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Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied to Dr. Nelson Harrison's discussion Veteran jazz guitarist and mentor Henderson Thomas, Sr. dies at 84 in the group OBITUARIES
"Another Pittsburgh legend has passed. I met Mr. Henderson when I first started to play. He was very encouraging. May he rest in peace with God."
Nov 1
Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied to Dr. Nelson Harrison's discussion Long-time Pittsburgh businessman William H. Trower dead at 91 in the group OBITUARIES
"My deepest condolences to Clara Belle and family. Keep yourselves in God's blessings and comfort. "
Feb 11
Anthony (Tony) Janflone commented on Charlie G. Sanders's blog post STAYING IN TOUCH WITH A LEGEND; CHIZMO CHARLES
"Very kind of you Charlie! Chizmo and I played many gigs for many years and I miss him very much. Thanks for the contact info. I've been trying to find this info for some time. All the best to you Charlie!! Regards, Tony"
Dec 29, 2013
Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied to Dr. Nelson Harrison's discussion Farewell to Jimmy Ponder - May 10, 1946 - September 16, 2013 in the group OBITUARIES
"I will surely miss Jimmy. He was a sweet soul. Loved him and his music. May he rest in the arms of the Lord."
Sep 17, 2013
Anthony (Tony) Janflone replied to Dr. Nelson Harrison's discussion Bassist bill Berinsky passes on Sunday October 14, 2012 in the group OBITUARIES
"I played many gigs with Bill. I know now he is with the Lord. I'm sure he is resting in peace with Jesus. It still hurts. I will miss you for a while Bill."
Oct 18, 2012
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Anthony (Tony) Janflone commented on Marta Graciela Bressi's blog post Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2012 year full of health and success.
"Thank you Marta!! Abbia il buon Natale e nuovo un anno molto sano e felice!!"
Dec 9, 2011
Anthony (Tony) Janflone commented on Paul Carosi's blog post Jazz Guitar Week Day II - Honoring George Benson
"George was the first guitarist I met in Pittsburgh. He was very gracious to me, having only played about a year. He was very humble. we would jam together and try to play Johnnie Smith arpeggios and fool around working on standards. We got asked to…"
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At 8:33pm on June 10, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Anthony8 Tony),

Thank you very much for your comment.

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At 2:28am on May 1, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Man I missed you playing with Jessica Lee! I left that morning after meeting a business owner and wished I had stayed in Pgh. next time i'll check to see where your at- kev
At 6:49pm on January 24, 2010, Delicious Fish said…
Hi Tony!
Thank you for accepting us as friends here on PJN!
Loved your tracks!

Pehr Flühr, songwriter & producer
At 4:43am on October 5, 2009, Barbara Jean Crow said…
Hi Tony just popped to listen to you, such a pleasure to hear you play. Hope life is treating you well. Love and respect BJ
At 12:15pm on July 27, 2009, Randy Williams DOSE said…
this was about 25or30years ago. we were soppose to do the grand opening of the showboat in alantic city. and we got there and construction wasnt complete. im not sure if it was you or jr?
At 4:52pm on July 25, 2009, Randy Williams DOSE said…
tony did you play with the sargent sistersyears ago?
At 7:51pm on May 20, 2009, Patti Spadaro said…
Hi Tony, just stopping by to say hello.
Take care,
Patti
At 5:52am on May 2, 2009, ladyruth said…
Hi Tony thanks for the invite
At 4:05am on April 8, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Tony,

I don't think Sampson & Delilah were from Pittsburgh although I saw them at the hurricane several times. Am I mistaken?
At 1:29pm on February 8, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
Thank you for adding me as your friend!!!!!.....
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below...JB


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