Information reaching our news desk has it that talented bassist and record producer from Helena, Montana, Tony Markellis has sadly passed away. He was reported to have died today April 30 2021. Circumstances surrounding his death has not been made known to the public at the time of filing this report.
The news of his death flooded social media today.
Markellis was a founding member of the groundbreaking Vermont-based jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro, as well as the Unknown Blues Band featuring Big Joe Burrell. In the late 1990s, Markellis became the first member of the first solo band of Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, forming the rhythm section with drummer Russ Lawton.
During the course of his career has played blues, folk, jazz, rock, country and bluegrass with musicians such as Trey Anastasio, Paul Butterfield, The Mamas & the Papas.
Reacting to his death Paddy Donnelly wrote – RIP Tony Markellis. Horrible, horrible loss to the music community. In our moments passing you were sweet, humble and inviting. I’ll continue to look up to your pocket and groove.