Tony Markellis

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Tony Markellis is a bassist and record producer from Helena, Montana, now residing in Saratoga Springs, New York.[1] In his forty-five year career he has played blues, folk, jazz, rock, country and bluegrass with musicians such as Trey Anastasio,[2] 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 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.[3] Including his work with Anastasio, Markellis has appeared on over one hundred albums. In addition to tours with the Trey Anastasio Band, he is currently working with Kilimanjaro,[1] acoustic blues power trios No Outlet [4] and Street Corner Holler, The Burns Sisters Band, bluegrass fusion band Floodwood, acoustic Grateful Dead cover band Dead2Me, singer/songwriters Michael Jerling and Bob Warren, and occasionally with Americana band Jo Henley.[5] On June 20, 2010 (Fathers Day), Tony was invited on stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) to play bass with Phish on "Gotta Jibboo" (one of the songs he cowrote with Trey and Russ Lawton for the Trey Anastasio Band). Phish's bassist, Mike Gordon played the second guitar during the song.[6]


  1. ^ a b Hallenbeck, Brent (7 June 2006). "Kilimanjaro rises again". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  2. ^ Parke Puterbaugh (2009). Phish: The Biography. De Capo Press. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-306-81484-6. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  3. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (30 March 2002). "Stepping out of Phish's Shadow". Billboard. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  4. ^ Hochanadel, Michael (11 January 2002). "Randolph takes 'steel' church music to success". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  5. ^ Pilarczyk, Andrzej. "Tony Markellis: Mr. Bassman". Nippertown. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  6. ^ McLaughlin, Frank (June 20, 2010). Retrieved 12 February 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)