RIP Tony Markellis

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  1. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
  2. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    He was featured in Bass Player mag a while ago.
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  3. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
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  4. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    So sad to hear about this one today. Rest in peace Tony. Hold that groove down
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  5. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I dug Tony's playing, badass!
    Fly on Tony.........................
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  6. DanTheQuaker

    DanTheQuaker Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    Such a great bassist. And apparently also a great person.
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  7. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    “Tony Markellis passed away yesterday. He was a truly remarkable human being. He was kind and had a sweetness to his personality, and he was the baddest bass player I’ve ever heard. I loved Tony, and I always will. I’m having a hard time processing this. Tony was the heartbeat to so much of my life, and to the lives of so many others. He played bass for my first dance with Sue at our wedding. We wrote First Tube and Sand together, and played so many years, so many memories.

    I was very lucky to have had a very long phone conversation with Tony only a few days ago. We talked for almost two hours. We caught up on family, friends, and funny pandemic thoughts. It wasn’t often that we talked on the phone like that. I had no idea it would be our last conversation. Now it feels like it happened for a reason.

    I’m so grateful today for those hours, and for all of the years together.

    Tony, we’ll all miss you. Thank you for the gifts you brought to all of us.

    RIP my friend.”

    -Trey Anastasio
  8. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    why have I never heard of this Tony?
  9. silvertone


    Nov 6, 2007
    SF, CA
    An Absolute Groove Master - may he RIP!
    Pleased to have seen him play about a dozen shows with TAB.
    So frikkin' solid and so fundamentally different from Cactus - Trey's other bass playing muse.
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  10. wilberthenry


    May 12, 2009
    You probably haven't heard of him unless you are a Phish/Trey Anastasio fan or into the jamband scene. The amount of music out there makes knowing great bass players across genres a near impossible task.
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  11. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Tony was loved around here in Burlington and anchored many great local outfits. Look for his stuff with Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band. He was one of the area’s bassists I most admired, and could listen to all night. ...hard to believe he’s gone. RIP Tony.
  12. I never heard of Tony until I moved into the gravitational pull of Burlington, Vermont. That live Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band album just knocks me out every time.
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  13. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    He was the John Kahn to Mike's Phil Lesh.
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  14. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    Beacon Jams gave me life this year. TAB has/had a great groove and Markelis was a really key part of that. A real loss. Rest In Peace.
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  15. waveman


    Sep 25, 2008
    :(:(:(:( Sad to hear this
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  16. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I knew him well before Phish even existed, he was a phenomenal jazz player who we'd see around northern VT quite regularly playing with the great Paul Asbell. Super nice guy too, he was very encouraging to me as both an aspiring young player and electronics wonk.

    He actually was Phil's roadie for a time IIRC. His war stories in general were very entertaining, but he was a pretty modest guy.

    They used to come out to Stowe pretty often when I lived there a zillion years ago. I was a little more into Kilimanjaro, but the UBB was an easier commercial sell and a super fun night out.

    Rock on Tony.
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