I knew Tony from our early teen years. We both took lessons from the great Hal Tennyson in Houston. I'll never forget the Saturday morning "sax sessions", where Hal and 4 of his students wanted to learn to play big band music: 2 altos, 2 tenors and a baritone. Tony could already improvise beautifully at that young age. What a great musician. What a loss to the jazz world.
Tony, I heard you play, then I got a saxophone. You taught me to to play, but you have left me with more than just the knowledge. You showed me the joy of music and the joy of life. God bless you Tony Campise
Tony and I go all the way back to the Cork Club house band in Houston in the late 60's. He was already a great player then. When I cam back to town from the Army (Armed Forces School of Music) and Woody Herman to start the new jazz program at the University of Houston, Tony came aboard, wanting to complete his degree. Not surprisingly, he won Outstanding Musician at the U of Texas Jazz Festival when we took our UH band there. Though we saw each other less frequently in recent years, our friendship never missed a beat. Tony was always loving, funny and a great jazz talent. My deep condolences to his family, especially to his dear Mother. Tony,your sound will always be in my ears- and in my heart.
Sweet Tony, you will be missed by so many.
Gracie Ross (TFB)
Tony (my dear freind) You left this world much to soon!!! God needed the best of the best to play beautifull music throu Eternety!!! I will miss all the good times we had when You honored us at Genos (open mike night) With your amazing God given talent You will always and forever be in my prayers. To all of your family and freinds I mourn with you all!!! Untill we meet again. Al Hernandez (512) 6539671 (P.S.) I have some pictures taken at Genos any one interrested in a copy just call. God Bless.
As is true for all of Tony's fans and as a one who got to know him as a friend over the last 5 years, the great musicianship, joy and love he brought to his monthly performances at the E Room has enriched all our lives. Thank you Tony.-- Clay
Tony was a gift from God as he played on Sunday mornings at Riverbend Church.
My condolences to Tony's family and friends. The music he made was always inventive, and watching him play was always uplifting.
What an incredible loss!! I was one of several young musicians in the late 1970s and early 1980s that Tony helped get started in the business. He was my teacher, my mentor, and my friend. His passion for music making and for his fellow man were contagious, and continues in those of us who knew and loved him.
I met Tony at Las Brisas in Houston in the early 80's, and was amazed by his talent. I caught him all over town for several years, and was happy to find him here years later after moving from Houston. Turns out I lived next door to some of his relatives back in the 50's. Condolences to his family.
So sorry to hear of Tony's passing. Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends. Such a warm heart and talented mind to be lost to the world. I will always remember his many kind words to those of us who got to sing behind him in the Riverbend Choir. He was always very generous in his appreciation of us non-musicians which only deepened our respect for him. Love you, miss you. The Eldridge's. Lakeland, FL.
I was fortunate enough to play with Tony in the Houston area in the 70's and early 80's. his outstanding musicianship was only surpassed by his kindness and encouragement for his fellow musicians. It was an honored to have known him.
I was fortunate to play with Tony in the Houston area in the 70's and early 80's. Tony's amzing musicianship was only surpassed by his kindness, support, and encouragement that he offered to his fellow musicians. I am honored to have known him.
Tony was one of my best friends. We worked together at the Cork Club with Paul Schmidt in the seventies.
Tony was always a unique player with a great sense of humor. Every solo he played was interesting. I miss him.
Joe Gallardo (Stuttgart, Germany)
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
The Doster family would like to express their sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the great Tony Campise. I feel blessed to have worked with Tony and to be around his always musical vibrations.
I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Mr. Campise years ago at a small dinner. In the course of the evening, I mentioned to a fellow attendee a certain favorite song of mine. To my delight and surprise, Mr. Campise played the most beautiful arrangement of it and dedicated it to me. I'll never forget Mr. Campise's talent and generosity. He will be missed.
i am positive you, Bobby Doyle, Jerry Lloyd have already created the Heavenly Trio!
until we meet again-
I loved you as a wonderful human being and as one of the greatest musicians of our time. Thank you for gracing my life.
I remember Tony best from his days playing at Cody's an elegant penthouse club on Montrose in Houston where Kirk Whalum also played the place later became Scott Gertner's sky bar). We were fake-id carrying, jazz loving high-school seniors. He was friendly, and made us feel like a big deal with our dates. Imagine the pleasant nostalgia when I walked into Eddie V's for my 17th wedding anniversary a few years ago, and there he was -- seemingly unaged and cooler than ever. Thanks for the good times, and safe travels, Tony.
I will dearly miss you Tony.
Words cannot begin to convey what I owe to Tony as a saxophonist. His influence over the last 29 years is the core of my sound. More importantly, though, is his friendship. Tony, thank you for your advice, mentoring, friendship and especially for all the laughs. See you on the other side, Big Brother!
My brother, what can I say, you will always be in my prayers. It was always a good time when we played and you will be missed greatly by all who loved you!... Your Amigo, Woe