Blues” Mark ‘radar’ Watson

 "A guitarist's guitarist .......His playing is stellar. His voice is passionate. " EarBuzz.com.

The son of jazz gutiarist Tony Janflone Senior, Tony Jr. began playing guitar at age 9.  His father, who recorded with jazz organist Gene Ludwig, taught Tony Jr. and exposed him to Jazz, Blues, Classical, R&B, County and Rock.  While in high school Tony played with a garage band, won his high school’s Louis Armstrong Award and a National Association of Jazz Educators Award for outstanding musicianship.  After high school he joined a touring band that performed in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City.  A year later he teamed with his father and brother to form a jazz trio that performed at clubs in New York.  Tony eventually settled in San Antonio, Texas where he attended school, taught guitar lessons, and played with several San Antonio and Austin bands. He played in a band with famed drummer Louis Bellson and continued his guitar studies with Pat Martino, Jackie King and classical guitarist Terry Muska.

Returning to Pittsburgh, Tony formed The Tony Janflone Jr Band, performed at Pittsburgh area clubs, gave guitar lessons, founded the Key Tones Recording Studio, and became a session player recording with other artists and recording commercials.  He has written and/or performed commercials for Eat 'n Park, Fisher's Big Wheel, PPG Industries, The Gateway Clipper Fleet and Blattner/Brunner.   In July 1994 Tony and his band performed at the Major League All-Star Pre-game Gala and at the All-Star Game.  Tony was the featured guitarist on PBS's "Heroes" documentary about Fred Rogers.   Janflone Jr. was nominated five times for In Pittsburgh’s “Best Jazz/Blues Guitarist” music award.  He won the awards for best album, best vocalist, and best band award for his “CD Pieces” in 1995.

Tony recorded and toured with jazz sax star Kenny Blake in 1991 and 1992.  Blake’s 1991 Heads Up release “Interior Design” reached #15 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.  The follow up 1991 “Rumor Has It’ release charted at #20 on Billboard.   Blake’s recording of Satin Doll that includes Jan Flone Jr on guitar, is featured on the 2008 compilation CD “Beautiful Wedding: Jazz for the Wedding Dinner” along with cuts from Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, John Pizzarelli, and Nancy Wilson.  Tony appeared on national TV with Blake on the Black Entertainment Network’s Jazz show.  They also performed together at New York’s Bottom Line, Washington DC's Blues Alley, and other jazz venues around the country.

In 2002 Tony became a Versailles Records artist performing and engineering tracks on three critically acclaimed tribute albums.  Tony along with Jimmy Crespo (of Aerosmith), Brad Gillis (Nightranger, Ozzy Osbourne) and other internationally known guitarists is featured on the 2002 Versailles Records release “The Lords Of Karma” that honors Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.  Tony appears on the Steve Vai tribute track “Tender Surrender” that Guitar One Magazine named its favorite cut.  In 2004 Tony performed lead and rhythm guitars on a rendition of "Rock Me Baby" collaborating with R&B vocalist Michel'le.  It is featured on the CD “What's Love? a Tribute to Tina Turner” that also includes cuts from Tiffany, Deniece Williams, Jeff Healey, Jane Child, Alannah Myles, Darlene Love,  and others.  Tony performed the song “Wanted Dead or Alive“ on the 2005 released “Always: A Millenium Tribute to Bon Jovi”.

Tony Janflone Jr.’s four solo CD releases are "Profile" (1991), "Pieces" (1994), "In Time" (1998) that include performances by Phil Madeira and John Sferra of the Phil Keaggy Band, and "Live At The Blues Café " (2000).  His composition, "Hey, Wake Up!" from the Pieces CD was the opening theme song for the ABC television network’s 1995 Molson 500 race broadcast.

Song Cuts 
Wish You Didn't Have to Go

Tony with Drummer Louis Bellson