Tony Markellis Wiki
Tony Markellis Biography
Who is Tony Markellis?
Tony Markellis was a bassist and record producer from Helena, Montana, who resided in Saratoga Springs, New York until his death. Markellis was best known as the bassist for the Trey Anastasio Band and several other groups led by the Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio.
In his forty-seven-year career, he played blues, folk, jazz, rock, country, and bluegrass with such musicians as Trey Anastasio,  Paul Butterfield, The Mamas & the Papas, Johnny Shines, David Bromberg, David Amram, Paul Siebel , Rosalie Sorrels, Eric Von Schmidt, Ellen McIlwaine, Mary McCaslin, Railbird, Jo Henley, and Floodwood. Markellis was a founding member of the innovative Vermont-based jazz fusion group Kilimanjaro, as well as the Unknown Blues Band with Big Joe Burrell.
In the late 1990s, Markellis became the first member of Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio’s first solo band, forming the rhythm section with drummer Russ Lawton. Including his work with Anastasio, Markellis has appeared on over a hundred albums. In addition to tours with the Trey Anastasio Band, he has been working with Kilimanjaro, singer-songwriters Michael Jerling and Bob Warren, Ghosts of the Forest (a Phish / TAB hybrid), the Mardi Gras carnival funk band Krewe Orleans, and occasionally with the American band Jo Henley.
On June 20, 2010 (Father’s Day), Tony was invited on stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) to play bass with Phish on “Gotta Jibboo” (one of the songs he co-wrote with Trey and Russ Lawton for the Trey Anastasio Band.). Phish bassist Mike Gordon played second guitar during the song.
Tony Markellis Age
The age of Tony Markellis is unknown.
Cause of death
News of the bass player’s passing broke on April 30, with his nephew Cory Markellis writing: “Uncle Tony. My hero. You will always be remembered as one of the greatest. I can’t even begin to find the words to describe his legacy. Such a bright, passionate, talented, hardworking and intelligent person. You have been one of my biggest influences and have had such a positive impact on our lives. Such a kind and inspiring soul. Life will not be the same without you. ”
A close musical friend of Trey Anastasio, Markellis joined Phish guitarist’s first solo band, 8 Foot Florescent Tubes, in 1998 alongside Russ Lawton and later became the mainstay and driving force for the Trey Anastasio Band.”Tony Markellis passed away yesterday,” Anastasio wrote, after hearing the news. “He was a truly extraordinary human being. He was kind and had sweetness to his personality, and he was the saddest bass player I have ever heard. I loved Tony and always will. I am having a hard time processing this. Tony was the heartbeat of much of my life and the lives of so many others … I was very lucky to have had a very long phone conversation with Tony just a few days ago. We talked for almost two hours. We talked about family, friends, and funny thoughts about the pandemic. It wasn’t often that we talked like that on the phone. I had no idea this would be our last conversation. Now it seems like it happened for a reason. “