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Tanksley, Francesca


Francesca Tanksley
MA in Music, Queens College; BA in Music, University of the State of New York; AA in Liberal Arts, University of Maryland, Munich, Germany campus
Pianist, Composer

Francesca Tanksley studied piano with Sir Roland Hanna, Harry Jensen (Franz Liszt tradition), and composition with Jimmy Heath. She is a member of and has recorded with the Billy Harper Quintet, the Jeff Siegel Quartet, the Erica Lindsay Quartet, and Howard Johnson's HoJo5, as well as leading her own group, the Francesca Tanksley Trio.  She has performed with Melba Liston, David Newman, Cecil Payne, Laurel Masse, Nick Brignola, Reggie Workman, Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, and others.  Awards include: The ASCAP Louis Armstrong Composers' Scholarship, Eubie Blake Scholarship, and Graduating Masters' Award. 
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