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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Stranger Danger, Apr 30, 2021.
We lost another great one
Tony Markellis, Renowned Trey Anastasio Band Bassist, Passes Away
He was featured in Bass Player mag a while ago.
So sad to hear about this one today. Rest in peace Tony. Hold that groove down
I dug Tony's playing, badass!
Fly on Tony.........................
Such a great bassist. And apparently also a great person.
“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.”
why have I never heard of this Tony?
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.
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.
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.
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.
He was the John Kahn to Mike's Phil Lesh.
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.
Sad to hear this
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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